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Save the date for the 9th annual Vintner Ball

Rob Zeaske, CEO, Second Harvest Heartland
Thursday, February 27, 2014

Throughout the year, Second Harvest Heartland relies on the generosity and commitment of many groups and individuals to help transform the hunger relief system and provide more food for our neighbors in need. The Vintner Ball is a shining example of how people in our community come together to meaningfully improve the lives of those who depend on us for help.

Holiday Spirits – Mulled Cider


Monday, December 23, 2013

A warming drink is always a cozy comfort on a cold day. Mix up a batch of this mulled cider so it’s ready and warming in the slow cooker and you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy your own party, too.

Bubbly Companions – sparkling wine


Friday, December 13, 2013

A bit of the bubbly is the hallmark of festive celebrations. But sparkling wine is good for more than a toast at the stroke of the New Year. It’s also great with a variety of delicious foods ranging from caviar to cookies.

Holiday food and wine pairings


Monday, December 9, 2013

When selecting wine to serve with the medley of flavors at a holiday dinner, the key is to balance tastes and intensity of flavors, and match the wine not necessarily just to the meat or main dish, but also to the way it’s prepared, as the seasonings used or cooking method can affect a pairing selection.

The Artist is in the Blend

Jason Newell, Byerly’s Chanhassen wines and spirits manager
Monday, October 21, 2013

Throughout my career in the wine and spirits industry, I’ve met many winemakers, but the common thread between them is they seem to be both scientist and artist combined in the same mind.

The science of making wine is complex. Growing a grapevine in the perfect type of soil that will produce a particular varietal of grape with a specific flavor profile is the work of an analytical genius. With the grapes fermented and aged to perfection, the artist in the winemaker takes over. They blend wines from different types of grapes that have been aged in a variety of ways. Each grape produces a wine with different qualities of sweet, dry, light and heavy bodies, with a wide spectrum of colors. The winemaker then utilizes all their experiences from previous vintages and blends different wines to create their masterpiece.

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