One more of the list of Minnesota wineries to visit, Sovereign Estates Winery is in Waconia about 30 minutes south west of Minneapolis. A pretty drive through some charming small towns that are now part of the Metro area.
Stacey, Scott and I each did a wine flight for $7.50, a chance to try 5 small glasses of the wines. Since it is a newer winery none of the wine is solely from estate grapes yet but they are hopeful next year will produce enough. Sovereign Estates just opened up their indoor tasting room, a brightly painted but cozy room where the have live music and you can curl up with a big glass of wine in front of their fireplace.
This dry white wine has subtle fragrances of rose and apple blossom with a crisp citrus finish.Pair with fish, seafood, and sharp cheeses.
2010 Talon Crest
A semi-dry white wine made from Seyval Blanc, with a lush apricot nose, smooth fruity palette and a dry finish.Pair with chicken, game fowl, and pork.
2010 St. Therese Rosé
This dessert-style wine is made from Minnesota Frontenac grapes with a gorgeous fuchsia color. Aromas of cherry and fraise des bois, finishing full and sweet. Pair with strawberries, chocolate, cake, and soft cheeses.
2010 Tenuta di Sovrano
A dry Italian-styled Sangiovese with dark plum and woody accents.Perfect for red meats and tomato sauces.
2010 Cabernet Franc
A bold, dry red wine with deep burgundy color, having a black pepper and currant nose. Dark cocoa and rich berry flavors. Pair with steak, burgers, chocolate, and raspberries.
I really enjoyed the Cabernet Franc and a very interesting chocolate covered twizzler that paired with it. Sounds odd but was really good. When were at the winery Saturday afternoon we noticed just how perfectly frosted and beautiful the trees were. It was hovering right about 30 degrees with a foggy feel. My small Canon got a pretty decent shot but I wish I would have had the big camera with me, we so seldom see trees that look this beautiful with a frost.