The State Fair! It's finally here! How much can YOU eat on a stick? And that three-day weekend for Labor Day!?! Gimme some more warm Fall feelings! When you talk about this time of year in Minnesota, it elicits various reactions. For some, this is the slippery slope to the "dreaded darkness" of winter. But for a ton of other folks, this is a time to enjoy layering our clothes and the excitement of cozy feelings wedded with crackling, autumnal fires. Whatever your thoughts about Fall, we have some exciting wines to share with you! These wines speak to all parts of the spectrum. Take a look!

Tastings & Events
Friday's Free Wine Tasting, 4:00-8:00pm

2012 Poderi La Collina Langhe Sauvignon Blanc
2015 Smithereens White Blend
Sikele IGP Terra Sicilane Bianco
2014 Haden Fig Pinot Noir
2015 St Magdalener Alto Adige

Plus a Secret Sipper: 2015 Orin Swift The Prisoner

Saturday's Free Wine Tasting 3:00-7:00
Check our Facebook page early Saturday afternoon for the complete lineup. There might be a few surprises!!

New & Exciting Wines


2016 Chateau La Rame Sauvignon Blanc Bordeaux $21.99
This crisp, delightful wine will delight and amuse your palate. Enjoy the traditional herbaceous qualities of this varietal, along with a refreshing zing. It's excellent with both end of summer pasta dishes as well as more hearty fare of paella and chicken.

2012 Poderi La Collina Langhe Sauvignon Blanc $18.99
A perfect expression of a more citrus-driven variety, this wine with bright acidity may call to mind notes of valencia oranges or vanilla. Drink by itself, or with your favorite light dishes.

2015 Smithereens White Blend $24.99
This well-balanced blend of Grenache Blanc, Roussanne and others, will pair nicely with those start-of-Fall bonfires and the dishes which often accompany. We found this wine to be a perfect balance of ripe fruits mixed with a very fair hint of smokiness.

Sikele IGP Terra Sicilane Bianco $18.99
A gorgeously refreshing orange wine, this juice might have you thinking differently about what "orange wine" can be. Made entirely of Grecanico grapes, the taste is crisp and refreshing, perhaps reminiscent of a "heavy" rose. This is the perfect segue from your #roseallday summer to the emergent Fall flavors!


2013 Stolpman Vineyards Estate Grown Syrah 90 Points WS $28.99
Showing bright cranberry and tangerines tones, this delicious vintage immediately points to ripe harvest flavors. Enjoy with smoked meats and other savory dishes.

2014 Seven Hills Merlot 92 Points WE $13.99
Sultry, given over to lush spice and tobacco notes, this Merlot is an embodiment of the season. But don't let the earthiness fool you, this can be an easy drinking wine for around the fire without any pairings.

2014 Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon 90 Points WS $21.99
The silky tannins of this easy-drinking Cab open up to reveal dark cherry and plum flavors. We think you'll find this to be an excellent year-round accompaniment to your favorite activities.

2014 Penascal Estate Tempranillo $8.99
A perfect bonfire wine, this bottle will effortlessly accompany your barbecue. This nice "everyday" tempranillo will hold up to all the "big boys" in style and flavor. 

2016 G.D. Vajra Langhe Nebbiolo $23.99
One of Piedmont's best kept secrets, G.D. Vajra is a producer that keeps giving flavor and life to the Nebbiolo of the region. We strongly recommend you give this wine a try!

Thanks for reading. We hope to see you soon.

The North Loop Wine & Spirits Team

Key: WA=Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, WS=The Wine Spectator, IWC=Steven Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, WE=Wine Enthusiast, North Loop Staff: LI=Lisa, TD=Tony, DM=Darrin, PG=Patti, JB=Jon, MP=Madison, ER=Emily

North Loop Wine and Spirits
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55401

North Loop Wine and Spirits