We tried Feisty Bitch – 3 new wines from a Minnesota vineyard

These Minnesota-made wines are pretty delicious.

A Minnesota winery launched a new collection called Feisty Bitch. So naturally we had to try it. 

Feisty Bitch is by Cannon River Winery in Cannon Falls, and features three wines made mostly with Minnesota-grown grapes: Feisty Red, Feisty White and Feisty Rosé (I rate them below). 

Minnesota-made wines sometimes get a bad rap because traditional wine grapes can't be grown in Minnesota (you know, because it's so cold). The grapes that can be grown here are usually more acidic, so to balance out the tartness, winemakers tend to add a lot of sugar, winemaker Sam Jennings told GoMN when we visited the winery in May. (Read more about our visit here.)

He compared it to "making a big batch of Kool-Aid – you'd be shocked at how much sugar goes into it."

All that sugar can make Minnesota wines taste much sweeter.

But the Feisty Bitch collection isn't too sweet (which is good with me, because I don't like wine that's really sweet). And the wines are pretty delicious.

We tried them

I got to taste each of the three wines, and rated them using our beer-ranking scale.

Feisty White: /5

An Edelweiss grape blend that's semi-sweet – it's most comparable to a moscato. I was surprised by how much I liked it (I didn't think I liked white wine very much). It's sweet, but I'd totally drink it again – especially on a hot day, so I gave it a 3 out of 5.

Feisty Rosé: /5

It's made with La Crosse and Frontenac grapes, making it juicy and fruity with a "bright finish." Who doesn't love a good rosé? And this one is good. I gave it a 4 out of 5, I want this at home so I can have it whenever I want.

Feisty Red: /5

A blend of St. Croix and Petite Syrah grapes that's semi-sweet and easy to drink. I gave it a 5 out of 5. I could have this wine every day. It's pretty tasty cold, too.

Want to know more about Minnesota-grown grapes? Check out this chart by Minnesota Uncorked.

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