Y O U R W E E K L Y N E W S & U P D A T E S
It's time to celebrate PRIDE 2018 weekend! We have plenty of fun beverages for you and your party people (even some themed goodies). If you have never been involved or spectated get to Loring Park in Minneapolis for the festival and Parade June 23-24.
If you are more of a music lover don't forget about Jazz Fest this weekend June 21-23 in Saint Paul's Lowertown. There are so many fun things to do this weekend around the cities. AND don't forget to stop in for our FREE wine & cocktail tastings while you are out and about.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY'S FREE WINE TASTINGS
Friday's Free Tasting (4-8pm)
with Special Guest Derek from Wine Merchants :

  • Cantina Mesa Giunco Vermentino di Sardegna
  • Hanna Sauvignon Blanc
  • Ca' Maiol Lugana
  • Il Poggione Brancato Rose
  • Martin Ray Pinot Noir
  • Gaja Ca' Marcanda Promis
  • Secret Sipper: Barnett Merlot
Saturday's Free Tasting (3-7pm)
with Special Guest Kristen from Small Lot

P L U S : Not to be Missed - Special Guest Sharon from Bellboy will be Mixing up C O C K T A I L S from 3-6PM on Saturday!!!


Staff Picks for P R I D E
Madison's Pick:
2017 Mesa 'Giunco' Vermentino di Sardegna
This is one of those perfect summertime wines - all sunshine, white flowers, apricot, and zesty grapefruit with a touch of salinity. This wine very loudly calls for some grilled fish and a nice summer salad on a patio or at the lake (but is also totally fine flying solo). I highly recommend drinking this wine while googling pictures of its homeland in beautiful, sunny Sardinia.  -$19.99
Doug's Pick:
2015 Wagner Vineyards, Finger Lakes Dry Riesling
This is one of my favorite domestic dry Rieslings on the market. The minerality, kaffir lime, and white floral notes of this wine are phenomenal while it showcases a laserbeam-like focus which is uncommon on this side of the Atlanti. It is a great example of what the Finger Lakes region of New York is capable of producing. If you are a riesling fanatic or just plain curious as to what a dry riesling can taste like, put this on your wishlist. -$21.99
Patti's Pick:
2013 Aphros "Pan" Sparkling Rosé
Pop some bubbly this weekend for Pride! Aphros has been praised for the strong identity and originality of it's wines, resonating with the tone of the weekend. Crafted in the ancestral method using amphorae lined with beeswax, "Pan" pours a punchy berry color and literally bubbles with freshness. It's produced from 100% Vinhao (one of the very rare grapes with red flesh). Hints of tart cherry, pomegranate, and blackberries are underlined by lively acidity. It's perfect for a hot day paired with ice cold oysters, sushi, or even something spicy. -$22.99
Dave's Pick:
2015 Field Recordings Fiction Red Blend
Andrew Jones is a prolific young wine maker. He uses his central coast connections to source small batches of grapes from ideal sights. The Fiction line is for multi vineyard and multi varietal blends. In this case Andrew has used his passion for under used varieties to create a Zinfandel blend with balance and depth. This is no mere 'stone soup' blend. The nine varietals represented here work together to add tannin, acidity and a widened flavor palette to Zinfandel's juicy ripe fruit. This is a great choice for grilled steak or smoked brisket, especially if your using a bit of spice. -$19.99
Amanda's Pick:
EFFEN Vodka, Pride Edition
EFFEN is supporting Pride month and LGBTQ equality with the release of the limited-edition Pride bottle. For every limited-edition Pride Bottle made, Beam Suntory donated $1 to Outfest, an organization that promotes LGBTQ equality by creating, sharing and protecting LGBTQ stories on the screen. EFFEN Vodka is a super-premium vodka that continues to push boundaries. From its unique distillation and filtration processes, to its distinct bottle design and core values of acceptance and creativity, the brand creates a vodka that delivers superior quality. The launch of the new campaign "Different By Design" illustrates EFFEN's ongoing commitment to foster a more expressive and inclusive tomorrow.
New & Exciting
NEW SPIRITS
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Ketel One Grapefruit Vodka
Ketel One Cucumber Mint Vodka
Larceny Kentucky Bourbon

NEW WINES
Henri Jouan, Chambolle Musigny 2005
Henri Jouan, Gevrey Chambertin Aux Eschezeaux 2009
Muga Rosado 2017
Lopez Heredia Gravonia 2007
Smockshop Oak Ridge Pinot Noir 2016
Secret Identity Rose 2017
Leitz Pinot Noir Rose 2017