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Continued: Two Twin Citians are a long way from their wineries

  • Article by: BILL WARD , Star Tribune
  • Last update: February 26, 2014 - 3:20 PM

Last year, he assumed the role of CEO for the subsidiary Sileni Estates USA. Minnesota was a natural home base for the avid duck and deer hunter.

Sileni’s offerings provide great value in the $12 to $15 range. The sauvignon blanc is a bit rounder and more balanced than most New Zealand renditions; the chardonnay and pinot gris show lovely fruit at just the right ripeness and with minimal intervention, and the pinot noir has lovely interplay between softness and tartness.

All the bottles come with screwcaps, and with good reason in the wake of rampant cork taint.

“In the early 2000s we were getting one out of eight bottles returned. People thought the wine was bad,” Avery said. “We switched [to screw cap], and almost overnight we stopped getting bottles back.

“I think the Portuguese were sending us second-grade cork, from the bottom three feet of the tree. Now the cork they send is fine, but for the fresh and fruity style we make, it’s better to have screwcaps.”

Spoken like a true Minnesotan, with directness and quiet pride.

 

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