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.
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.
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.