Ashley and Aaron Schram, the tireless entrepreneurs behind Schram Vineyards and Schram Haus Brewery, are on a mission to give Minnesota wine a makeover. The couple produces 11 vinos on the North Loop premises of AxeBridge Wine Company. Connoisseurs can sample half of ’em during a one-hour, $30 tasting session (reserve your spot here) or head straight for the bar to order off the tap lines. Join the AxeBridge Wine Club for access to special quarterly releases, including innovative blends of cold-hardy Minnesota grapes and vivacious California varietals. Hot tip: AxeBridge is a five-minute walk from Stillheart Distillery & Cocktail Lounge, the newest drinkery from the folks behind Lawless Distilling and downtown’s first proper distillery.

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