Drinks

GD Vajra wine from Piedmont, Italy

GD Vajra from Piedmont, Italy makes terrific wines, and while their single varietal ones are great, our columnist says the blend is a good way to get into them.

A beer from Excelsior Brewing Co.

The Lake Minnetonka-inspired microbrewery is a social hub for Excelsior, where, yes, you can get a beer, but you can also meet new friends and attend unique events throughout the year.

A woman stands before a canvas, painting the grapevines at Parley Lake Winery.

Most wine lovers have heard of Napa Valley and Sonoma, but what about the Big Woods region of Minnesota?

Scandinavian Grandma, one of the signature shakes from new Minnetonka restaurant Copper Cow.

Build an at-home version of Copper Cow’s signature Scandinavian Grandma boozy shake.

The bar at Painter Creek Winery, where locally made wines and ciders are poured.

Newcomer Painter Creek Winery & Cidery offers drinks and on-site events.

A bottle of Juggernaut wine

For June, try one of our columnist's favorite wines to pair with any hearty meat on the barbecue—though cabernet lovers will enjoy this all on its own.

A local summer beer sits on a patio table next to a grapefruit.

OMNI Brewing Company, Unmapped Brewing, Wayzata Brew Works and Back Channel Brewing offer up their best beers for summer nights.

A flight of craft beers sits on a bar. Behind, a row of craft beers on tap.

While Minneapolis may be Minnesota’s craft beer capital, the Lake Minnetonka area is a hub in its own right, with plenty of great local options.

A bottle of Nik Weis Wiltinger Kabinett Riesling

For many, this grape is panned as only a sweet white wine for novices, and this is just not so.

Vina Tondonia Reserva 2004

Rioja is a large wine region in northern Spain known for great medium- and full-bodied reds made from predominantly tempranillo.

MasterChef Junior's Ariana Feygin and her father Lenny

MasterChef Junior's Ariana Feygin and her sommelier father talk cooking and pairing.

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