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Dave Phinney might not have ever gotten into the wine world if not for a college break trip to Italy. It was then that he had an “aha” moment with wine and food. When the young man returned to the U.S. he changed his major and dove in head first. He got his first wine...

Red, White and Brew

Happy 4th! I hope yours is safe and fun, and no, those are not mutually exclusive. We have all your beverage needs covered here at Top Ten Liquors. Great stuff for you holiday cookout. This week we feature all American libations from California, Oregon and Minnesota....

Cross The Line For Value

As summer rolls on and we gather for parties, picnics, and grilling with friends,  we’ve been looking for really good values to make everybody happy. We feel we  hit paydirt with Line39 wines from California. Named for the fact the 39th parallel goes through Napa and...

Thanks Dad!

I got to spend some quality time with my 86 year-old father this past weekend. Unfortunately, it was at the funeral of his 78 year-old little brother. My siblings and I took Dad to Duluth and helped him up and down the stairs of the church. Along with my father, other...

Cooperative Success!!!

 In my French wine travels, I have visited many family owned operations as well as quite a few cooperative wineries. The French wine industry includes 619 cooperatives with 85,000 grower members that employ almost 18,000 people. Cooperative wine production represents...

Austerity? How About Affordable Luxury?!

The wine world is full of surprises. Good wines can transform and elevate a meal. Wine can bring folks together or help us unwind and relax. I love that every day I can learn things about regions, styles, varietals and people too. When Austerity wines were presented...
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