Tuesday, March 10, 2009

St. Croix Vineyards Port from Minnesota

Founded in 1992, Saint Croix Vineyards has grown to become one of Minnesota's largest and best known wineries. Owners Paul Quast and Peter Hemstad invite you to stop out, try our wines, and take a stroll through our picturesque vineyards. Our rustic tasting room in a restored century-old barn is open each year from mid-April to December 31st and is located just west of scenic Stillwater.

Peter Hemstad

One of the things that was pointed out to me by Dr. Anna Katherine Mansfield (formerly of Minnesota, now of Cornell) was their deep Frontenac port. This rich wine was aged in oak barrels and exhibits notes of chocolate, vanilla, cherry, and cranberry. Sold in our tasting room and select retailers and restaurants. It was worth a try. And wow! A big, deep port. Lots of cassis. Lots of acidity. Big and flavorful. A wonderful, wonderful wine.