Who doesn’t love wine? Personally, I like the sweet ones. Rieslings, Moscatos, bubbly stuff. Some of my favorite wines are from Carlos Creek Winery, a winery in west central Minnesota, near where I grew up.
But there are many other wineries in Minnesota, so one thing on my 40 in 40 list was to get me to explore more of them by going on a Minnesota wine trail.
There are five different wine trails in Minnesota, and when I was exploring them I saw that the Great River Road Wine Trail had a November event where you would get a wine glass, a wine tote bag, and you could visit each winery for wine and food pairings. I contacted my mom and sisters and everyone was game, so on the weekend of November 11 & 12, we hopped in the car (with my sister Tammy as our designated driver), and we hit 8 out of 11 wineries on the trail.
Here’s a map of all the wineries on this trail. We didn’t go all the way down into Iowa, but we did go to La Crescent and made our way back up to Cannon Falls. We didn’t hit all the wineries in Wisconsin just because of how much backtracking we’d have to do based upon where we could cross the river.
We had a great time, and we all came away buying at least a couple bottles of wine throughout the trip, with some of us buying more than others.
Now I need to try a different Minnesota wine trail. Who’s game?