Discover New Zealand BEYOND Sauvignon Blanc



Tuesday, Jan 13th @ 7pm
at The Black Forest Inn
Tickets: $20


Join us as we visit with winegrower Dr. John Forrest live from New Zealand via Skype! Dr. Forrest will walk us through a snapshot of his wines [check out the winery link below, these guys are busy!] and discuss his brilliant and innovative vineyard work. We’ll examine Kiwi wine way beyond Sauvignon Blanc and dig right into the guts of viticulture and winemaking with one of New Zealand’s pioneers. This terrific event is limited to 25 people so register now!

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Wine Pairings from Lake & Irving

We’ve partnered up with Lake & Irving to find some perfect pairings between their food and our wine!

First up, Buttermilk Chicken Sandwich:


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Buttermilk battered marinated chicken breast, topped with pepper jack cheese, bacon, and spicy aioli. Served on toasted sourdough.

This sandwich has been a customer favorite since we opened. A delicious pairing that Mitch inspired is the Baron Seillac Brut Rose from Provence, France. Its 100% Grenache. A soft floral nose, dry palate, with hints of white cherries and red berries, beautiful acid structure that rivals the richness of the sandwich.

Warm Goat Cheese Plate


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Laura Chenel Goat Cheese with a balsamic reduction drizzle, basil oil, cherry tomatoes, and fried capers. Served with toasted Patisserie 46 baguette crostini’s

This plate a simple yet extremely flavorful. A great dish for any season, the tangy-ness of the cheese is complemented by the richness of the balsamic reduction. The cherry tomatoes give the cheese a bright freshness, and the fried capers- a lip smacking salty crunch.

Ideal wine pairing- with how tangy and fresh this plate is, I’d recommend a wine with an equal amount of freshness. Tangent Sauvignon Blanc from Edna Valley California is a surprisingly lean and clean Sauv Blanc from the New World. Notes of white pear, lemon, and grapefruit zest. Crisp minerality, long finish with balanced acids.

California Wine Tasting event with Greg Graziano April 23rd 7-9pm

Join us April 23rd as Greg Graziano presents a California take on classic Italian and unique old world wines. Greg is a 3rd generation winegrower and winemaker whose family has been growing wine grapes in Mendocino County since 1918.

Current labels for the Graziano Family of Wines are Saint Gregory, Monte Volpe, Enotria and Graziano. The four labels are crafted to preserve each variety’s integrity by employing time honored Old World cellar practices perfected by the gentle application of modern technology.Their wines are proudly distributed nationally and internationally.

A wide variety of award winning wines will pair beautifully with all of your favorite recipes, with versatility to go from your private dining table to an elegant affair.

We are also delighted to have Chef Colin Murray from The Wandering Kitchen who has over 20 years of catering experience around the country, preparing delicious finger foods to pair with our evening pours.

It’s free for Grapevine Buyers Wine Club members and $25 for non-members.

There will be limited seating this time around for an intimate experience, so hurry and RSVP now! >> Click here

Ridge Vineyards Wine Tasting Event at Black Forest Inn Wednesday, March 26th 7-9pm Only $20

The winemakers keep on comin’! Assistant winemaker David Gates will be on hand to present wines from California’s historic Ridge Vineyards. Ridge continues to lead in old-California style field blends and absolutely excels with Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. Their wines are appreciated [and obsessed over] worldwide. Register now for an evening of sharing top-notch wines in an intimate setting- it doesn’t get any better! To order tickets, click link >> Wine Tasting RSVP

Duxoup Wine Tasting at South Lyndale Liquors Thursday, March 13th 4:30-6:30pm [open house]

Andy Cutter, founder/proprietor/winemaker of Duxoup, will pour and sign bottles at the store. Duxoup wines are silky, fruity, and come from venerable vineyards. The wines express not only terrior, but the highly skilled work of the two owners, both experienced and respected for their independence and consistent quality. The wines are rare, but well worth the effort to find.