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July 24, 2009

Daytrip-it: Visit a Local Winery

Filed under: Awards, Cooking, MHS press, Travel — Mary Poggione @ 9:30 am

phpjihahRTake eating local to the next level. Visit a regional winery today.

With theĀ development of hardier, cold-weather grapes spearheaded by the University of Minnesota, wineries across Minnesota have been thriving.

Here are a few ideas for your weekend pleasure. Also, just so you know, in Minnesota you can buy wine from the wineries on Sundays.

Alexis Bailly Vineyard: Hastings, MN; open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 11-5:30. Recommended wine: Voyageur.

Cannon River Winery: Cannon Falls, MN; open Monday through Thursday 11-7, Friday and Saturday 11-9, and Sundays 12-6. Recommended wine: St. Pepin.

Morgan Creek Vineyards: New Ulm, MN; Friday and Saturday 12-9, Sundays 12-5. Recommended wine: Puck’s Pride.

Winehaven Winery: Chisago City, MN; Thursday through Saturday 10-5, Sundays 12-5. Recommended wine: Marchel Foch.

Many more wineries and recommendations can be found in the MHS Press book Wineries of Wisconsin and Minnesota by Patricia Monaghan. You can also find more information at the Minnesota Grape Growers Association site.

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