It's a little like letting the fox in the hen house, but I'm volunteering at Saint Croix Vineyards this Saturday as part of a fundraiser for my daughter's ballet school Saint Paul City Ballet. Located near Stillwater, SCV is one of Minnesota's largest wineries producing 5500 cases per year. They make Chardonnay, Frontenac Gris, Rosé, Vignoles, Delaware, La Crescent, Marechal Foch Reserve, Frontenac, and a Raspberry Port that one reviewer said, "begs to be served with chocolate." All their wines are made on-site with grapes they grow or with grapes from other growers in Minnesota and New York.
In addition to the tastings offered from their finished 2009 production, SCV is participating in the Three Rivers Wine Trail event: Federweisser & Roter Rauscher Festival. This is a German-style festival which allows guests to sample wine made from the 2010 harvest. The wine in not fully fermented nor finished, but is quite refreshing and should provide a unique pre-bottling tasting experience for everyone.
SCV offers a free 40 minute vineyard and winery tour starting at 1:00pm every Saturday. Regular tasting hours: daily from 10am to 6pm. More info at www.scvwines.com.
Hope to see you at Saint Croix Vineyards on Saturday!