Drinks

crémant

Popping the cork on a bottle of bubbly can fill a room with celebratory spirits. As we move into brunch season and springtime celebrations, let’s take a closer look at a Champagne’s lesser-known cousin.

pour a glass of wine

sip

Simply entertain.

White chocolate bavarois ~ paired with ~ Raymond Ragnaud, Dessert wine/Cognac, Pineau des Charentes

When it comes to dining, oftentimes so much emphasis is placed on the main course that one of the best parts of a meal—dessert—is overlooked.

sparkling wine

Bubbles are a must for the holidays, and there are so many great variations out there that I’d like to highlight an entire category, not just one producer. 

Wine can be appreciated all year, but it’s especially apropos during the holiday season. Dinner parties, restaurant gatherings and holiday gift giving tend to make wine top of mind for many revelers.

Kym Jolstad

One morning in August 2019, Minnetonka resident Kym Jolstad got a call from her sister Kelly. “I said, ‘Hey, Kelly, what’s up? I’m at breakfast. Is everything okay?’ and she said, ‘No,’” Jolstad says. “...

wine set out on table

Wine and the holidays go hand in hand.  When hosting, a great pairing can make a meal so much better when done right.  Wine makes the dish taste better, and great food makes wine taste amazing.  This can be a daunting task if you think about it too hard; don’t be intimidated. 

Blood and Sand Cocktail

It’s time to prep for Halloween and Day of the Dead.  This hearty cocktail pairs with colder weather, and it’s also great for entertaining.  Shaken or stirred, here we go:

 

Blood and Sand Cocktail

This cocktail is very easy to prepare and non-committal, too, as these ingredients are often available in smaller format bottles, so give it a try.

El Presidente

I’ve chosen another novice-level cocktail for the Dog Days of Summer, and I thought it’d be good to hang onto the last bit of the season with a rum-based cocktail. 

El Presidente 

Prunotto Barolo 2012

I’ve chosen a wonderful Barolo for our Best of Sip feature for a couple reasons. This region is just a small portion of greater Piedmont in northwestern Italy, known for a variety of wonderful reds. It is often overlooked as it can be quite expensive.

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