I recently visited the Four Daughters Vineyard and Winery in Spring Valley, Minnesota. I had looked at pictures on their website of the restaurant and tasting room and I was looking forward to seeing first-hand the gorgeous facilities. The ambiance did not disappoint.
This winery has only been open a little over a year, but they have a lot of wonderful things happening in their business. The food they served was fabulous. At our table we shared sloppy joe nachos, three different soups (split pea, potato & bacon and chili), pork belly tacos and a large slice of German chocolate cake. The presentation was flawless and the taste was incredible! We were all satisfied.
The winery provides a tasting of five different wines of their choosing for $5. I was a bit disappointed because I had researched the winery and already knew what wines I was interested in tasting, and none of them were on the list. I tend to lean toward drier wines and this selection provided only semi-sweet and sweet offerings. I did ask the server about their Marquette, which was a dry red that had recently won awards at a wine competition and she immediately offered to give me a sample of that wine as well. It turned out to be my favorite of the day, so I was pleased that she was gracious enough to let me try it. I also sampled a dessert wine in a chocolate cup for an extra $2.
They offered to do the tasting at our table, which I thought was a great idea at first. Then the tasting ended up taking the whole meal. I was hoping to chose a favorite of the wines and have a glass with my meal. I now realize that I’m not even sure if it was possible to simply purchase a glass of wine, as I didn’t see any glass prices listed on the chalkboard.
The wines I tasted were:
Brianna- a semi-sweet white wine that reminded me of a riesling, with pear, apricot and green apple notes
Edelweiss- a white wine with a very light aroma that was not quite as sweet as the Brianna
Marechal Foch Rose- a rose colored wine similar to a white zinfandel. The description of of this wine included that it had a nose of jolly ranchers and we found that to be spot on.
Frontenac Rose- a fruity wine with dark fruit notes including black cherry, plum and fig
Sparkling Moscato- an effervescent, sweet white wine with citrus fruit notes including orange, lemon and tangerine
Special Reserve Blend- a dessert wine made from a blend of their other wines initially intended just for family consumption
Marquette- a dry, medium bodied red with notes of fruit jam including plum, blackberry and currants with pepper and oak
I purchased bottles of Marquette and Brianna to take to work and share with my co-workers because we make a wine out of Marquette grapes and the retail manager’s name is Brianna. I also purchased a bottle of the sparkling Moscato to share with my cousin this weekend when she is back home to visit as she loves Moscato and I think she will particularly enjoy the sparkling aspect of this particular bottle.
I hope to return to Four Daughters Vineyard and Winery sometime this summer. The woman working informed us that they have a few new types of wine coming out soon and that they hope to eventually have a list of over twenty different wines. I look forward to tasting more of what they have to offer!