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    Aurora Wine & Spirits

    in Chaska offers customers the unique opportunity to try before they buy at weekly wine tastings, held on Saturdays from 2 to 6 p.m.

    Another example of Aurora’s commitment to customer service is the “Aurora Wine Club,” a free monthly emailed newsletter highlighting store specials, wine tastings, and special events.

    For more information, visit or call 952-361-9606.

    Schedule a private wine tasting for groups of ten or more at Chateau St. Croix Winery and Vineyards, a European-style winery located in the rolling hills of St. Croix Valley. Wine tasting and tours are available daily (check the website for summer hours). Sit by the indoor or outdoor fireplaces, enjoy a glass of wine with a cheese and cracker platter, dress it up with salmon or hard salami, and top it off with a mouth-watering truffle.

    For more information, visit or call 715-483-2556.

    Sign up for a wine class at France 44 and learn how to taste wine, savor its aroma, become familiar with different vintages, and identify the difference. France 44’s “Wines of Spain Series” includes “The Northwest” (Rioja, Ribero del Duero, Rueda) on March 28; “Central and Southeast” (Valencia, Jumilla, La Mancha) on April 11; and on April 25, “Jerez and Portugal” (Port and Sherry). All classes are $40 per person.

    Visit or call 612-278-4415 for reservations.

    Whether you’re a weekend wine warrior or have 100 cases stocked in your own wine cellar, you’ll appreciate the variety of wine at MGM Liquor Warehouse, with 38 locations throughout the state. MGM Liquor Warehouse is a full-service liquor store offering the area’s best selection of fine wines and liquors, as well as an expansive array of domestic and imported beers.

    To find a location near you, call 651-646-7523.

    Award-winning wines at Saint Croix Vineyards in Stillwater range from the dark, intense, oak-aged Frontenac to the semi-dry Vignoles, reminiscent of a fine German Reisling. The most popular wine, Raspberry Infusion, is a decadent wine described by the Star Tribune as “…a massive dessert wine that begs to be consumed with chocolate.”

    Visitors are welcome to visit the rustic tasting room and gift shop in a restored century-old barn and enjoy a stroll through the picturesque vineyards. Complimentary wine samples are offered during open tasting room hours.

    For more information, visit or call 651-430-3310.