Drink Local

Minnesota Uncorked™ in conjunction with Minnesota Grown are calling on YOU to help bring more local wine into area restaurants!

Visit Minnesota Grown to join the movement. 

The Sip on Local Wine

Crisp beverages have a cleansing effect that makes them very food friendly.

Wines from cooler climates ­— like Minnesota­ — are naturally crisp, due to their higher acidity.

Wines from warmer growing regions tend to have lower acids, higher alcohols and stronger tannins, making them challenging to pair with foods. In addition, acid in the right proportion, provides balance and longevity to wine.

Why Local? How Local?

Farm-to-table dining is a strong and growing movement — yet Tami Bredeson, President of Carlos Creek Winery, notes that the “local food movement has pushed farm fresh produce to the menus of top restaurants, [but it] stops short when it comes to local wines.”  Having taken a close look at leading Twin Cities restaurant menus, she adds that “even restaurants hailed as leaders in local sourcing often have few, if any, local wines”. (For more reading, check out Where’s the Local on the Wine List?)

Minnesota wines are Minnesota grown!

Minnesota Farm Wineries are required by statute to source at least 51% of their fruit from Minnesota growers, supporting thousands of acres of vineyards across the state, and hundreds of jobs.  Minnesota wines truly are a boon to our local economy!

What can a someone unfamiliar with local wine expect?

“In general, Minnesota wines are a little more acidic than people are used to, akin to a wine from the northern part of Germany like a dry Riesling. But these days you’ll see a mix of sweet and dry styles thanks to the grapes developed by the University of Minnesota’s breeding program, and this is slowly creeping into the awareness of the local wine-drinking public.” says Aaron Berdofe, wine educator and Minnesota Grape Growers Association board member.

Wine Quick Guides
We're developing some quick guides to Minnesota wines to help you get to know (and sell) these wines to your customers.  We'll let you know when they're ready if you drop your email here.
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We’re developing some “quick guides” to help you get to know these wines (and if you’re in the restaurant/wine biz, to describe them to your customers).  We’ll let you know when the guides come out if you drop your email in the box above!

More Reading: An overview of some popular varieties

 

Distribution

Distiributors

The Wine Company – info@thewinecompany.net | 651-487-1212

Self-Distribute

  • Cannon River Winery (Cannon Falls, MN) – Rosie Arntz rosie@cannonriverwinery.com 651-778-1944
  • Carlos Creek Winery (Alexandria, MN) – Tami Bredeson| tami@carloscreekwinery.com | 320-846-5443
  • Glacial Ridge Winery (Spicer, MN) – Ronald Wothe – wine@glacialridgewinery.com – 320-796-9463
  • Morgan Creek Vineyards (New Ulm) – Adam Martii mcvadam@aol.com 507-381-6251
  • North Shore Winery (Duluth, MN) – Kim Corliss| kim@northshorewinery.us| 218-481-9281
  • Richwood Winery (Callaway, MN) – Penny Aguirre| pennyag@earthlink.net| 612-237-6623
  • Parley Lake (Waconia, MN) – Lin Deardorff, lin@parleylake.com, Steve Zeller, steve@parleylake.com
  • Round Lake Vineyards (Round Lake, MN) – Perian Kummrow| perian@ellcom.us| 507-945-1009


Where to Drink Local

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If local restaurants do not offer Minnesota wines on their menu, simply leave this card with the server.
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