Meet Feisty Bitch, the new wine collection from Minnesota

That's not very Minnesota nice... but the wine is.
Author:
Updated:
Original:

Feisty Bitch is trying to make wine less scary.

It's the latest collection from Cannon River Winery in Cannon Falls – a 50-minute drive south of the Twin Cities – and includes three wines made with mostly Minnesota-grown grapes: Feisty Red, Feisty White and Feisty Rosé.

The goal with Feisty Bitch is to appeal to a new crowd of wine drinkers – the ones who think wine is snooty, and feel they're too intimidated to try it. 

The people behind Feisty Bitch say wine shouldn't be scary, it should be fun and approachable, and that's what they're trying to do.

As winemaker Sam Jennings put it when GoMN visited the winery and vineyard in May, he's not a snob. When he goes home he doesn't drink wine. He drinks a beer – and it's usually a Keystone Light. 

And Jennings' lack of snobbery transfers to the easy-to-drink wine – and it's pretty cheap at $16.50 a bottle.

I tried – and rated – the wines. Read more about how they taste here

Cannon River Winery is growing

Cannon River Winery got a new majority owner last fall, and he's making some pretty big changes. 

That includes ditching most of the grandma-themed wines (literally, they were named after grandmas) in favor of what those same grandmas may call a risqué option with the new Feisty Bitch collection.

The winery and tasting room will grow by 20,000 square feet within the next year, including adding a full-service kitchen and patio – plus more space to make wine. 

Cannon Falls also began adding another 20 acres of vines to the vineyard. That equals about 60,000 bottles of wine, Jennings estimated.

These additions are a long time coming, Jennings said, noting they're selling about 10,000 cases of wine a year, which is almost triple the production of what the winery is currently designed to do. 

The fall harvest is coming up

Every year, Cannon River Winery invites people to the fall harvest – and it sounds like a blast. 

You go out into the vineyard to pick grapes and learn about the harvest, then enjoy a catered meal overlooking the vineyard – and get the chance to taste some wine, obviously. 

Then you'll head back to the winery to get an inside look at the grape-crushing process. 

It's $25 a person, and will be held on weekends starting Sept. 9. For more information click here.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2020-11-28 at 6.58.11 PM

Gophers dominate second half to defeat Loyola-Marymount

Marcus Carr scored 26 to send the Gophers to 2-0.

Ambulance hospital emergency

Kandiyohi Co. man airlifted after hand caught in corn picker

Corn pickers are a common cause of farm accidents.

White tail deer

DNR: Passenger shot at deer out of driver's side window

The DNR said 'all sense of safety was disregarded.'

Screen Shot 2019-07-18 at 9.10.30 AM

Mpls council proposal would cut nearly $8M from 2021 police budget

The "Safety for All Budget Plan" was introduced Friday.

Shayne Munich

Minneapolis police appeal for help finding missing man

Shayne Munich is described as a vulnerable adult.

Screen Shot 2020-11-27 at 6.26.50 PM

Minnesota nurse's story about her battle with COVID-19 goes viral

A month later, Ashley Walter is on a hard road to recovery.

Adam Thielen

Report: Still on COVID-19 list, Thielen not expected to play Sunday

Thielen was placed on the COVID-19/Reserve list on Monday.

Image from iOS (19)

Mask-wearing, distancing a common sight on MOA's Black Friday

Thousands of shoppers were out and about on Black Friday despite the COVID-19 situation.

Related

wine

Judge's ruling gives Minnesota wineries more flexibility in the wines they make

The ruling could be a boon for farm wineries and maybe urban wine bars and cideries.

Video: Which Minnesota wines you should pair with State Fair foods

And this is coming from a sommelier – she knows what she's talking about.

dinner-1733171_1280

Four perfect wines to bring home for Thanksgiving

Introducing our new columnist, The Bachelor Farmer's wine director Amy Waller.

Indeed Brewing teamed up with a winery to make a sour beer-wine hybrid

It's a beer. It's a wine. And you won't find it many places.

The best MN beers and wines for holiday meals

Pair these local options with every course of your big feast.

Should MN wineries have to use mostly MN grapes? This lawsuit argues no

The law right now requires Minnesota wine to be made with a majority of local ingredients.

Should MN wineries have to use mostly MN grapes? This lawsuit argues no

The law right now requires Minnesota wine to be made with a majority of local ingredients.