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Lab Notes


Minnesota State Fair

August 28, 2023

Karin Rockstad, Spanish translator/English editor, WSET Educator, SWS, FWS, IWS, Albariño Ambassador, Certified Advanced Cava Educator, Sommelier 1


Nikki and I spoke "podcast-style" yesterday at the Minnesota State Fair, one of the largest fairs in the US. There is a dedicated "MN Wine Country" building where a great audience got to sip some cold climate wines: Itasca, Frontenac, and Marquette. Those grapes were even part of the shaded pergola where others were enjoying their beverages outside.

The first recorded vineyard in Minnesota was planted in 1973 in Hastings (Alexis Bailly Vineyard), which is still in operation today. Today there are more than 70 wineries in the state. Cold climate grapes are on the rise, so I hope you can get to know these wineries, many of which are just a short drive from the Twin Cities.

The MN Wine Country building is a spacious place to try some local wines (even wine slushies!) and pair them with the different food available:

Head out to the great Minnesota get-together and support our local wineries!



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