It's that time of year when the end of summer brings on a number of fall sales — and wine is no exception. But not all wine sales are created equally. So, how do you sort the great deals from the clunkers when you're buying wine on sale?
Are you looking for a high end wine option that you can really splurge on? Do you have a great celebration coming up? You could choose one of the great wines of Bordeaux, some California wines, or maybe Oregon, Italy, or Spain — they all make world-class wines that are worth splurging on. But Haskell's Chairman and CEO Jack Farrell shares his personal favorites — and the story behind its name — in this edition of Quick Pours.
It might not be an age-old problem, but we do get plenty of questions about storing wine. Why, when, and how should one age wine? There are plenty of thoughts on this topic, but let's start at the top. To age a wine simply means you intend to store the bottle in a cool, dark place (like a cellar - hence, the term cellaring) for a number of years, with the goal of improving the quality of wine as it matures. Sounds simple enough, but it's not. Let's separate fact from fiction.
Do you worry about letting cold beer get warm? Do you buy room temperature beer to avoid those up-and-downs? Don't fall prey to the most common beer storage myth. We'll set you straight on what will and won't hurt your beer in this edition of Quick Pours.
Five, count them, five great cocktails to head into autumn. As much as we love summer in Minnesota, there is something incredibly special about the change of seasons as the maple leaves begin to cross over to their autumnal colors, the air becomes crisp, apples beg to be picked, and the bourbons beckon you for a great pour. While vodka and gin remain perennial favorites, it's time to let some of those fine, brown liquors get into the limelight along with apples, cranberries, and cider. And football. Go Vikes, and enjoy these five fall cocktails to go with your favorite fall foods — including one with Viking in its name.
It makes sense that Minneapolis’ first micro-distillery would pay homage to the legend of the Northwood lumberjacks (and the Norsemen that many of those fellows were). What we like about the small batch craft distillery are the spirits Norseman Distillery produces in Northeast Minneapolis. Focused on producing premium vodka, gin, and rum in small batches, this happening local distillery has received national kudos. The Strawberry Rhubarb Gin was called “special” in Bon Appetit, and we think so too.
Beefeater, Bombay, and Tanqueray. Some of the most popular gins in the world say "London Dry" on the label, and since some of them clearly aren't made in London, we are often asked about it. What is London Dry gin, and how is it different than any other gin? Haskell's President Ted Farrell has the answer in this edition of Quick Pours.
The craft beer craze is far from bubbling over. More men and women are discovering and loving the myriads of malty, hoppy creations from brewmasters around the nation – many of them locals. You might say Minnesota’s craft beer scene is hops ahead of the curve. That means we have access to tremendous beer right in our own backyard. And, our stores have plenty of local AND national craft beers in our coolers – for you or for gifts. Putting together the perfect craft beer gift basket is easy and you can do it from desk right here on our website with a few taps (if you’ll pardon the pun).
Minnesota is a haven for those who love the outdoors, theater, biking, sports, and… wine. With more than 45 wineries across our state, you don’t have to head to either coast to enjoy the beauty that rows upon rows of glistening grapes upon a vine can offer. If you love planning your weekends, we want to help you map out your own tour of Minnesota’s wineries.
There are so many questions these days from people with gluten sensitivity and gluten free diets about what wines and spirits to try and what wines and spirits to avoid. Haskell's President Ted Farrell explores your gluten free liquor options in this edition of Quick Pours.