Wine of the Times

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Wine can be appreciated all year, but it’s especially apropos during the holiday season. Dinner parties, restaurant gatherings and holiday gift giving tend to make wine top of mind for many revelers. So, with stemware in one hand, we connected with local experts for information to help would-be wine drinkers get more comfortable buying, ordering and gifting wine during the holidays, or for that matter, any time of year. Because, anytime can be wine time. Read more about Wine of the Times


Valley Vineyards

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Chateau St. Croix Winery

Be transported to Europe at this French Chateau located in the St. Croix River valley. From car shows to jazz festivals there’s always something going on at the Chateau.

1998 State Road 87, St., Croix Falls; 715.483.2556;

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Spring Wines

Golden Gris
The Golden Gris is made from two grapes developed at the University of Minnesota: La Crescent, with flavors of ripe apricots and honey, and Frontenac gris (a mutant of the red grape, Frontenac) that gives the wine a most amazing floral perfume. We especially love to serve Golden Gris chilled, as an aperitif with appetizers that take us to Spain. $24.99. Alexis Bailly Vineyard

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Local Wines Take Flight

February is here, and the countdown to amore is on—but we all know planning for Valentine’s Day can bring stress that’s anything but romance-inducing. Lucky for us, the St. Croix River area is blossoming with high-quality wineries, all within an easy drive. We spoke with three whose tasting rooms and bevy of events and food offerings have made them go-to romantic destinations year-round—and also local experts on all things wine. They share their favorite varieties—listed in the order in which they are intended to be consumed—for elevating a romantic night in. Read more about Local Wines Take Flight


Vincent Negret Brings His Passion for Wine and Community from Colombia to Hudson

It’s been a long road for Vincent Negret, owner of the newly opened Negret Wine Co. in downtown Hudson. His family’s history of winemaking extends back three generations to Vincent Negret’s grandfather, Miguel, who founded a winery in 1937 in Bogotà, Colombia, specializing in vermouth and port wines. When Miguel retired in 1952, his sons, including Vincent’s father, Vicente, continued the family tradition with great success, launching the first sparkling wine made in Colombia. Read more about Vincent Negret Brings His Passion for Wine and Community from Colombia to Hudson


Saint Croix Vineyard’s Wine Meets Art Festival in Stillwater July 30–31

In 2009, Saint Croix Vineyards held its first Wine Meets Art Festival, bringing together local artists, vendors and musicians for a small summer soirée. Seven years later, the festival has grown to include two days of live music, dozens of artists from Minnesota and Wisconsin, and, of course, plenty of locally made wine to sample.

“The St. Croix River Valley has a huge number of artists and art fanatics,” says Torre Wolf, Saint Croix Vineyard’s tasting room assistant manager. “We wanted to create an event that drew people from all over to share their love of wine and art.” Read more about Saint Croix Vineyard’s Wine Meets Art Festival in Stillwater July 30–31

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