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Just Around the Corner

It’s November and you know what that means. My favorite Holiday is right around the corner. To help you get ready and have a great wine line-up for your people we will be spotlighting our picks for this year’s Thanksgiving Feast. Some wine pairing ideas that you might...

Good and Scary Wines

If you are hosting or going to a Halloween party, or if you just want a nice, rich red to quaff as you wait for the doorbell to ring, we have got some solid selections of scary good wines at some terrific prices, Check these out. Cheers! -Bill “The Wine...

The Wines of Clay Shannon

Owner and visionary leader of Shannon Ridge Family of Wines, Clay Shannon has transformed his ranch into one of the agricultural icons of California’s North Coast, and in doing so is changing the face and substance of grape-growing in the USA.  Clay grew up on a farm...

Pumpkin Beers, because, duh…

With Fall in full effect, I wanted to talk about some seasonal pumpkin beers. Even though it’s not my favorite style of beer by any means, it’s only fair that I highlight some of the tasty ones. It’s no secret that I’m partial towards the hazies and the sours, so...

New From 90+ Cellars

Wines from 90+ Cellars continue to thrill our customers! These wines are great values, assorted from producers around the world by U of M Carlson School of Management grad, Kevin Mehra. You know the concept by now; Kevin works globally with wineries who have excess...

Only at Top Ten Liquors Just for You

This is such an exciting time to be a wine lover. As I stated in a previous blast, we have been doing a lot of traveling and sleuthing out some great bottles from France, Spain and Italy. Old World wines have such a solid, classical make-up to them with interesting...

Ciders!…?

This week, I’m taking a few steps outside of my comfort zone, and writing about Hard Ciders. I will honestly say right off the bat that I am not a huge fan of ciders, but I approached this with open eyes, an open mind, and an open palate.  I suppose I’ll start with a...

Darkness on the Edge of Lodi

All of us at Top Ten Liquors were exited last week to welcome back wines from a winery we consider and old friend and a customer favorite. The Klinker Brick Winery from Lodi, California is back and sending some seriously delicious wines to Minnesota. Folks in Blaine...

The Road to Great Value Runs Through Gaston, Oregon

I first visited the Elk Cove winery in 2009 as part of the Pinot Camp training that was sponsored by prominent Willamette Valley wine producers. The Campbell Family have a beautiful spot in rural Gaston, Oregon. At that time, they were busy growing and implementing...

Finding Water In a Dry Lanscape

If Water is Life, Wine is Living The first time I visited Chateau Ste. Michelle’s Cold Creek Vineyard, I thought the Sonora Dessert looked more hospitable. The view for 180 degrees was brown dirt and scrub brush, but turn around and beautiful, green vines climbed up...
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