Alan Baker
August 12, 2010 | News & Events | Alan Baker

Minnesota Release Party for Cartograph Wines

How do you say thank you to the people who helped you launch a new winery? You pour them copious amounts of wine, that's how.

We had a great time pouring at the Chowgirls Gallery ( in Minneapolis last week.  Many friends who had seen me leave Minnesota in 2005 to commence my winemaking journey came to say hello and taste the inaugural vintage of Cartograph wines.  Serena and I also had the pleasure of meeting numerous Twin Cities restaurant folks, industry insiders, and friends of friends. (And the people from the neighborhood who happened to wander in and ask interesting questions.)

It was a great night and I can't say thank you enough to those who came and all of you who helped make Cartograph possible with your tremendous support.  Chowgirls (Heidi  Andermack and Amy Brown) prepared fantastic treats to pair with our wines.

Here’s the menu:

2009 Floodgate Vineyard Dry Gewürztraminer with:

  • Crab cakes done in a Japanese style with wasabi aioli and pickled ginger
  • Vegetarian samosas served with chutney and raita

2008 Split Rock Vineyard Pinot Noir with:

  • Rumaki – bacon wrapped water chestnuts and dates coated in a tangy barbeque chili sauce
  • Wild mushroom and leek eggrolls served with a sambal-leek aioli

2008 Two Pisces Vineyard Pinot Noir with:

  • Bison meatballs with cilantro yogurt chutney
  • Flat bread pizza topped with brie, leeks, and savory cherry marmalade

And we had crudités with delicious green goddess dip and a fantastic antipasto platter just to make sure people were satiated.  And to top off the evening, delicious little chocolate truffles.

Between the wonderful people, delicious food, and tasty wines, it was an evening filled with laughter, warmth, old friends and new friendships.  We’re looking forward to getting back to the Twin Cities this winter for some winemaker's dinners and in-store tastings.

Stay tuned for Twin Cities locations where you can find Cartograph.

Here are some shots from that night. [flickr 47496247@N03 72157624587975935]

- Alan



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