Blogging buddy Lenn has written up his impressions of the Minnesota wines I sent him for his “50 in 50” virtual tasting tour over at Wine Sediments. I picked the wines I did from one of the best wineries I have tasted at here because they were the best tasting to me on the day I visited the winery. I fully expected the Riesling or GewÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¼rztraminer to be selected, but I found both wines to be very lean and not showing very well right now (I think these new releases are too young).
Lenn was encouraging in his write-up, but mentioned my downplaying of the quality of wines coming from my state of residence. This got me thinking about why I should expect more from local wines and spend more time seeking them out. So from today forward, I will be on a quest for the best wine in Minnesota. This means tasting at all the wineries in the state or at least picking up some local wines more often in Twin Cities wine stores. I will blog my adventures and encourage local readers to post their suggestions for the best Minnesota grown wine (not wine made here from out-of-state grapes). At the end of the year I expect my quest to take, I will pull together all the standout wines for a blind tasting to determine the winner and create a special podcast around this experience.
I know it’s out there, but I haven’t yet found it… who makes the best wine in Minnesota?