Northern Rhone Shootout

Pinch Me, a Flight of Classic Northern Rhone Reds Do you have a shop in your town that runs serious tastings? We’re lucky to have several venues in Minneapolis, one of which is Sunfish Cellars. In addition to basic classes, Sunfish regularly offers deep explorations into serious wines.  Tonight we sampled wines from a number … Continue reading

Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Visit to Minnesota

When I attended the Domaine Jean-Louis Chave visit & tasting at Sunfish Cellars in August, I had no idea it would lead to something more. The lucky folks who attended enjoyed an evening with Erin Cannon Chave. Erin is married to Jean-Louis, the current head of this historic family of winegrowers from the Northern Rhone … Continue reading

#CabernetDay

Cabernet Day wine corks

OK, so all these goofy celebration days have started showing up.  They don’t always make sense.  Enjoy Cabernet based wines in August?? Whose idea was that?  Once you decide to just go with it, you can have a lot of fun! Nicholas Kolnik organized a #CabernetDay event at Sunfish Cellars, a favorite Twin Cities wine … Continue reading

Sunfish Cellars: A Class on the Pinnacle of Piedmont Wines

In a typical wine class, I expect to taste a number of inexpensive wines and one or two top wines.  Sunfish Cellars brought Weston Hoard, the Piedmont Guy,  to teach a class focusing on the king (Barolo) and queen (Barbaresco) of the Piedmont, considered by many the pinnacle of Italian wine.  Tonight, we tasted only … Continue reading

Local Artisan Cheese Class at Sunfish Cellars

I’m a pretty big fan of local artisan cheeses and I search them out at farmers markets and shops around the Twin Cities. Recently I visited  Sunfish Cellars,  a St. Paul wine and beer shop that has a new wine bar and cheese shop attached.  This past week I attended their “Regional Cheeses” class, knowing … Continue reading

Terroir 101 – Ladera Vineyards Tasting at Sunfish Cellars

Terroir is a frequent topic of conversations with wine drinkers and wine marketers, but what is it really about? In it’s simplest form, terroir is described as a wine tasting uniquely like the place it was grown, including a reflection of the particular soil and growing conditions that particular season.  Terroir can be obscured by … Continue reading

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