Spring-time Vines

While everyone has their own tastes and preferences, there are a few themes to consider as you’re choosing springtime wine for meals and gatherings this season. We talked with wine expert Kevin Castellano, general manager of Wayzata Wine and Spirits, and learned about his favorite picks for 2017, plus tips for selecting and serving wines on your own. Read more about Spring-time Vines


Fruit of the Vine

One of the most celebrated vintners of all time, the legendary Philippine de Rothschild, once famously commented that for anyone entering the wine business, the first 200 years are the most difficult. After that, growing grapes and making fine wines becomes easier, she said. Read more about Fruit of the Vine


Grapey Good

If beer isn’t your thing—or if you’re just tired of hearing about it at this time of year—we’ve got seasonal wine picks from John Farrell, vice president of sales and merchandising for Haskell’s. “These wines will please a crowd, go with traditional Irish-American foods, and won’t cost you much,” Farrell says.

White: Serve a light, unoaked chardonnay or viognier.

Red: Try a cru beaujolais from Brouilly, Morgon or Fleurie. Read more about Grapey Good


It’s Not Rocket Science

Thumb through Chuck Kanski’s reading materials and one might find wine periodicals rubbing elbows with journals examining Eastern philosophy, meditation and quantum physics. The co-owner of Solo Vino Bottle Shop once majored in organic physics (“But calculus II had a different idea,” he quips), and later economics at the University of St. Thomas. Read more about It’s Not Rocket Science



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