9 Perfect Pairings: Midwest Wine Experiences
Great River Road Wine Trail
The concept of terroir comes to life as you follow the Mississippi River to 10 wineries in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa. At each tasting room along the two-year-old trail, vintners explain how the rolling hills, steep bluffs and pleasantly cooler temperatures affect a wine's flavor.
Hybrid grapes such as Foch, Frontenac, La Crescent and Marquette flourish here, and tasting reveals how they make the region's wine distinctive. Events throughout the year pair local foods and wines, and an upcoming holiday celebration puts a festive spin on the perfect pairings. (507) 474-9463; greatriverroadwinetrail.org -- Melanie Radzicki McManus
Pictured: Minnesota's Cannon River Winery, along the Great River Road Wine Trail, holds pairing events throughout the year.