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122 First St. South
Buffalo, MN 55313
Upcoming TastingSpring Wine Tasting 2014! Saturday April 5th, 6:00pm to 9:00pm. Click here to read more!
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Two estate vineyard sites–Desert Wind Vineyard and Sacagawea Vineyard–provide the fruit for Desert Wind wines. Both vineyards lie at the foot of the Saddle Mountains in the Wahluke Slope AVA, a sub-appellation of Eastern Washington’s Columbia Valley region known for its fierce summer conditions.
The climate here is extreme, and it is not uncommon for summer temperatures to reach 110°F. Winter days may be as cold as 14°F. With an annual rainfall of only 7-8 inches, the vines require irrigation during the hot summer months. The soil is rocky and shallow with excellent drainage.
Ruah is Desert Wind’s flagship, Bordeaux-style blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Rich aromas of smoked cedar, ripe blackberries, and currants follow through to the palate. Sweet plums plop onto the palate, and the structre of raspberry acidity, and green peppercorns make this a great foil for grilled steak. Drink now or cellar 3-5 years.
This vintage has not been rated, but previous vintages (2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, and 2009) all received 89 or 90 points from Wine Spectator. Now on sale for $17.99 (reg. $21.99).
Brewed and bottle-conditioned at Notre Dame d’Orval monastery, one of only 10 Trappist monasteries in the world that brew beer, Orval was founded around 1070 AD in the pastoral Belgian countryside. Three different malts, two types of hops, Belgian candi sugar, complex fermentation with multiple yeasts, dry-hopping and bottle conditioning all contribute to great character and complexity. This vintage-dated and unique beer can be cellared up to five years.
According to legend, Princess Matilda was passing through this region in about 1070 with her lady in waiting. She stopped at a clear spring and trailed her hand in the water – and her wedding ring, a gift of her recently-deceased husband, slipped off her finger and sank. Distraught, she knelt and prayed fervently for its return . . . and a trout swam to the surface with the ring in its mouth, returning it to her. She is said to have claimed “Truly, this is a golden valley!” (French: Or = gold; val = valley) She gave the land to the church, and the trout with the gold ring can be seen to this day in the Orval logo.
Join us on Thursday, September 26th at 7:00pm for the Irish Whiskey Tasting Event being held at Wild Marsh Gold Club! Tickets are $10.00 and can be purchased at both liquor stores in Buffalo and at Wild Marsh. Special event pricing for ticket holders! Receive a $5 credit on orders placed at the event! The event is hosted by Liam Martin Scott. For more information, click on the flier to download a PDF version.
Looking to celebrate the change of season — or simply want to try out some new German beer, wine and cuisine?
You can do all by by attending Oktoberfest ’13 on Saturday, Sept. 7 starting at 5 p.m. at Huikko’s Bison Banquet Center.
The event costs $25 per person and $30 at the door, with all proceeds benefitting the Crossroads Animal Shelter. Tickets are available at both Buffalo Municipal Liquor Store locations as well as Huikko’s Bison Creek Bar and Grill.
Attendees will be tasting a variety of German beer, wine and hor d’oeuvres with Huikko’s dining room will also be offering German fare all evening. A German band will add to the atmosphere starting at 5 p.m. and playing until close.
The event is sponsored by Buffalo Municipal Liquor Stores and Huikko’s Bowling and Entertainment Center.
Just in time for 4th of July picnics, Chicago-based Goose Island Beer Company has released its 25th Anniversary Ale. “When we started brewing back in 1988, craft beer options in Chicago were non-existent,” said John Hall, founder, Goose Island Beer Co. “Twenty-five years later, we like to think we had something to do with improving the Chicago — and Midwest — beer scene.”
For Goose Island’s 25th Anniversary, Goose Island Brewmaster Brett Porter, former Brewmaster Greg Hall, and Pub Brewmaster Nick Barron co-created an Extra Special Bitter, exhibiting rich malt and rustic hop flavors. ESBs are a style of English ales that originally inspired Hall to open Goose Island in 1988. “We wanted to celebrate our 25th anniversary by bringing back an unreleased beer called ‘Honker’s Deluxe’ that is pleasant to enjoy, and a testament to our brewing team’s goals,” said Brewmaster Porter.
Brewed with Maris otter malt, and dry hopped with East Kent Goldings, Goose Island’s Anniversary Ale comes in at 6.4 percent ABV and is available in six-pack bottles at Downtown Wine & Spirits.
Ladies (and fellas, too!), if you’re looking for a new drink to serve — or just try yourself — come enjoy a night of tasting summer drinks and hors d’ oeuvres at Huikko’s Bison Banquet Center from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 8.
The event is hosted by Buffalo Municipal Liquor Stores and Huikko’s Bison Banquet Center. Tickets are $25 per person in advance, or $30 at the door with all profits donated to the Buffalo Food Shelf.
Tickets are available at both Buffalo Municipal Liquor Store locations and Huikko’s Bison Creek Bar & Grill:
- Buffalo Municipal Liquors Downtown Store, 122 First St. South, 763-682-1138
- Buffalo Municipal Liquors Highway Store, 621 Highway 55 East, 763-682-2234
- Huikko’s Bowling & Entertainment Center, 1207 N. Highway 25, 763-682-4180