Ask a Patch Pro: Wine
Who's thirsty? Ryan Sadowski of The Wine Shop and Duane Wienke of The Liquor Barrel are here to answer all of your questions about wine.
The world of wine can be complicated.
Enthusiasts who study the subject for years may still ask themselves if they are indeed an "expert."
But not to worry, we have asked a couple of local wine aficionados to make things easier by answering your questions.
Ryan Sadowski is the owner of The Wine Shop, a specialty retail store in Minnetonka. Wine has been a passion of his for the past 15 years, and he has traveled and studied to increase his knowledge of wine. Sadowski took several courses at the Culinary Institute in Napa Valley, completing Levels 1 and 2 of Wine Fundamentals through the International Sommeliers Guild, and he is currently enrolled in the Sommelier Diploma Program.
Sadowski has also completed the Level 1 course through the Court of Master Sommeliers, along with countless hours of research and education to pursue his passion.
Duane Wienke opened The Liquor Barrel 25 years ago in Golden Valley. Wienke is a wine enthusiast and leads Golden Valley's Wine Society, a group that he often partners with to do wine tastings in his store. Liquor Barrel carries wine from all around the world.
So go ahead and ask away! Leave your questions in the comments area below, and our Patch Pros will check back regularly to answer them.