Don’t Be a Snob; Drink Local…
… 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.
I had never given Minnesota wines a fair chance. Too cold here, traditional wine grapes do not survive our winters, wimps.
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. I decided this would be the year I start to drink local. Know what? Minnesota makes some wine that can be at any table and be proud. Not that French, or Italian, or Argentinian…. winemakers are shaking in their boots.
Some Minnesota wineries are doing a great job exploring how to make fine wines from Minnesota, but some have a ways to go. Sweet can provide balance, but sometimes sweet is just too sweet.
So Minnesota may not be the only region I need to explore for wine. I do love to see what someone else’s “local” is.
What About You?
If you live in Philadelphia, or Boston, or London, you probably think more widely than just your local wine. What if you live in California? Maybe you need to embrace more than just local. What do you think?
Monthly Wine Writing Challenge #12
This is my entry in our friendly group of wine bloggers willing to take on a monthly theme. This month’s theme was “Local”. If you’d like to read the other entries, you can find them here: