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It doesn’t matter whether you're hosting your own event, or going to one that your friends and family are hosting. Every great party needs three things: great food and drinks, entertainment, and ambiance.
Ambiance and entertainment are easy! Every party store carries the necessities for sprucing up a 4th of July bash and if you have an mp3 player of some sort, or a neighbor who makes a good DJ, entertainment is taken care of. But what about the food and drinks?
For food, roll out the grill and throw on the 4th of July classics—bratwursts! Pick one that is locally made and ensure that when grilled, it crisps up on the outside and remains juicy on the inside for the perfect first bite. If the first bite is good, every bite will be good.
Don’t forget something to wash that brat down with! Try to always have one domestic favorite but fill the cooler up with craft beer from your favorite Minnesota brewery, and of course, fill another cooler with ice and make sure to chill a few bottles of your favorite Minnesota made white wine! Take a look at Creekside White from Chankaska Wines, a light and refreshing sipping wine. The wine exhibits aromas of lemon, orange creamsicle, and pineapple with secondary notes of melon, honey, honeysuckle flower, and tangerine. The rich and ripe character of this wine means that it can easily stand up to and compliment a wide variety of food pairings so you can enjoy it with almost everything on your 4th of July spread.
Creekside White can be purchased at Chankaska Creek Ranch and Winery in Kasota, about an hour south of the metro or visit Chankaska Wines’ website for a list of liquor stores and restaurants that carry the wine.
If you get the chance, opt to drive to the winery to purchase your wine for the weekend. The views, ambiance, and wine from this cold-climate vineyard and winery will not disappoint. Recently, the winery also released its popular blends, Creekside White and Creekside Red in an Astrapaq, a plastic pouch that holds the equivalent of two bottles of wine, is portable, easy to chill, and keeps the wine from oxidating for longer than 48 hours! Astrapaqs would be perfect for a day on the lake, golf course, and anywhere else you may be for the 4th of July!
Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl is a senior editor at Mpls.St.Paul Magazine.See bio
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