Minnesota, meet Robert Redford. Robert Redford, meet Minnesota wine.
Four Daughters Vineyard and Winery representatives just returned from Park City, Utah, where they were the official wine provider for the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. This meant that at every official Sundance reception, party and gala, Four Daughters wine is the only wine available.
“We went to the opening night party for Sundance with about 1,700 people,” said Justin Osborne, Four Daughters winemaker. “The drink options are Stella, Don Julio tequila and our wine. It made me a little nervous because I’m never content with our wines … I always think they can be better.”
Apparently not very many Sundance attendees agreed because the four varieties of Four Daughters wine served at these events were very well received. The four that came along for the ride were Big Boy (red Zinfandel blend), Marquette (from the Marquette grape), Chad’s Folly (dry white) and Moscato (sweet white).
“At one of the parties we attended, the bartender told me he was selling a ton of the Marquette,” Osborne said. “That surprised me because it’s not a traditional varietal like merlot or cabernet. But people really liked it.”
Then Osborne considered where he was.
“Or, maybe they liked the Marquette because Sundance is all about being original and independent,” says Osborne.
And of course, a Hollywood event wouldn’t be complete without rubbing shoulders with celebrities. Among this year’s sightings were Gilbert Gottfried, Viggo Mortensen, Charlie Day, Sam Neill as well as Rhys Darby from “Flight of the Conchords.”
This, though, is my favorite part: Because Four Daughters is the only wine offered at all official events, it was served at the official gala earlier this week. And at the official gala, Robert Redford always makes a toast.
“Robert Redford probably made his toast this year with our wine,” says Osborne.
I asked Osborne if they have any other fun announcements on the horizon, and he told me to hang on until May.
“Our hard cider (Loon Juice) is doing very well, and we’ll have a lot of big things happening with the cider in May, including releasing new flavors and selling the cider in variety packs,” he says.
Most of the details will be released on social media, so be sure to hop on Facebook and follow them there if you haven’t yet.
The time for Valentine’s Day reservations is GO
You guys, love is in the air.
I’ve heard rumblings about a few Valentine’s Day menus in the works, but this one looks incredible. It’s from Rainbow Cafe in Pine Island, where you can trust co-owner and chef Jeremy Olson to make this romantic day just about perfect.
They’ll be offering organic grass-fed steak (T-bone or porterhouse) with homemade fries, house bearnaise and sherry dressed micro greens. Or, go with the smoked grass-fed beef short ribs with maple barbecue, haystack onions, and garlic thyme mashed potatoes.
I might just go with the smoked gouda and gruyere baked mac & cheese with house-made pasta, to which you can ad fresh blue crab if you like … or perhaps the pan-seared sea scallops with blood orange sauce, bacon jam, and fennel potato cakes.
Several more mouthwatering options are also available but suffice to say, there’s plenty for you and your love to share. Call Rainbow Cafe at 507-356-2929 to make your reservation now. You don’t want to be the guy without a reservation on Valentine’s Day, do you?
Kim Van Brunt is a Rochester freelance writer. Send restaurant news and tips to her at firstname.lastname@example.org.