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There’s no better way to launch your sipping into summer than with bottles from Bodkin Wines and Maison Noir Wines. Featuring fresh takes on classics — including America’s first sparkling Sauvignon Blanc — these two labels were founded with a keen sense of old school winemaking and a passion for transforming it into something new.

Chris Christensen started Bodkin Wines in 2011 in Sonoma County with a focus on small-scale production and innovative aromatic wines. He’s originally from Iowa and learned his love of wine when he moved out to California to attend Stanford. For the Shakespeare fans out there, the label’s motto is “we happy, happy few,” after a line the Bard’s play Henry V.

Award-winning sommelier André Hueston Mack, who has worked at French Laundry and Per Se, started Maison Noir Wines in 2007. His aim was to produce wines for top New York restaurants where he worked, and we’re lucky to now carry them for you in the Twin Cities. The label’s designs and style are reminiscent of Mack’s love of hip hop, punk, and skateboarding. His expertise in fabulous wines is unmatched, and that knowledge is evident in every bottles.

These wines, both produced by Black winemakers making waves in the industry, are the perfect glass-fillers for summer. The labels’ approach to wine may make light of industry’s traditional snobbery, but their skilled production and passion are no joke. These serious but accessible wines are perfect for everything from celebrations to everyday kickbacks

 

Bodkin Wines Victor’s Spoils Sauvignon Blanc

Bodkin’s winemakers intended this bottle to be your perfect day-to-night selection, covering you wherever the day’s festivities may take you. It’s a low-alcohol wine with lots of flavor, remaining light and approachable.

 

Bodkin Wines Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc

This bottle has a special claim to fame — it’s America’s first sparkling Sauvignon Blanc. It has a sharp crispness and bubbling acidity, and is named for the battle that inspired Shakespeare’s Henry V.

 

Maison Noir Wines O.P.P. Other People’s Pinot Noir

This wine is a classic Willamette Valley offering, bringing you the best of what Oregon Pinot has to offer. Crafted in the “garage” wine style, it’s a great value and represents the true spirit of its vineyards of origin.

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