Don’t Be a Snob; Drink Local…

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… And Don’t Let Your World Get Too Small!
I live in Minnesota, not known for its’ fine wines. Medicine, yes.  The hotel directly across from the Mayo Clinic has a floor reserved for “Royalty”, and they are serious!  The Rochester airport regularly receives jets from all over the world with patients headed for Mayo.  Sometimes just for their annual check-up.

Yep, we chill our wines out in the snow.  Be careful, -15 F can be a little too cold! Yep, we chill our wines out in the snow. Be careful, -15 F can be a little too cold!

I had never given Minnesota wines a fair chance.  Too cold here, traditional wine grapes do not survive our winters, wimps.

Snowshoe right out your back door.  Nice! Snowshoe right out your back door. Nice!

Over the last year or two, however, I started to hear about the progress being made at the University of Minnesota Department of Agriculture (responsible for the Haralson and Honeycrisp apples, no less) with hybridizing wine grapes that could tolerate our winters. …

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