Memorial Day Under Cost Wine Sale!

We have shared quite a bit already this week to help you get ready for Memorial Day – from providing a seasonal reintroduction to Bootlegs, to revealing our latest cellar wine selections and liquor specials.

But what if you’ve acted on all of these – and now find yourself needing just a bit more – on just a bit smaller of a budget? As always, we remain here to help!

See a list of under cost wine for sale this week and through Memorial Day weekend in our downtown Minneapolis store:

Simonnet-Febvre Pinot Noir 2013
Burgundy, France
The traditional Burgundian techniques together with the low-cropping of Pinot Noir grapes yield this attractive wine which displays typical Pinot Noir flavors of strawberry and cherry. Smooth tannins and good length make this wine the perfect match for charcuterie, white meats, and chocolate cake.
Sale $6.99/bottle
Reg. $14.99/bottle

Montes Alpha Syrah 2016
Colchagua Valley, Chile
92 Points James Suckling

A fine and delicate syrah with chocolate, spice, meat and pepper character. Medium body, light tannins and a juicy finish.
Sale $11.99/bottle
Reg. $25.99/bottle

Memorial Day Liquor Specials!

Memorial Day weekend will be here before you know it! You may be ready, and your fridge may be ready, but is your liquor cabinet ready?

If not – stop by and see us in downtown Minneapolis – and find some of the best liquor specials in town. Just in time!

See what we have below – and remember to stop by this weekend, before your festivities begin, for another round of craft beer, wine and spirits tastings!

Bulleit Barrel Strength
Sale $24.99 Reg. $69.99

Jim Beam Peach
Sale $18.99 Reg. $21.99

Plan Ahead With These Wine Cellar Selections

Memorial Day in downtown Minneapolis means a 3-day weekend and holiday get-togethers. And if you are like us, you’ll need some great wine at these get-togethers, alongside the craft beer and Bootlegs, to serve when most of the party has left and only a few trusted friends remain!

Here, then, are some great wines we pulled from the cellar – any of which would fit nicely into your Memorial Day party plans:

Roederer Estate L'Ermitage 2012
Anderson Valley, California
95 Points Wine Spectator
Extravagant, yet balanced and refined, with lush, crisp brioche, fresh ginger and spice, roasted hazelnut and Asian pear flavors that fan out on the lengthy finish.
Sale $49.99/bottle
Reg. $59.99/bottle

Elk Cove Mount Richmond Pinot Noir 2016
Willamette Valley, Oregon
92+ Points Wine Advocate
The 2016 Pinot Noir Mount Richmond is pale to medium ruby-purple in color with a lovely open nose of black cherry preserves, blueberry compote and boysenberry with notions of floral perfume, tilled soil and dried leaves. Light to medium-bodied, it fills the mouth with warm black fruits and layers of baking spice and earth, with a good frame of fine-grained tannins and great freshness, finishing very long and spicy.
Sale $49.99/bottle
Reg. $59.99/bottle

Turley Kirschenmann Vineyard Zinfandel 2017
Napa Valley, California
92 Points Wine Advocate
Pale to medium ruby-purple colored, it opens with warm peach preserves, cinnamon stick and dried leaves hints with dried red and black cherries and notes of dried flowers. Medium-bodied, it gives pretty layers of dried fruits, flowers and spices in the mouth, with juicy acidity tethered by firm, fine-grained tannins, finishing very long and spicy.
Sale $44.99/bottle
Reg. $49.99/bottle

Fattoria la Massa Giorgio Primo 2013
Tuscany, Italy
97 Points Wine Advocate
This standout wine brings Fattoria la Massa to a new level of accomplishment and opens an exciting new chapter of possibility. The 2013 Giorgio Primo (50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot) is dark and impenetrable on first impact. The aromas accelerate slowly and grow evenly in power and intensity after a few quick swirls of the glass. The bouquet peels back with dark fruit aromas, baking spice and Mediterranean herb. The effect is seamless and smooth. A velvety texture is accented by full-bodied richness and just enough freshness to keep the palate energized. And, of course, this is just the beginning of a long cellar life.

Bootlegs Are This Year’s Summer Cocktail in Minneapolis!

Wow! We are more than halfway through the month of May. Memorial Day is a week from today….and then….its SUMMERTIME in downtown Minneapolis!!!!

You know what that means, don’t you? Summertime means cold beer, rose’ and white wine, except when you are grilling a steak or a couple of racks of ribs and you need a big red wine to complement your meal. Summertime means cocktails outdoors and if you are a true blue Minnesotan, it might mean a Bootleg!

What is a Bootleg you ask?

A Bootleg is all about limeade, lemonade, mint, club soda, garnish, a lot of ice in a tall glass….and, of course, your favorite spirit (usually vodka?). A Bootleg is not impossible to make, but a good one takes talent.

Apparently, nobody outside of Minnesota had ever HEARD of a Bootleg. That is just another reason to be proud of being a native!!

Digression: We believe in premixed cocktails. Whether we are talking about Manhattans from High West or Jefferson, or Old Fashioneds from Dashfire or Crooked Water…you cannot make a cocktail at home from scratch as well as these folks make them at the distillery. The proportions are always consistent…AND the distillers, in many cases, barrel age the ingredients together so that the flavors are truly integrated and the cocktails are…..PERFECT!!

We are telling you this because we just brought in a premixed Bootleg from Tattersall, our closest local distillery. Can you tell that we LOVE Bootlegs?? A 750ml Tattersall Bootleg is on special at 1010 Washington Wine & Spirits for $26.99. The only experiment you have to make is how much soda to add for the perfect, Minnesota born, refresher.

Other than that, we are just so excited that Summer is upon us, and of course that the Twins are in first place in their division. We hope you are, as well, and we really hope that you will include us at 1010 Washington Wine & Spirits and allow us to help you plan your Summer activities with all the best things to drink…including Bootlegs.

Finally, before the Memorial Day anticipation gets too heady, we had better remind you to visit us this weekend for one last craft beer, wine and spirits tasting - before we get to June.

Thanks for everything you do for us. Thanks for reading this!

Mid-May Spirits & Liquor Specials

As the weather continues to become warmer, it oftentimes makes sense for your drink to become stronger. Moderation, of course, goes without saying.

Fortunately, our store in downtown Minneapolis is here to help – with a great set of specials on liquor and spirits – including some phenomenal rare whiskey choices!

See what we have on special below - and remember - to follow our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to find out exactly when we get new and rare liquor and spirits in the store. Remember to keep an eye on our Events page, too, to stay up to date on our weekly craft beer, wine and spirit tastings!

Four Roses Small Batch 750ml
Sale $29.99 Reg. $34.99

Lunazul Tequila 1.0L
Sale $13.99 Reg. $17.99


Michter's 10yr Bourbon 750ml
$109.99 (2 bottles)

Jim Beam Distiller's Masterpiece 750ml
$199.99 (2 bottles)

Our Latest Cellar Wine Selections!

Just in time for Mother’s Day weekend, we’ve opened up the wine cellar in our downtown Minneapolis store and put our best selections out on the shelves. See what we’ve found and stop by today to pick up a bottle before we run out.

Remember to stop by our store this weekend, too, for some great wine tastings and our 4th Annual Best Free Indoor Rose’ tasting!

Castiglion del Bosco Brunello di Montalcino 2013
Tuscany, Italy
94 Points Vinous

Luminous medium-dark red. The captivating nose combines sour red cherry, violet, coconut, tobacco, minerals and a hint of white pepper. Densely packed and youthful but very fresh and lively; this already boasts a silky texture and considerable early appeal owing to its noteworthy sweetness of fruit. Subtle notes of red berries, herbs, graphite and flowers carry through into the rising, very long, vibrant finish. A knockout Brunello that further confirms winemaker Cecilia Leoneschi’s talent at making exceptionally good, very classic Brunellos. Well done.

Uccelliera Brunello di Montalcino 2013
Tuscany, Italy
94 Points Wine Advocate

I never have enough praise for the excellent work achieved at Uccelliera. The 2013 Brunello di Montalcino is another proud notch in Andrea Cortonesi's belt. This is a fine and elegant wine that wraps smoothly over the palate. It also has an immediate and accessible personality that means you don't need to wait too long to enjoy it. The wine is redolent of dark fruit, spice, balsam herb, licorice and pressed flowers. You get loads of variety character.
Sale $67.99/bottle
Reg. $74.99/bottle

Mother’s Day Wine Specials!

If your mom is anything like ours, they would love nothing more on their special day than a nice bottle of wine, to either open immediately or save for a special occasion.  And speaking of saving, she would also hope that you did not spend too much on that special bottle for her!  Fortunately, we are here to help you out.

See the wine we have on special this week, any one of which would make a perfect and reasonably priced gift. 

Stop by our downtown Minneapolis store today – and remember that we also have some great wine tastings this weekend – along with our 4th Annual Best Free Indoor Rose’ Tasting on Saturday!

Miraflors Blanc 2017
Roussillon, France
90 Points Jeb Dunnuck

The 2017 Miraflors Blanc is a blend of 40% Muscat d’Alexandrie, 20% Vermentino, 15% Grenache Blanc, and the rest Viognier, Sauvignon, and Grenache Gris. This juicy, delicious and fruit forward beauty offer loads of peach and citrus aromas, hints of flowers, medium-bodied richness, and a clean, juicy, vibrant texture. It’s going to be hard to beat as a summer white.
Sale  $15.99/bottle
Reg.  $17.99/bottle 

Domaine La Blaque Rose 2018
Provence, France
Very light orange-pink. High-pitched, mineral-tinged strawberry, tangerine and floral scents show very good clarity and a spicy touch of white pepper. Dry, nervy and precise, displaying real tension to the bitter berry skin and orange zest flavors. Utterly fat-free, finishing stony and tight, with a suave echo of honeysuckle lingering. Limited.
Sale  $17.99/bottle
Reg.  $19.99/bottle

Domaine du Peyrie Malbec 2014
Cahors, France
Rich and aromatic, this wine is marked on the nose by black fruits (blackcurrant, blueberry) and red (cherry) that support spicy notes. The palate, full and fleshy, combines smoothness and freshness. A balanced wine. Perfect for the grill.
Sale  $13.99/bottle
Reg.  $15.99/bottle 

Vallana Campi Raudii 2016
Piedmont, Italy
Our favorite Nebbiolo based blend is back! Campi Raudii is a Nebbiolo based cuvee (90% Nebbiolo with Uva Rara and Vespolina). The palate shows dense rich black cherry fruit with mineral and fine tannin. Try this robust red with lamb.
Sale  $15.99/bottle
Reg.  $17.99/bottle 

Jean-Paul Brun L'Ancien 2017
Burgundy, France
92 Points Wine Advocate

From vines that are more than 40 years old, the 2017 Beaujolais l’Ancien offers up a classy bouquet of sweet cherries, licorice and savory bass notes. On the palate, it’s medium to full-bodied, deep and concentrated, with supple and fine-grained but youthfully chewy structuring tannins and a long, sapid finish. It’s a superb wine that would embarrass many cru Beaujolais.

Chermette Moulin a Vent  2017
Burgundy, France
95 Points Wine Advocate

The 2017 Moulin-à-Vent Les Trois Roches is superb—and likely the king of the cellar chez Chermette this year—wafting from the glass with a beautiful bouquet of raspberries, potpourri, orange rind and rose petal. On the palate, it’s medium to full-bodied, layered and supple, with the most depth and amplitude of any wine in the portfolio and the most held in reserve, too. This is a fantastic expression of Moulin-à-Vent from one of Beaujolais’s greatest winemakers, and it comes warmly recommended.

Carpineto Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2013
Tuscany, Italy
95 Points Wine Spectator

The stunning bouquet of ripe black cherry, black currant, leather and woodsy spice notes is enticing, while the sweet fruit is a match for the dense structure. The lengthy finish lingers, with tobacco, eucalyptus and iron accents. Drink now through 2030.
Sale  $27.99/bottle
Reg.  $32.99/bottle

Maison de Grand Esprit L'Etre Magique Cremant NV
Burgundy, France
90 Points James Suckling

A fresh and bright sparkling wine with apple and cream aromas and flavors. Hints of yogurt. Full body, pretty bubbles and a flavorful finish. Blend of 60% chardonnay, 20% pinot noir and 20% gamay. A fun and lively sparkling wine.
Sale  $17.99/bottle
Reg.  $21.99/bottle

Under Cost Wine Sale!

Every so often, the stars align above our downtown Minneapolis store, and we are able to offer our good friends and loyal customers some great wine at once in a lifetime price points. Well, the stars have aligned this week!

Keep reading to see our latest under cost wine selections - and remember to stop by this Friday and Saturday for some great wine and craft beer tastings - and this Saturday for our 4th Annual Best Free Indoor Rose’ Tasting!

Simonnet-Febvre Pinot Noir 2013
Burgundy, France
The traditional Burgundian techniques together with the low-cropping of Pinot Noir grapes yield this attractive wine which displays typical Pinot Noir flavors of strawberry and cherry. Smooth tannins and good length make this wine the perfect match for charcuterie, white meats, and chocolate cake.
Sale $6.99/bottle
Reg. $14.99/bottle

Montes Alpha Syrah 2016
Colchagua Valley, Chile
92 Points James Suckling
A fine and delicate syrah with chocolate, spice, meat and pepper character. Medium body, light tannins and a juicy finish.
Sale $11.99/bottle
Reg. $25.99/bottle

Craft Beer of the Month for May 2019: Indeed Brewing

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Our craft beer of the month in May is a Twin Cities hometown favorite that is making strides to become a home town favorite in far more cities than just our hallowed two.

Indeed Brewing, headquartered in Northeast Minneapolis, has recently opened a new taproom in the Walker’s Point neighborhood of Milwaukee – and even started some limited distribution to Japan!

We encourage you to stop by our downtown Minneapolis store anytime this month to pick-up one or more selections from Indeed Brewing, or any of the craft beers we will be offering on special throughout the month.

Please follow our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to find out exactly when we get new beers in or to stay up to date on all of our upcoming craft beer tastings!

May Craft Beer of the Month: Indeed Brewing Company:
Indeed Day Tripper Pale Ale 6pk Sale $9.99 Reg. $10.99
Indeed Flavorwave IPA 6pk Sale $9.99 Reg. $10.99
Indeed Mexican Honey 4pk Sale $10.99 Reg. $11.99
Indeed Lucy Sour Ale 6pk Sale $9.99 Reg. $10.99
Indeed Shenanigans 6pk Sale $9.99 Reg. $10.99
Indeed Mexican Honey Light 6pk Sale $9.99 Reg. $10.99

New Craft Beer:
Broken Clock Tyrannical Monk Belgian Tripel $7.99 750ml can *Exclusive Retail Location!
The Brewing Projekt Dare Mighty Things Single Hop El Dorado IPA $14.99 4pk 16oz cans
The Brewing Projekt Dare Mighty Things Southern Hemisphere IPA $14.99 4pk 16oz cans
Fair State Zoot! Citrus Witbier $9.99 4pk 16oz cans
Lagunitas Waldo's Special Ale $13.99 6pk bottles
Lagunitas Citrusinensis $9.99 6pk bottles
Lupulin Straight Hash Homie Double IPA $15.99 4pk 16oz cans
Milwaukee Brewing Weekend At Louie's Amber Ale Brewed With Blueberry Tea $7.99 4pk 16oz cans
Sierra Nevada Trip In The Woods Barrel-aged Vintage Bigfoot $19.99 750ml bottle
Insight Rowdy Uncle Moscow Mule Style Ale $9.99 4pk 16oz cans
Insight Crazy Aunt Gin And Tonic Style Ale $9.99 4pk 16oz cans
Lake Monster True Story Pale Ale Sale: $14.99 Reg: $16.99 15pk cans
Schilling Emerald City Blackberry And Pear Cider $11.99 6pk cans
56 Brewing City Pages Press Check Sour IPA 4pk cans
Grain Belt Blu Blueberry Beer 12pk cans $12.99
Grain Belt Sangria 12pk cans $13.99

Get the Fine Wine & Craft Spirits You Need To (Finally) Celebrate the Warm Weather!

Who, besides all of us at 1010 Washington Wine & Spirits in downtown Minneapolis, is yearning for some warm weather??  Come on!! It is May already!  Baseball season is already a month old (Go Twins!) but I haven’t been on the golf course yet, unfortunately.  It seems grossly unfair.

Everyone says we should trust in the fact that warm weather is right around the corner….and we certainly hope so because the Fourth Annual Best Indoor Rose’ tasting is NEXT Saturday…May 11th …from 4PM til 7PM at the store.  This is your best opportunity to taste all of the newly released 2018 vintage Rose’ wines from around the world in one spot.  Well, you cannot taste them ALL, but there will be A LOT of wines being tasted.  Some of these are the new vintage of old favorites, but others are going to be brand new to the store this year.  Given the number of wines you are going to want to try, we suggest that you plan to arrive early and stay late.  There will be plenty of spit buckets available to those of you who want to stay sober and keep your palates sharp.  Given the seasonal nature of rose’ shipments to our suppliers, you might want to take a position on the wines you like next Saturday to insure continuity of supply over the Summer season.

Right on the heels of our Rose’ Tasting, Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 12th.  Depending on Mom’s taste in beverages, you are going to want to make sure that you have an assortment of drinks to celebrate your affection for the woman who carried you for nine months, taught you how to use a spoon, and lavished total love upon you from your birth to this very moment.

Going back to our first sentence, if the weather gets decent by Mother’s Day, you may want to select a refreshing white or pink wine, or even something sparkling for a Springtime celebration with Mom.  If not, well, there is always Bourbon Whisky!

Speaking of Bourbon….did we forget to mention the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 4th at 5:30 PM?  We did!  For shame on us.  This is America’s premier horse race.  Lots of us have parties to attend to watch the Derby.  The signature drink of the Kentucky Derby is the Mint Julep, but either a Manhattan or an Old Fashioned is an acceptable alternative.  Whichever cocktail you choose as the drink of choice for YOUR Derby party, you will want to consult with our staff for just the right Bourbon whisky.  We still have a very limited quantity of our own personal single barrel selection from Buffalo Trace, but have a good supply of the Old Forester and; for the strong of heart, Barrell.

As usual, there are lots of reasons to shop at 1010 Washington Wine & Spirits….and I didn’t even mention that Memorial Day Weekend is just around the corner!  Thank you so much for your past business.  Thank you for being our friends and neighbors.  As always, thank you for reading this.

Win A Basket of Craft Beer & Spirits at City Pages 40th Birthday Party!

Tomorrow night, April 26th, we are proud to help sponsor City Pages’ 40th Birthday Disco Bash, happening at First Avenue, just a short jaunt from our downtown Minneapolis store.

When you are there, be sure to stop by City Pages’ booth where you can register to win a basket full of craft beer and spirits from 1010 Washington Wine & Spirits.

While we are still building the basket as we speak, we can assure you that it will contain selections from both William Grant & Sons, distillers of Hendricks Gin, and 56 Brewing, who recently partnered with City Pages on Press Check, a sour IPA brewed to celebrate City Pages’ 40th Birthday. Our own craft beer expert Darren refers to this beer as, ‘phenomenal.’ We’ll have some in the store soon!

The party starts at 8pm at First Avenue and 70’s attire is definitely encouraged. We hope you are able to make it out – and remember that you have plenty of time to stop by 1010 Washington Wine & Spirits first to kick off your night by tasting some great wines!

Our Spring Wine, Craft Beer & Spirits Sale Ends Easter Sunday!

This is a VERY special weekend! Passover, which begins tomorrow night, is the only holiday we know of in any religion that celebrates that most precious gift of freedom. Today is also Good Friday followed closely by Easter Sunday. Of course, the two holidays are inexorably connected, but the Resurrection is the most important celebration in Christendom. So we wish everyone a blessed and happy holiday.

You would think less of us if we didn’t mention that both of these holidays are occasions that call for several bottles of wine from 1010 Washington Wine & Spirits to enhance your celebration brunch or dinner. You are going to need lots of wine this weekend! Coincidentally, our Spring Sale goes through the close of business on Easter Sunday… From fine wine and top notch spirits, to perhaps the best selection of craft beer in downtown Minneapolis, all may be found at our best prices of the year, right when YOU might need them most! We are pretty certain that the wines we will taste in the store this weekend are going to be geared to compliment your holiday dinner, so….come see us!! Please.

I am surprised to find that we still have a few spots open for the Ridge Vineyards wine tasting on May 1st. Space at this tasting is limited because the Aloft has another event scheduled, so we cannot open up to a larger room. I know that many of you wait to reserve your spot to the last minute, and I fear we may have to disappoint some who procrastinate. This is going to be a great evening of iconic California wines. Call the store at (612) 339-4040 or drop us an email at to reserve your place for Wednesday, May 1 at 6:30 PM.

There is no reservation required for our Fourth Annual Best Indoor Rose’ Tasting which will take place Saturday, May 11th from 4PM to 7PM. This is everyone’s best opportunity to taste the full range of Rose’ wines from the 2018 vintage at one time, in one place….just in time for Summer enjoyment. You won't want to miss this annual event this year!

I want to take a moment to wish Adam Polzin the best of luck as he pursues his wanderlust. Adam has a bucket list that is far longer than his arm, and he is leaving us to pursue yet another adventure in Alaska. Those of you who have worked with Adam these past months have been taken by his passion and commitment to fine wine. He has been an asset to the store. We thank him for the time he has given us.

It looks like Spring has finally sprung. We look forward to a great late Spring and Summer with you. Thank you for your friendship and counsel. Thank you for your custom. Thank you for taking the time to read this.

Before you go, take a look at the tastings we will be offering this weekend!

Friday April 19th
Erin from New France will be sampling:
Chidaine Montlouis Brut
Vajra Dragon Bianco
Bouvier Marsannay Rose
Birichino Pinot Noir
Pecina Crianza
P.S. Garcia Bravado

4 - 7pm
Broken Clock Brewing
Zyr Vodka

Saturday April 20th
Mike from Vinfera will be sampling:
Soligo Prosecco
La Raia Gavi
Brigaldara Valpolicella
San Giusto Chianti Classico
Notaio L'Atto Aglianico
Marabino Nero D'avola

4 - 7pm
Keepsake Cidery
Codigo Tequila 4-7pm

Great Spring Sale Pricing On Craft Beer, Fine Wine & Top Notch Spirits Through This Weekend!

When we started our annual Spring Sale earlier this month, we were – for the second year in a row – facing down winter’s last stand in April.

But just like that, the season has seemed to change! Before we know it – the ground will be as colorful as our store shelves, each decorated with pink sale signs offering discounts on one of the best selections of craft beer, fine wine and top notch spirits in downtown Minneapolis.

We hope to see you by this Sunday, April 21st when our sale ends – and look forward to helping you stock up!

Click here for our full list of Spring Sale Pricing

Spring Sale Liquor & Spirit Specials!

Despite appearances suggesting otherwise, we assure you that it is indeed spring. For proof, don’t look out the window, but instead, head into our downtown Minneapolis store where our annual Spring Sale is happening through next weekend.

Nearly everything in our store is available at a once-per-year price, including the spirits below:

Tattersall Rye 750mL Sale $32.99 Reg. $39.99

Svedka 1.75L Sale $14.99 Reg. $19.99

Absolut 1.0L (all types) Sale $19.99 Reg. $24.99

Patron Roca Silver 750ML Sale $29.99 Reg. $64.99

Hendrick's Gin 750ml Sale $24.99 Reg. $32.99

Woodford (all types) 750ML Sale $24.99 Reg. $35.99

Evan Williams Single Barrel 750ml Sale $19.99 Reg. $24.99

Old Forester Classic Bourbon Sale $17.99 Reg. $22.99

Four Roses Single Barrel Sale $36.99 Reg. $46.99

Four Roses Small Batch Sale $29.99 Reg. $34.99

The Balvenie 14yr Caribbean Cask Scotch Sale $64.99 Reg. $71.99

Laphoaig 10yr Sale $39.99 Reg. $52.99

Laphroaig Select 750ML Sale $39.99 Reg. $64.99

Laphroaig Cairdeas Sale $74.99 Reg. $84.99

Talisker Storm Scotch Sale $29.99 Reg. $69.99

Suntory Toki Whiskey Sale $27.99 Reg. $44.99

Tullamore Dew 750ML Sale $17.99 Reg. $26.99

Di Saronno Amaretto 750ML Sale $21.99 Reg. $27.99

Aperol 750ML Sale $14.99 Reg. $22.99

Campari 750ML Sale $19.99 Reg. $27.99

And Rare Whiskey!
This may be your last chance to buy any of our Buffalo Trace store pick. We are getting dangerously low, so if you liked it and want one or two more for the spring/summer you should stop in now and grab it. Don't forget how stinking good the Old Forester store pick is as well, it is delicious so grab some of them as well.

Our Favorite Wine Specials From This Year's Annual Spring Sale!

Throughout our Annual Spring Sale, running through April 21st, you will find a special price on nearly every craft beer, wine or spirit we offer in our downtown Minneapolis store.

But there are some wine specials that stand out for us just a little bit more!

Below, see some of our favorite wine specials, available now:

Ferrari Carano Fume Blanc 2017
Sonoma, California
This wine has delicious aromas and flavors of pink grapefruit, lemongrass, lychee, peach, pear, honeydew melon, orange blossom, pineapple, guava and a touch of minerality. The Fumé Blanc has bright acidity and crisp freshness from the cool, stainless steel tank fermentation, while the subtle oak character from neutral French oak barrels adds body, complexity and depth.
Sale $8.99/bottle
Reg. $17.99/bottle

Sallier de la Tour Grillo 2017
Sicily, Italy
93 Points James Suckling
The sliced apples, lemon and lime zest, fresh herbs and spices are very enticing. The palate shows some edgy acidity and a lots of lemon pith. Medium-to full-bodied and bright and exciting on the finish. Drink now.
Sale $10.99/bottle
Reg. $14.99/bottle

Sallier de la Tour Nero D'Avola 2016
Sicily, Italy
95 Points James Suckling
Be prepared for the enveloping bouquet of this complex red with fabulous blue-fruit character, plus subtle savory and cocoa-powder notes. Enormous concentration and stunning balance of fruit, alcohol and tannin and an extremely long and pure finish. Drink or hold.
Sale $10.99/bottle
Reg. $14.99/bottle

Evodia Garnacha 2016
Calatayud, Spain
91 Points Jeb Dunnuck
Another project between Eric Solomon and the Roussillon’s Jean-Marc Lafage, the 2016 Evodia comes from higher elevation vineyards and is mostly Garnacha (there’s 5% Syrah) aged in a mix of tank and demi-muids. This deep ruby/purple colored is a gorgeous, naked expression of Grenache that just knocks it out of the park. Blackberries, blueberries, pepper, licorice and hints of asphalt all emerge from this plump, sexy, opulent, and shockingly concentrated wine that has incredible charm and character. It’s the best 10-dollar bottle of wine I've tasted in years.
Sale $7.99/bottle
Reg. $10.99/bottle

Andezon Cotes du Rhone 2016
Rhone, France
91 Points Wine Advocate
Long-time American readers should already know this wine, as it has been a staple in the Eric Solomon portfolio for more than a decade. The 2016 Cotes du Rhone Andezon is 100% Syrah, aged entirely in tank. It's a lush, medium to full-bodied wine bursting with ripe blackberries and blueberries. No, it doesn't have the peppery spice of Syrah from the northern Rhône, but it does have enough cola-like spicy complexity to warrant an outstanding rating. Drink it over the next 3-4 years.
Sale $11.99/bottle
Reg. $15.99/bottle

Stadt Krems Gruner Veltliner 2017
Kremstal, Austria
Fresh and fruity, with aromas reminiscent of white currant, citrus fruits and "veltliner-pfefferl" or white pepper. The flavors on the palate are consistent with the aromas and the finish is fresh and crisp. A classic Grüner Veltliner from Kremstal, not too heavy but not too light. A staff favorite.
Sale $12.99/bottle
Reg. $17.99/bottle

La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza 2009
Rioja, Spain
93+ Points Wine Advocate
The current vintage of one of the flagship wines from La Rioja Alta is the 2009 Viña Ardanza Reserva, the second year it has contained 20% Garnacha grapes from their estate vineyards in La Pedriza in the village of Tudelilla in Rioja Baja. The Tempranillo comes from vineyards averaging 30 years of age in Fuenmayor and Cenicero. The hand-harvested bunches were sorted and put in boxes, transferred to the winery at 14 degrees Celsius to be destemmed and crushed, then the grapes fermented in stainless steel, including malolactic. The two varieties were aged separately, 36 months in used American oak barrels for Tempranillo and 30 months for Garnacha, and racked every six months. It was initially closed, shy and serious, riper and a little darker than the 2008 but still very balanced, serious and harmonious. The palate combines power with elegance, with some tannins, focused flavors, some chalky texture and a rustic touch that gives it character.
Sale $34.99/bottle
Reg. $44.99/bottle

Lopez de Heredia Vina Cubillo Crianza 2009
Rioja, Spain
93 Points James Suckling
Considering that this is the producer’s simplest red, it has an astonishing stature and sophistication. Nuances of tobacco and soy sauce as well as ripe plums and a great balance of fruit and precisely crafted dry tannins and a firm, but polished finish. Drink or hold.
Sale $21.99/bottle
Reg. $29.99/bottle

Saint Cosme Les Deux Albions Cotes du Rhone 2016
Rhone, France
91 Points Wine Advocate
A perennial overachiever, the 2016 Cotes du Rhone les Deux Albions continues that run. Garrigue notes accent blueberry fruit in this full-bodied, plush wine. Loaded with hints of cherries and stone fruit, it's a cornucopia of ripe fruit waiting to be slurped down, velvety and long on the finish.
Sale $19.99/bottle
Reg. $24.99/bottle

Catena Apellation Paraje Altamira Malbec 2016
Mendoza, Argentina
93 Points Wine Advocate
The 2016 Appellation Paraje Altamira Malbec is simply superb. Floral, mineral and focused, this comes from the Nicasia Vineyard and matured in French and American oak barrels for 12 months.
Sale $14.99/bottle
Reg. $24.99/bottle

Cambria Benchbreak Chardonnay 2015
Central Coast, California
91 Points Wine Advocate
The 2015 Chardonnay Bench Break offers up notes of ripe apricots, honeydew melon and grapefruit with touches of brioche and toasted almonds. Medium-bodied, it has a pleasantly creamy texture with tons of stone fruit and citrus flavors, finishing long. Awesome value!
Sale $15.99/bottle
Reg. $25.99/bottle

Hartford Russian River Zinfandel 2013
Sonoma County, California
Vinous 93 Points
The 2013 Zinfandel Russian River Valley is an attractive, boisterous wine to drink now and over the next few years. Dark red cherry, raspberry, spice, and mint inform the juicy finish. The 2013 is gracious, inviting and pretty much impossible to resist.
Sale $29.99/bottle
Reg. $36.99/bottle

Willamette Valley Vineyards Estate Pinot Noir 2016
Willamette Valley, Oregon
92 Points Wine Advocate
The pale to medium ruby-purple 2016 Pinot Noir Estate has a wonderful open nose of black cherry, blueberry pie, cinnamon stick, nutmeg, warm earth and autumn leaves with pretty red and blue flower perfume. Light to medium-bodied, it fills the mouth with black and blue fruits layers plus oodles of spice and flower notes, with fine, grainy tannins and mouthwatering acidity, finishing very long and layered.
Sale $24.99/bottle
Reg. $34.99/bottle

Yangarra Old Vine Grenache 2014
Mclaren Vale, Australia
94 Points James Suckling

A stunning old-vine rendering of grenache from a sandy outcrop of McLaren Vale, this has a very powerful yet composed feel to it. The nose has an almost brooding and cryptic air about it. It floats around in a spice-infused cloud of cloves, pepper and cinnamon; it's gently tarry, offering up red plums and dark-berry aromas that are concentrated and build momentum with air. Sturdy, clean-cut tannins deliver staggering fruit concentration with a wealth of ripe dark-cherry and plum flavors. Terrific length. This has much on offer now and much to come in time. Outstanding value.
Sale $17.99/bottle
Reg. $29.99/bottle

And From The Cellar!

Arterberry Maresh Old Vines Pinot Noir 2016
Willamette Valley, Oregon
96 Points Wine Advocate
This is the first non-vineyard designate made by Jim Maresh. Pale to medium ruby in color, the 2016 Pinot Noir Old Vines has a lovely pure nose of pink peppercorn, dried black tea leaves, red and black licorice and violets with dried cranberries, red cherries and layers and layers of spice. Medium to full-bodied, it has amazing concentration of flavor in the mouth, blossoming out to pure red fruits and spicy layers, with cinnamon and autumn leaves accents, very fine-grained tannins and juicy acidity, finishing very, very long with tons of earth-laced fruit. Wow!
Sale $44.99/bottle
Reg. $52.99/bottle

Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino 2012
Tuscany, Italy
95 Points Wine Advocate
From the second the 2012 Brunello di Montalcino pours into the glass, you know you are in for something special. The wine is darkly saturated and rich in appearance. The quality of fruit is vibrant and rich. This is a healthy, generous and exuberant Brunello with dark density and succulent fruit flavors that are followed by integrated spice and tobacco. The balance is impressive and one thing you get here is fresh acidity. This is one of the year's best Brunellos.
Sale $64.99/bottle
Reg. $89.99/bottle

Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet 2014
Napa Valley, California
95 Points Wine Advocate
The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve To Kalon is a blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot. Deep ruby/purple-colored, notes of sweet creme de cassis, blackberry, charcoal and toast are present in the subtle but intense aromatics. The wine is full-bodied and classically crafted, building incrementally on the palate and displaying full-bodied richness, sweet tannin, and a potential to age for 25-30 + years. This is a beauty.
Sale $109.99/bottle
Reg. $199.99/bottle

April 2019 Craft Beer of the Month: Bell's Brewing

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The last time we shared a post highlighting our Beer of the Month, we indicated how lucky we were to narrowly miss a March Snowmageddon. And the last time we shared a post with a Michigan connection, Michigan State players and fans ended up leaving downtown Minneapolis earlier than anticipated.

With that out of the way, we are proud to highlight Michigan’s own Bell’s Brewing as our April craft beer of the month! If you are a fan of either Michigan State – or of actual spring – we hope you stop by this week and stock up on enough to numb your sorrows. With our Spring Sale in full swing, regardless of what we see in the weather forecast, it’ll be easy enough to do so!

See below our full list of craft beer specials from Bell’s Brewing, and more of your favorite craft breweries, available throughout April.

Remember to follow our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to find out exactly when we get new beers in.

April Craft Beer of the Month: Bell's Brewing Company:
Bell's Two Hearted IPA 4pk Sale $7.99 Reg. $9.99
Bell's Oberon 4pk Sale $6.99 Reg. $7.99
Bell's Official 6pk Sale $9.99 Reg. $10.99
Bell's Two Hearted 12pk Sale $16.99 Reg. $19.99
Bell's Oberon 12pk Sale $14.99 Reg. $18.99

New Craft Beer In April!:
Lupulin Fruit Smack IPA with Raspberry and Vanilla 4pk cans $19.99
Indeed Cherry Dust Cherry Sour Ale 4pk cans $19.99
Indeed In the Thicket Raspberry Sour Ale 375ml bottle $7.99
56 Brewing Solarama DDH Honey IPA 4pk cans $16.99
Able Better Selves IPA 6pk cans $10.99
Surly Barrel-Aged Darkness $24.99 750ml bottle *Limited
Surly Space Race Double Dry-hopped Double IPA $18.99 4pk 16oz cans
Oliphant Hobo Town Gose Sale $8.99 Reg: $9.99
2 Towns Seek Out Pineapple/Passion Fruit Hard Seltzer $9.99 6pk cans
2 Towns Seek Out Raspberry Lemon Hard Seltzer $9.99 6pk cans
Lagunitas Brett Stout $8.99 750ml bottle
Firestone Walker Sucaba Barleywine $9.99 375ml bottle
Bell's Oberon $6.99 4pk 16oz cans
Bell's Oberon Sale: $16.99 Reg: $18.99 12pk cans
O'so Oh You Witty Things Wit Ale 4pk cans $12.99
Maui/Ale Smith Collab Hi Hoaloha Rice Ale 4pk cans $10.99
Prairie Oh! Fudge Brownie Stout 12oz bottle $7.99
Prairie Okie Imperial Brown Ale 12oz bottle $9.99

Able 6pk (All types) Sale $8.99 Reg. $9.99
Grain Belt Premium 12pk bottles Sale $9.99 Reg. $11.99
Grain Belt Nordeast 12pk bottles Sale $11.99 Reg. $13.99
Bent Paddle Double Shot Double Black 750ml Sale $21.99 Reg. $23.99
Corona & Corona Lt 12pk bottles Sale $14.99 Reg. $16.99
Toppling Goliath Golden Nugget 4pk Sale $8.99 Reg. $10.99
Toppling Goliath Pseudo Sue 4pk Sale $9.99 Reg. $11.99
Toppling Goliath Pompeii 4pk cans Sale $8.99 Reg. $10.99
Toppling Goliath King Sue 4pk Sale $17.99 Reg. $19.99
Hamm's 30pk Sale $14.99 Reg. $16.99
Oliphant 4pk Low Tier Sale $7.99 Reg. $8.99
Oliphant 4pk High Tier Sale $8.99 Reg. $9.99
Oliphant Crowler Low Tier Sale $7.99 Reg. $8.99
Oliphant Crowler High Tier Sale $8.99 Reg. $9.99
O'so 6pk (all types) Sale $12.99 Reg. $14.99
Sisyphus Peanut Butter Jackpot 4pk Sale $11.99 Reg. $13.99
Sisyphus Scoopshot Shakestyle IPA 4pk Sale $14.99 Reg. $16.99
Bauhaus 12pk cans Sale $14.99 Reg. $16.99
PBR Tall boy 6pk cans Sale $4.99 Reg. $5.99
Sociable Cider (all types) 4pk Sale $9.99 Reg. $10.99
Seattle Ciders 4pk cans Sale $9.99 Reg. $11.99
Fair State Hard Water 4pk cans Sale $6.99 Reg. $9.99
Truly 12pk Berry Sale $14.99 Reg. $18.99
Truly 12pk Citrus Sale $14.99 Reg. $18.99
White Claw Variety 12pk Sale $14.99 Reg. $18.99

If You Are Still Here For The Final Four, 1010 Washington Wine & Spirits Is Still Here For You!

While we say good-bye, probably, to fans of Auburn and Michigan State, we are happy to welcome fans for Virginia and Texas Tech for another day at least!

We also know that if you are still in town, there is a good chance that you are racing from one destination to another, glancing at your phone the entire way.

So in the interest of both ensuring you find more of what we have to offer, and that you stay safe while on the go, we’ll keep this post short and to the point.

Through the rest of your visit, we will be hosting our Annual Spring Sale at 1010 Washington Wine & Spirits in downtown Minneapolis, right next to US Bank Stadium!

See what we have to offer in the full list below:

 1010 Washington Wine & Spirits - 2019 Spring Sale!

If we do not see you again after today, thank you for visiting!

Our Spring Craft Beer, Wine & Spirits Sale Is The Most Exciting Event In Downtown Minneapolis This Weekend!

It seems like people have been talking about “The Final Four” for at least the past three years. Well, today is the day! We are told that 90,000 people are coming to the Twin Cities this weekend to watch the best four teams in college basketball duke it out (sorry, I couldn’t resist!) for the national championship.

All of those visitors are NOT going to come to 1010 Washington Wine & Spirits this weekend! If you are receiving this newsletter, then YOU are our best customers. Please don’t let the anticipated hoards of basketball fans chase you out of downtown Minneapolis or away from what we hope is your favorite craft beer, fine wine and spirits outlet. You’re not just our best customers, you are our friends and neighbors…and we look forward to seeing you.

If you skip town this weekend, not only will we miss you, but you will miss the beginning of our Spring Sale, which started yesterday and runs through Sunday, April 21st!

When you walk into the store this week, you will be met with a sea of pink sale signs. Don, Rob, Darren and Cory have been working really hard to bring you the best deals of the year right now just in time for your Easter dinner on April 21st or your Passover Seders April 19 and 20. The weather seems to finally be cooperating and you will want to stock up for Spring parties, picnics and outings. Do it now, when the prices are at their best!

We want to remind you that the Ridge Vineyards Tasting is May 1st at 6:30 PM at the Aloft Hotel. Ridge was founded in 1962, which makes it one of the oldest post Prohibition wineries in California. The winery is terroir driven, and you will have the opportunity to see the differences that each single vineyard impart to the iconic Ridge Zinfandels that we will be tasting that night. Additionally, we will be tasting Chardonnay and Cabernet from this important winery. It is going to be a terrific tasting, and we would like to see you there. Call the store at (612)339-4040 or send us a note at to reserve your spot.

There are no reservations necessary for our Fourth Annual Best Indoor Rose’ Tasting taking place on Saturday, May 11th from 4PM til 7PM. That may or may not be enough time to sample from the over forty rose’ wines from the 2018 vintage that will be available. This has always been one of the best events we have inside the store. It is a great opportunity to sample, and purchase the wines of Summer when they are not only fresh, but AVAILABLE. So many of these wines are shipped into the market in the Spring and not reordered by our suppliers. When you find something you like, jump on it to avoid future disappointment.

As usual, there is a lot going on at 1010 Washington Wine & Spirits! We want you to think of us as YOUR store. We love seeing you. We love suggesting new and different beverages for your enjoyment. You are our reason for being here.

Thanks for reading this!

Surly Barrel Aged Darkness is Here!

As if today was not already exciting enough, what with the start of our Annual Spring Wine Sale, we have yet another big announcement to make.

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In our downtown Minneapolis store now, we have a limited number of bottles of 2019 Surly Barrel Aged Darkness!

If you are already among the initiated, you are probably well aware of what you will taste in this intense – and intensely sought after - brew. For those that are not yet among the faithful, we invite you to familiarize yourself with the description provided by Surly below:

“Darkness is a beer of fable and legend. Malty and intense, yet velvety smooth. This special edition of our massive Russian imperial stout matured in rye whiskey barrels and brings waves of chocolate, vanilla, dried fruit, and cherry flavors, enhanced by the oak and spice of the barrel.”

Surly special releases always go quick – but this one will be flying off the shelves.

Along with the launch of our Spring Wine Sale, what more reason do you need to stop by on your way home this evening?

Rare Whiskey Is The Perfect Way to Kick-Off Spring!

As we watch the last bit of snow melt off the streets and sidewalks of downtown Minneapolis, and marvel at the set-up for the NCAA Final Four, forgive us for thinking that we are finally past winter 2018-19 for good.

So let’s celebrate with some great liquor specials – including some fabulous prices on a half dozen different styles of rare whiskey. See our list below.

Remember, too, that our Spring Sale begins this Wednesday, April 3rd!

Liquor Specials!!!
Luksosowa Vodka 1.75L Sale $19.99 Reg. $24.99

Rare Whiskey
Glenmorangie Allta Private Editions #10 750ml $109.99 (6 bottles)

Single Cask Nation Craigellachie 10yr Scotch 750ml $129.99 (2 bottles)

Single Cask Nation Macduff Sherry Cask 13yr Scotch 750ml $149.99 (3 bottles)

Single Cask Nation Stones of Stenness 18yr Scotch 750ml $229.99 (3 bottles)

Kilchoman 100% Islay 8th Edition 750ml $109.99 (3 bottles)

Kilchoman Sauternes Cask Finish 750ml $99.99 (3 bottles)

Store Pick
If you haven't gotten in to try the brand new Old Forester Barrel, holy cow is it good. Get in and grab a bottle or six! It is an impressive combination of spice, caramel and fruit with enough heat to taste, but not blow you away with. The complexity of it is amazing!