No trend has excited wine aficionados more than the emergence of grower Champagnes, made by the people who grow the grapes. And no venue in town champions these wines more heartily than St. Genevieve, with even some off-the-menu ones often at the bar. Chef/owner Steven Brown and manager Brie Rowland are carrying not only a boatload of these beauties, but also other bubble-licious sparklers and a lovely, focused array of lighter red, white and pink wines. The restaurant is dubbed a buvette, which sounds vaguely naughty but actually translates as “refreshment room.” Cin cin! 5003 Bryant Av. S., Mpls., 612-353-4843; facebook.com/stgenevieve

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