BILL THE WINE GUY

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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...

Down in Smoke

It’s that time of year where it could be in the high 70’s or dipping below freezing.  That being the case, I’m focusing this week’s blog on beers that would go great around a campfire: namely smoked beers. -Kent Block, Certified Cicerone And...

Our Antipodal Winery of the Year

If we in Minnesota drilled a hole straight through the planet we would come out in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Perth, Australia. This is our antipode. However, with some bending and twisting along the way, I’ll pretend we came out just east of Adelaide near the...

The Great Pumpkin Debate

Basic white girls of the world rejoice! PSL season (Pumpkin Spice Latte season for all you laymen out there) is upon us and everyone is getting into the game. Unlike the Starbucks’ of the world and your token white girl, craft brewers have been playing with pumpkin...
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