Authentic Traveler - August 4th, 2015


Where cuisine, culture, and conservation meet travel.

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Pizza and Wine - what a concept!

Cookies and milk, brats and beer, sweet tea and fried chicken -- some things are made for each other. And lucky for us wineries across the region are increasingly looking to add pizza to their vineyards. This issue we visit Falconer Vineyards in Red Wing, MN, then offer you a recipe for a pizza anyone can make - even if you don't have a fancy wood fired pizza oven!

Falconer Vineyards · Red Wing, MN


Tucked back in a valley overlooking rows of grapevines heavy with fruit - you will find the Falconer Vineyard. And if the wine tasting wasn't enough of a reason to go for a visit - the wood fired pizza should be. The "Grapes of Wrath" pizza is nice and spicy - a perfect pairing for the Rosé. To see what else they are up to - follow this link for more information HERE.

 Pizza Recipe · La Fortuna Pizza, Madison, Wisconsin

Here is a riddle.  What kind of pizza takes 6 hours to prepare and 5 minutes to make? The best pizza. The secret is to let the dough rest and cook it HOT and fast. The following recipe from La Fortuna explains it all. And if you don't want to fire up the kenmore to 500° on a summer evening - try putting your pizza stone on the grill and use lump style charcoal (just make sure the pizza stone is approved for that use first). To get the whole pizza recipe and suggested toppings - follow this link HERE.


Hey, wait... it's August. That means it's time for the "Great Minnesota Get-Together" a.k.a. the Fair!  Renewing the Countryside has presented the Healthy Local Food exhibit since the inception of the EcoExpererience (and where many of you signed up to get on our mailing list) Well, we're back and need volunteers again. It's a great way to support Renewing the Countryside, get a nice t-shirt and a ticket to the fair! For more information - click HERE.

Other Calendar Activities

Mighty Pick 2015
at Mighty Axe Hops 
Ham Lake, MN

Celebrate the harvest season of Minnesota’s beer-iest crop with Mighty Axe Hops! Tour the farm, pick hops and enjoy craft brews. Challenge your friends in the Might Picker Competition! Just how fast can you pick those hops?! The Mighty Pick is a free, family friendly, public event. Food and drink available while supplies last.

The Minnesota Hops Harvest Party
• Saturday, August 29th 
2:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Wine and Dine
at Four Daughters Vineyard & Winery 

Spring Valley, MN

Sip delicious Minnesota grown wines and enjoy Chef Erik Kleven's menu featuring local ingredients and global influences.  

$5 Wine Tasting
• Available Daily

Gourmet Dinner & Winemaker Tour
• Thursdays, reservations required.

Annual Grape Stomp
• September, 12th, 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Crossings at Carnegie
Zumbrota, MN

Offering inspiring and unusual art exhibits, an extensive list of educational courses, and a wide variety of musical performances from folk to jazz to classical. Check out their schedule of local and internationally renowned performers! 

Dean Magraw
• Saturday, August 8, 8:00 p.m.

• Tuesday, August 11, 7:00 p.m.

•Saturday, August 15, 8:00 p.m.

For more info click HERE!

For more info click HERE!

For more info click HERE!

Green Routes Tips


TBT! tips originally posted in October 2008

Tips for "Winery Tours"

1). Eat a good breakfast. Although at a tasting you will probably only be served a couple ounces at a time, it can catch up with you on an empty stomach.

2). Expect that the winery could have a small fee for wine tastings.

3). Ask a lot of questions. This is a great opportunity to learn about varietals you may never have heard of before. Don't be embarrassed that you don't know a Foch from a Frontenac.

4). Make room in the trunk of your car! The holidays are right around the corner and you will definitely find some wonderful wines to share with family. Or bring these wines to parties, where you can say "try this here - it was made in Minnesota - dontcha know." And don't forget to bring your Green Routes map or check the website to find other places to stop along the way!

5). Take your friends along. Winery tours are always more fun when you travel with good friends.

Each issue we will share a new tip - stay tuned! To read the entire throw back Green Routes newsletter, click HERE.