Listen Up: Booze News You Can Use and the Magic of Minneapolis
It’s the most tipsy time of the year—so Punch correspondent Megan Krigbaum swung by to spill on the wines worth buying by the case and where in the world to go drinking. Plus, since it’s snowing somewhere, unlikely (but legit!) Minneapolis experts Claire and Erica share their guide to the city’s gems that are worth exploring the in dead of winter, even.
On our Minneapolis tried-and-trues:
- To stay: Claire and Erica swear by Le Méridian Chambers Hotel—but don’t sleep on the just-opened Hewing Hotel either.
- To eat: Gyst Fermentation Bar and The Bachelor Farmer—and check out co-owner Eric Dayton’s project, The North.
- To drink: Marvel Bar, Norseman Distillery, Fair State Brewing—and, if you’re looking for local souvenirs, pick up Bēt Vodka and Prohibition Kombucha.
- To shop: Askov Finlayson (also a brainchild of the Dayton fam), The Foundry Home Goods, Russell+Hazel, and Pacifier.
- Local designers to know: Hackwith Design House, Polka Dot Club, and Louise Gray.
- Other cool stuff: The Riveter magazine (their Summer 2016 cover gals miiiight look familiar), Ragamala Dance Company, and Public Functionary, the gallery from which we snapped up our very own Sally Nadeau.
- If you’re lucky enough to be there for the state fair, don’t miss the butter carving!
Our special and amazing guest, Megan Krigbaum, whose dream of a job as a Punch contributing editor involves traveling the world reporting on booze, on wines that go with everything, and American-made aperitivi...
- Stock up the stuff you need to make Ferdinand and Isabella's Punch—ideal for a holiday party.
- Aldea in NYC is where Claire and Erica fell in love with sherry.
- Glou-Glou is definitely the greatest wine term of all time.
- A few of Megan’s favorite wine regions right now: The Loire Valley for Cabernet Franc and Gamay and Austria for Grüner Veltliner, Zweigelt, and Blaufränkisch.
- To stock up on bitters (and chocolate and salt), stop by The Meadow in NYC’s East Village.
- For another bracing beverage, check out Pok Pok Som Drinking Vinegar in Turmeric.
- Two American aperitivi Megan’s all about: St. George Spirits’ Bruto Americano and Don Ciccio & Figli Luna Amaro Bitter Aperitvo.
To advertise on our podcast, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Our intro music, “Butterfield East,” is written and performed by The Soulful Saints. Want some more wine recommendations? Kingston Wine Co.’s Michael Drapkin has ‘em in spades.