The 10 Best Wine Bars in Minnesota! By
Although growing grapes and making wine is a challenge in Minnesota, citizens of the North Star state have deep-seated love for the fruits of the vine. Whether you’re searching for a sip of chardonnay or craving some cabernet, Minnesota’s best wine bars will serve you the best. These are some of our favorite places to raise a glass in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.
Named one of the country’s best wine bars by Travel + Leisure magazine, Domacin is a must-visit spot for wine lovers. Its ever-changing rotation is always expertly curated. All of Domacin’s dishes are designed to pair with its wines. Just say “white” or “red” and let one of their experts surprise you. If you’re hungry, the risotto never misses its mark.
When someone says “wine bar” in Minneapolis, Lucia’s will inevitably come up. This venerable uptown spot may just be the Cities’ oldest wine bar. They’ve been pairing carefully-chosen wines with outstanding cuisine for decades. Lucia’s cozy, dark dining room complements its deep wine list, making this little bistro a favorite among romantics.
Folks in the Rochester area don’t have to go far to find a fabulous selection of wine. Victoria’s boasts a decent selection of interesting wines from around the world. For those who have a hard time getting over hump day, Victoria’s also offers an inexpensive, bottomless glass of wine to anyone who orders an entrée on a Wednesday.
Bev’s Wine Bar is an unexpected gem in the Warehouse District. Its location on a one-way street, just off the onramp to I-394 lends it a delicious sort of exclusivity. Its location in a building of artist’s lofts ensures that its décor is always interesting. Bev’s expertise in wine selection, on the other hand, ensures that the conversation is always lively and sublime.
Not only does the New Scenic Café boast world-class cuisine, it happens to have one the of the area’s strongest wine lists. Grab a glass of bracing cabernet franc and let it keep you warm as you sit an one of the outdoor café tables and drink in the stunning Lake Superior view.
In spite of its location in historic downtown Winona, the exterior of Oaks Wine Bar is somewhat unassuming. Don’t let that fool you. The interior is almost as elegant is wine list. The Oaks well-curated selection of wines is sure to please just about everyone. For tougher customers, they also offer a sweet selection of locally-distilled and small batch spirits.
Café Latte has been a Grand Ave. institution for years. First known for serving up delicious baked goods, fresh cafeteria-style food and coffee, Café Latte expanded to add a wine bar. And, after several years, it’s still working quite nicely. Their extensive list is dedicated to high-quality, reasonably-priced wines. Full table service is availble in the wine bar after 5 p.m. and all day on Saturdays.
Toast Wine Bar & Café is a fixture in Minneapolis’ North Loop neighborhood. They curate their wine list toward vineyards that use sustainable techniques to produce organic grapes and wines. Toast’s philosophy is reflected in the freshness of its small plates and pizzas, which are perfect complements to the wines.
Wine lovers in Red Wing need venture no farther than the historic river town’s downtown district. Its deep wine list includes perennial favorites, seasonal featured wines, and a even a selection of local wines from Hastings’ Alexis Bailly Vineyards. Red and white flights are also available at this homey, small-town wine bar.
A cozy neighborhood spot in South Minneapolis, Kings Wine Bar has a funky eclectism that’s reflected in both its décor and its wine list. Its “pan-Asian” cuisine creates a reason for Kings to include sake on its extensive list. The list also sports a few Ports if you need a digestif after your spring rolls. Folks finding the choices too numerous can always order a flight and try three wines at a time.