StarTribune Editorial – March 27th, by Meagan Forbes
If you’re looking for a Cabernet, Tempranillo or Malbec at your favorite Minnesota farm winery, chances are you won’t find one. And it’s not Minnesota’s harsh winters that are to blame. It’s Minnesota’s harsh regulatory environment.
Unlike craft brewers — who are free to import a variety of hops and barley from anywhere they please — Minnesota farm wineries are legally required to make wine with a majority of Minnesota grapes. This law props up the state’s grape industry at the expense of farm wineries, wine drinkers and our state’s economy.
It’s time to set our farm wineries free.