More than a few folks say that this restaurant is worth the drive to Duluth, even if you have to immediately return to the Twin Cities after dinner. But that stratagem precludes delving deeply into an incredible, and incredibly affordable, wine list. Deftly chosen from all over world by Wendy Durrwachter, the glass and bottle offerings often come in around retail prices. On Wednesdays, all the fermented grape juice is half off, making for insane bargains. Naturally, all the wines are food-friendly, and chef/owner Scott Graden’s dishes are uniformly wine-friendly, as well. 5461 North Shore Dr., Duluth, 1-218-525-6274; newsceniccafe.com

Best of Minnesota 2016

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