North Loop is getting a winery

Is it wine time? Soon, soon.

Is it wine time? Soon, soon. Schram Vineyards Winery & Brewery

When my boss sent me this press release, my dumb eyes deceived me and I thought West Bank's beloved hot dog dive, The Wienery, was, inexplicably, expanding into Minneapolis' glitzy North Loop. 

It's important you know that. 

When I regained the ability to read, the true story emerged: Schram Vineyards -- which operates a winery in Waconia plus a brewery in Chaska -- just announced plans for a North Loop outpost. The new winery should arrive next year at 411 Washington Av. -- aka right down the street from Cuzzy's. 

“It'll be a great complement to the local breweries Minneapolis has become known for, giving guests the opportunity to experience on-site wine production, as well as taste, socialize, and buy wine,” co-owner Ashley Schram says via the press release.

The yet-to-be-named winery will boast a bar/tasting area, outdoor patio, and on-site vino making. Will there be hot dogs? Unlikely. 

The husband-wife duo of Ashley (city girl) and Aaron (farm boy) Schram opened Schram Vineyards in 2013, with the brewery/taproom arriving one year later.