BILL THE WINE GUY

When it comes to wine, the more you know, the better. Get expert tips on tasting, pairings and special varieties from your favorite resident wine steward.

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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...

Is a Republic of Bears Gentrifying the Twin Cities!?

Very few things excite me more than well respected breweries finally hitting the Minnesota market. Hailing from Sonoma County California, Bear Republic has been a West Coast staple for more than 20 years. I don’t know what compelled them to expand to our fine...

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...

Something is Missing Here…

There are 4 major ingredients needed to make beer; water, hops, malts, and yeast. Or not. In fact, the only ingredient that you actually need is yeast; the other three can be substituted with other ingredients. I thought it would be interesting to seek out three beers...

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...
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