Motoring up Lutsen Mountain’s Ski Hill Road, you’ve likely noticed welcoming and playful signs for the area’s latest landmark: North Shore Winery and Sawtooth Mountain Cider House. Curiosity won me over and on our last 142C visit, I popped in during Bluegrass Sunday.

What a gem! Nestled among a lovely forest of pine, cedar and maples, flanked by a sweet berry patch and wildflower meadow, here you will find a pretty nice slice of North Shore paradise with a Superior view, knowledgeable hosts and delightful libations.

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NS Wine meadowWith home-spun and soulful blue grass music filling the air, I parked the car and was impressed to see so many folks + families of all ages enjoying the sunny Sunday afternoon in this friendly spot.

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The helpful server recommended I try the Viognier, which was crisp and refreshing, not too sweet. It was tough to choose given the menu plays off some familiar favorites:¬†the Lutsen Blend, Blue Fin Bay, Boundary Waters, Artists Point and¬†Cascade Blend. And, their cider choices include Herbie’s Blend, sweetened with¬†Caribou¬†Cr√®me¬†maple syrup, and Moose Joose made with dolgo crabapple¬†for a¬†crisp, fresh taste.¬†The busy crew was also serving up wood-fired homemade pizzas that were hot, bubbly and topped with tasty ingredients!

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It was a pleasure to meet owners Chuck and Kim (pictured here behind the bar), so gracious, easy-going and busy!¬†They¬†made guests feel right at home, offering tastings, tips and sips to curious visitors, sharing their favorites and recommending the winery’s¬†signature ciders and wines.

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Area artists also have a main-stage display inside; stay a bit to marvel at their work that celebrates the allure, beauty and magic of the North Shore.

NS Wine bear painting HessNS Wine art.jpg¬†And, happily, North Shore Winery offers the best souvenirs I’ve found yet in Lutsen ‚ÄĒbesides treasured memories, that is!

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If you swing in for a sip, be sure to share your favorites. Oh, and given I’m not well-versed in the white wine genre, this overview on Wine Folley offers¬†an interesting comparison between Chardonnay & Viognier. Cheers! xo




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