France 44: Past and Present

France 44 started off as a simple bottle shop in 1950s in the infamous Gateway District of downtown Minneapolis, founded by Red & Harriet Anderson. Since then, we’ve relocated to the Linden Hills neighborhood and expanded the business into three neighborhood gourmet lifestyle shops in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

We’ve also added several more arms in recent years including beverage and cheese classes for the public, private tasting events for corporate businesses and individuals, a wine storage service, catering and gifting services, a bi-monthly wine case club, and much more. We’re glad you’re here!


Purchase the wines for this year's program

Taste of the Season

On October 10th at 6:00pm CST, PWC will release a short, pre-recorded video of the 2020 Taste of the Season program, which will be made available on their website and on social media channels. Join in the tasting fun by purchasing any (or all!) of the wines below, which were thoughtfully paired by Associate Artistic Director & House Sommelier, Hayley Finn.

PLEASE NOTE: Click below to order each of the wines online. Alternatively, you may call the store at 612-925-3252 to place your order over the phone. Hours for ordering wines will be 10am – 6pm Monday through Saturday, and 11am – 5pm on Sunday. Orders are available for pickup from 11am – 8pm Monday through Saturday, and noon – 6pm on Sunday. Please allow one hour for us to process your order.

For Curbside Pickup, please park in marked spots and call 612-278-4435 when you arrive for pick-up and someone will carry your order out.

A different shopping experience

We pride ourselves on a curated selection of products you won’t find everywhere. From small-batch bourbon and wild varietal agave spirits to limited-release beers and grower Champagnes, we love putting personality and character on our shelves. Our knowledgable and friendly staff are dedicated to helping you find your next favorite libation.

And in these strange times, we’ve created a virtual Concierge Shopping Service where you can take advantage of our product specialists’ knowledge in a one-on-one shopping experience, all from the safety and comfort of your own home. Click below to learn more.

Concierge Shopping Service

Experimental Wine Theater

We love to stretch boundaries and explore new horizons at France 44. We’ve combined wine, education, and theater for a different take on our traditional wine classes to bring our audiences a completely different take on wine history. Our talented staff (along with some incredible help from our theater friends like Marge Buckley) has done experimental plays based on the history of Phylloxera in 19th century France, as well as “what really happened” during America’s Prohibition era.

Along with these creative ventures, we also offer a variety of wine, beer, spirits, and cheese classes (done virtually) both for the public as well as for private parties and corporate businesses. Click the link below to view our current offerings!

Virtual Events

Introducing: The France44cast

The best part of our jobs at France 44 is being able to have interesting, thought-inducing conversations with our customers about our favorite products. But since COVID-19 has made that more difficult lately, we decided to bring those conversations to you via podcast! Join us every Wednesday for a new episode, hosted by our friend Marge Buckley and produced by France 44 staff member Emmet Kowler. Find the France44cast on Apple, Spotify, Google–wherever you get your podcasts. Click below to be brought to our podcast page.


Part of the neighborhood

We’re proud to be part of the Linden Hills neighborhood, and we take our “good neighbor” role seriously. We’ve partnered with numerous nonprofit organizations like the Hennepin Healthcare Foundation, Appetite for Change, Pause 4 Paws, VEAP, and others to raise awareness and funds for their important causes.

Limited production wines for the insatiably curious

Discovery Club

Our wine club takes you on an expertly curated and adventurous wine drinking journey around the globe. We focus is on small-production and artisanal-quality wines, each with a unique story behind them. What makes our Discovery Wine Club different is the unique, quality wines we hand-select, along with our in-depth tasting and pairing notes.

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