Each autumn, the branches of apple trees and vineyard vines hang heavy with the fruits of a long growing season. Every ray of sunlight, drop of rain, and nutrient in the soil have been soaked up to produce plump clusters of grapes and swollen apples filled with the juices, tannins, sugars, and acids that the vintners and orchardists have obsessively worked toward.
After three seasons of pruning and tending their plants, coaxing along the buds to fully grown fruit—and dreaming of their flavor potential—our area cidermakers and winemakers enter the harvest season with giddy hearts. It’s the moment of transformation—time for these artisans to put their craft into practice and produce beverages as ancient as the fruits themselves.
Whether you are already an oenophile or cider aficionado or are looking to branch out from craft beer and spirits, we hope this Wine and Cider Guide can lead you to the promised land of delicate aroma, complex flavor, and superb food pairings.
Learn what to expect from Minnesota-grown wine grapes, how to get the most out of a bottle of sparkling wine, and how to drink like Bacchus with a wine porron. Expand your concept of cider with a global guide to cider styles, tips on cooking with cider, and a recipe for a next-level cider cocktail.
Drink well and be hearty this autumn, my friends!