BILL THE WINE GUY

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It’s Cline Time Again

Fall is about to give way to something else around here. It’s a time of year where I’m as likely to use the grill as the oven and comfort food is replacing lighter fare. Short ribs, pot roasts, meatloaf, roasted root vegetables and very soon, turkey and the whole...

Putting the “Funk” in Funkwerks

Funkwerks is relatively new here in Minnesota, even though the brewery has been around since 2007. Hailing from good ole Fort Collins, Colo., Funkwerks specializes in Saisons and other Belgian style brews. As you may or may not know, since I may or may not have...

Happy Hallowine! Don’t Be Afraid of These!

These are perfect wines for Fall and your Halloween party. The Phantom is waiting to haunt you and your guests with its richness and depth. The Freakshow will take you on a journey into darkness and thankfully, it is a delicious trip! The Devil is smooth and wants to...

Fresh Hop Fantasy

It’s my favorite time of year, Fresh Hop Season! As the weather gets chilly, us hop heads get one more shot at some green goodness before the snow flies. Before the first freeze at the end of harvest season brewers get their breweries ready to do a fast...

Joel Gott Rolls Along

We’ve been following Joel Gott for some time now but it’s still amazing to witness his success in the wine market. It’s seems like overnight, but he’s been bottling his eponymous wines since 1996. Starting out with some single vineyard Zinfandel from California, he...
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