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France 44 Wines & Spirits

Map & Directions 4351 France Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55410
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  • No Parking


City Pages' Description

Benjamin Roberts, the man in charge of the cheese shop at France 44 so abhors the product-mishandling he's witnessed at upscale grocers--fragile, living, breathing cheeses tightly wrapped in plastic instead of a porous cheese paper--he's penned several "cheese abuse" diatribes on his blog (france44.blogspot.com, and he Twitters, too). While some might find this a little extreme, we love a specialty-shop personality who's especially persnickety, but not at all snobbish, about his wares. Roberts brings in a lot of his cheeses direct from producers and cuts them to order, so when you're buying a special cheese--the Hook's seven-year cheddar you already love, or the French Massipou that Roberts knows you will--it'll be in top condition. And if you're having trouble making a decision, he'll happily help you sample a few picks from the case. Roberts also sells the city's best selection of domestic bean-to-bar artisan chocolates along with a slew of other gourmet goods such as La Quercia prosciutto, along with house-made refrigerated and frozen deli items and (our fave) the duck confit. If you want to indulge in your purchases right at the shop, take a seat at one of the tables and the staff will bring out platters and stemware and serve it to you.

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Tips from foursquare

  • Mpls.St.Paul Magazine on 11/30/10

    Ben Roberts is one of the coolest cheesemongers in town. Don't miss his intuitive and intriguing cheese-focused sandwiches.

  • MPLSco on 10/25/10

    Try Surly's new beer, Wet. Extremely limited edish!

  • City Pages on 02/24/11

    Voted By City Pages as Best Wine Shop in 2010. France 44, which carries a monstrous inventory from 17 countries, has a staff eager to help you find just the right bottle for your palate and budget.

  • Eric H. on 11/05/11

    Get a pint of Surly Darkness for $1 when you order a cheese plate. Tasty deal.

  • Aaron G. on 06/29/11

    Surly Furious is the best!

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