Skip to main content

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.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2020-08-14 at 6.45.53 PM

Lost 1-year-old reunited with parents in Brooklyn Park

The girl was found by a concerned citizen around 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

Screen Shot 2020-12-27 at 8.33.49 AM

For 2nd time, Minnesota farm devastated by deadly fire

Around 1,000 goats and a litter of puppies were killed when a barn caught fire on Friday.

ambulance

Fleeing suspect crashes, killing innocent driver in Brooklyn Park

The suspect fled police in Osseo and was going south on County Road 81.

1497 S Ferry St, Anoka, MN 55303, United States - August 2021

Body found tangled with debris in the Mississippi River

The individual's name has not yet been released.

Northtown Mall Carnival

Around 100 kids run from carnival fight into Northtown Mall

Police say a large fight was happening on the ferris wheel before kids fled into the mall.

Screen Shot 2021-05-27 at 9.29.03 AM

Former state senator Scott Jensen endorsed by GOP for governor

Jensen beat to multiple other hopefuls for the endorsement at Saturday's convention.

storm

NWS already monitoring Thursday for severe weather in MN

Monday-Wednesday should be fantastic weather in Minnesota.

MissingMankatoWomanSideBySide

Body of missing Mankato woman believed to have been found

A canoer found the body in a swamp near Eagle Lake Friday.

kim crockett facebook sos

MN GOP endorses attorney general, secretary of state candidates

Kim Crockett was endorsed as the party's candidate for secretary of state, while Jim Schultz won the endorsement for attorney general.

FSmb9kkWAB0UBqk

Volunteer firefighter identified as man killed during Thursday storms

The Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office confirmed that 63-year-old Ryan Erickson died when a grain bin fell on him.

Juan Ramos, standing outside of his Taco Chon Mexican Grill, in St. Cloud, Minnesota.

Firm takes on case defending Taco Chon against Taco John's lawsuit

The local Mexican restaurant is fighting a case presented by Taco John's over naming rights, among other things.

Related

Meet Feisty Bitch, the new wine collection from Minnesota

That's not very Minnesota nice... but the wine is.

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: We tried – and rated – 7 Oktoberfest beers from Minnesota

These sweet and malty beers are super popular this time of year.

Pexels - wine waiter restaurant pour

8 MN restaurants earn Wine Spectator's Best of Award of Excellence

These eateries are described as "destinations for serious wine lovers."

Video: We tried – and rated – 11 fall beers from Minnesota

Curious what a wild rice beer tastes like? How about a brew made with Earl Grey tea?

Video: 3 porters and a stout from Minnesota to try this fall

We tasted – and rated – them so you know what to try.

Video: We tried the 16 new adult drinks that are exclusive to the Minnesota State Fair

We did it to help you decide which ones are worth your money ... and because why not?

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.