Diner's Journal: Three suggestions for pairing wine with the great outdoors

  • Updated: July 5, 2014 - 2:00 PM

Outdoor seating at Cafe Lurcat overlooks Loring Park and is prime for people-watching.

Pair two of life’s greatest pleasures: wine and the great outdoors.

Most of the 25 or so wines on the by-the-glass list at Bar Lurcat are also sold in short-pour tastes, allowing patrons to dabble in their own flight-making. The patio takes full advantage of its Loring Park address.

1624 Harmon Place, Mpls., 612-486-5500, www.cafelurcat.com

Meritage sommelier Nicolas Giraud maintains a cellar that favors French labels but also looks to California, Oregon and Italy, all best enjoyed with chef Russell Klein’s extensive fresh oyster selection on the restaurant’s highly civilized sidewalk patio.

410 St. Peter St., St. Paul, 651-222-5670, www.meritage-stpaul.com

At Wise Acre Eatery, general manager Caroline Glawe continually unearths intriguing selections from winemaking’s organic and biodynamic community. Because the restaurant shares ownership with Tangletown Gardens, its across-the-street nursery neighbor, its patios are a lushly planted riot of summertime color.

5401 Nicollet Av. S., Mpls., 612-354-2577, www.wiseacreeatery.com


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