Monday, December 7, 2009


There's nothing Team Minnesota's Brook Mutzenberger loves more than a good glass or two of spiritus fermenti. Her favorite varietal is Cabernet Sauvignon.

Brook's favorite junk food are onion rings. What wine goes well with rings? Does a good Cab work? Or a white wine? A Chardonnay? Or a Gewurztraminer?

Perhaps one need not be snobby at times like this. Surely, either white or red will work.

Brook's dream vacation destination is Cuba, a nation not known for indigenous wine, though it's transplanted vines from Europe, especially Spain, are producing satisfying blends.

Will she find a good local Cabernet in Cuba? Probably not. But let us recommend the 2005 Conde de San Cristobal Ribera del Duero. Made from 80% Tempranillo with the final 20% a blend of Cab and Merlot, this vino is richly textured, seriously aromatic and an especially good compliment to Cuban food. And foods with copious amounts of grease. Like onion rings.

Can Brook find onion rings in Cuba? Sure. Where? Let us recommend the Sesame Onion Rings at Havana New Hope. Only $14.

Here's some more stuff about Brook:

Occupation: Group Training Coordinator & Personal Trainer at Life Time Fitness
College? Where? Degrees? Concordia College, Moorhead, MN - International Business & Spanish
Favorite food: Cheese
Favorite books: Lance Armstrong book My Journey Back to Life: It's not about the Bike and Michael Phelps book No Limits
BoldFavorite Movies: A Walk in the Clouds
Favorite TV shows: Brothers & Sisters
BoldFavorite Singers or Bands? Love all 80's music
Favorite Junk Food: Onion Rings
Your Perfect Meal: Grilled chicken, rice, black beans, tomatoes & avocados
Favorite Restaurant: Red Stone
Favorite Alcoholic Beverage: Red Wine - Cabernet
Non-Tri Hobbies: Wine tasting!
Heroes? My mother
Dream Vacation Destination? Cuba
Winter Training? How do you train in the off-season? Tennis, Boxing & Weights