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Minnesota Wine Exchange closing?

Did Minnesota Wine Exchange go out of business? Or is it just changing locations?  I bought a half-price gift certificate and went to use it, but it looked like they were packing up.

I really need to stop buying these gift certificates. I think it’s a curse to the business. I bought three for Thai Krathong and never got to use them. Sad to see these unique businesses go.

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13 Comment(s)

  1. Their website and Facebook are both down as well.

    Rae | Jan 31, 2014 | New Comment
  2. Yep, it appears the domain for their website is parked. This would further indicate that they likely are done.

    It is too bad, Duluth needs something like this.

    Dorkus | Jan 31, 2014 | New Comment
  3. After visiting there a couple of times, the writing was on the wall. There wasn’t much effort going on there, so shed no tears.

    spy1 | Jan 31, 2014 | New Comment
  4. I knew the place was doomed when I had a glass there and shitty pop music radio was playing. Not exactly the right vibe . . .

    johnjaundice | Jan 31, 2014 | New Comment
  5. Also, Minnesota-produced wine is pretty gross.

    vicarious | Jan 31, 2014 | New Comment
  6. Dude, these guys were excellent hosts who built a pleasant environment. I enjoyed several good evenings there.

    (If I were to offer a small criticism, it was always the place my friends met before going somewhere else for dinner, instead of the place we spent an evening, because the menu was limited. Once we went to Luce or somewhere else, we never seemed to wander back.)

    And Minnesota wines are gross the way that PDD posters are trolls. Some clearly are; most are not. Talking to the folks at Minnesota Wine Exchange was a way to learn about the awesomeness available in our state. | Feb 1, 2014 | New Comment
  7. Fact: Minnesota’s climate and soil are not conducive to the production of quality wine with a depth of character and nuance.

    vicarious | Feb 1, 2014 | New Comment
  8. Some growers are persistent, talented, work with the university to develop grapes that thrive in this climate and soil, and so win awards for quality (for example: Top 8 Minnesota wines named by tourism site).

    de gustibus non est disputandum | Feb 1, 2014 | New Comment
  9. I went there once and had a nice time. The wine our server recommended was good, the noshes were good — although a limited menu — I am sorry it didn’t make it. But not all that surprised.

    Claire | Feb 1, 2014 | New Comment
  10. I had a nice night with my girlfriend there when we stopped by one time. Sorry to hear they are no longer around.

    I helped operate a business on that corner for years, and lack of parking is a major problem right there. Personally I think downtown would be better served by a parking structure there at Lake and Superior the weird, rarely used brick park sits currently.

    piker | Feb 1, 2014 | New Comment
  11. piker,

    How can you complain about a lack of parking when the Tech Village ramp is up 1/2 block up on Lake Ave. and there IS currently public parking under the “weird, rarely used brick park” east of the Minnesota Power Bldg?

    I too am sad to see them go, but you really can’t blame the parking situation.

    duluthmtnbiker | Feb 2, 2014 | New Comment
  12. I tried to go there 4 times and only was successful twice. When I was able to get in, I had a good time. The issue was lack of advertisement, limited selection and they were sometimes just not open. They had two different websites with two different hours posted. When you go there at 6pm on a Friday, you would hope they would be open. You cannot run a business and just not be open for the hours you have posted.

    bratwurst | Feb 13, 2014 | New Comment
  13. Here’s an update from the Duluth News Tribune: Minnesota Wine Exchange in Duluth plans new business strategy

    BadCat! | Mar 11, 2014 | New Comment

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