Exploring Your Gluten Free Liquor Options [VIDEO]

Posted by Beau Farrell on Aug 23, 2016 10:38:12 AM

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.



What's Gluten-Free?

It's all about what that particular spirit is made from. Whether it's red wine with grapes or tequila from the agave cactus, those are clear examples of gluten free liquor.

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5 Wine Cocktails That Will Make Your Tastebuds Dance

Posted by Beau Farrell on Aug 18, 2016 9:28:15 AM

The dog days of summer can conjure images of lazy days sipping cocktails on the patio. Why imagine it when you can live it? Whether it’s your patio, porch, deck or spot by the lake, we’ve come up with a few ways to help keep you cool this summer with delicious wine cocktails. 

Whipping up a wine cocktail is a great way to use leftover wine – if that’s an issue – and a fun way to add a little pizzazz to your house red or white. An advantage of a wine-based cocktail is they tend to have lower alcohol content, which may be perfect for that Sunday brunch.

5 Sexy Wine Cocktail Recipes to Make your Tastebuds Dance

The Calimocho or (Kalimotxo)

Enjoy this popular and refreshing Spanish wine cocktail. Calimocho originated in the Basque region of Spain but has spread throughout the entire country. It is traditionally made with Coca-Cola, but you can use any cola.


  • One part red wine
  • One part cola 

Shake wine and cola in a covered container. Let rest for a few minutes before serving in glasses over ice.


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What is Caballero Liqueur? The Spirit of Spain

Posted by Beau Farrell on Aug 11, 2016 1:49:25 PM

If you haven’t yet discovered the glory that is Caballero liqueur, don’t fret. Many of us here in Minnesota are late to the Caballero party, so we're here to invite you. In Spain, this spicy sweet liqueur is iconic; created from a blend of Spanish brandy, orange peel, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and vanilla.

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6 Remarkable Minnesota Wine Tastings to Keep on Your Radar

Posted by Beau Farrell on Aug 9, 2016 7:19:59 PM

A wine tasting is an opportunity to sample wines that may not be on your regular wine rotation. Besides learning about a particular region, varietal, and style of wine, tastings often lend themselves to great socializing and sharing of a wine experience. With a baker’s dozen of locations throughout the Twin Cities metro, we have a number of wine events to share with you along with a couple others you’ll want to put in your Outlook calendar.

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Best Cheap Wine: Our Picks Under 30 Dollars

Posted by Beau Farrell on Aug 6, 2016 12:34:04 PM

Don’t let the title fool you. We know there are some terrific and even amazing wines that are affordable, approachable, and cost less than three Hamilton’s. But what about the great divide between your favorite truly inexpensive finds and those special once-a-year wines? That’s what we’re talking about – a list of the 10 best cheap wines for under $30 per bottle.

Of course, these are just the tip of the vineyard, so to speak. With so many wines from which to choose, we could make you a list a day and still have plenty to share. And we’ve included some bottles that fit under our $30 limit because they’re currently on sale – so grab them while the price is right.

2008 Pierre Usseglio Chateauneuf du Pape – Sale Price $29.99

This is a beautiful bottle of a fabulous Chateauneuf du Pape – silky and richly textured. 

Willamette Valley Pinot Noir – $29.99

From Oregon’s largest region, Willamette Valley is known for its Pinot Noir.

Pronunciation helper: Willamette rhymes with damn it – and this bottle has sweet, delicate aromas of raspberry, licorice, and violets, with a juicy entry and silky mouthfeel.

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Water of Life: Different Types of Whiskey [Video]

Posted by Beau Farrell on Aug 4, 2016 9:18:19 AM

People have so many questions about whiskey. Why is it called water of life, why are there so many types of whiskey, and what makes the clear liquid turn brown? Haskell's President Ted Farrell helps clear up the confusion in this edition of Quick Pours.   

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Craft Beer Reviews: Our Thoughts on Minnesota's Best Brews

Posted by Beau Farrell on Jul 28, 2016 2:09:56 PM

We often write about Minnesota craft beers. Why? Because so many are truly well-crafted, rooted in tradition – and, most importantly, great to drink. Isn’t that what a good beer should be, thirst quenching good?

When we are asked for our thoughts on Minnesota’s best brews, we can offer our take on some of our favorites and some of the top sellers. But ultimately, after our craft beer reviews, we leave the final decision to you. After all, everyone’s tastes differ and there is no right or wrong when it comes to what hops make you happy. But we do have some opinions to share. 

Here are out thoughts on some of Minnesota’s best brews:

Lift Bridge – For those who love hops, check out Hop Dish (7.5% ABV) or the highly drinkable Farm Girl (5.8% ABV). Read our Lift Bridge blog.

Fulton Brewery – A standout IPA to check out, Sweet Child of Vine IPA (6.4% ABV). Find out what else these folks produce by reading our blog on Fulton. 

Summit - We love this American IPA, Summit Sága IPA (6.4% ABV).

Here’s more in our blog about Summit Beer.

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The Pink Stuff: What is Rosé Wine? [video]

Posted by Beau Farrell on Jul 26, 2016 3:13:14 PM

Rosé is a wonderful summertime treat. in fact, it's a wonderful year round treat. But what exactly is Rosé wine? Haskell's Chairman and CEO Jack Farrell explains how the pink stuff gets its unique color in this edition of Quick Pours:

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How to Pick the Perfect Wine When You Buy Wine Online

Posted by Beau Farrell on Jul 21, 2016 3:40:39 PM

When it comes to finding the perfect bottle of wine, you have plenty of options. That’s what makes wine so great, there’s a bottle for every taste. But that’s also why you might want a little guidance, particularly when you buy wine online. So, we’re here to help make the decision as easy as possible for you.

With more than a dozen brick-and-mortar store locations around the Twin Cities metro, we know it can still be time-consuming to stop by a store and much faster to make a pick and purchase online. But what to buy? How to find that wine? Knowledge is power, so here are some ideas to help you pick that perfect wine while shopping online.

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Bridal Parties: How to Choose Wine for a Wedding

Posted by Beau Farrell on Jul 14, 2016 2:50:47 PM

It’s the time of year when love is in the air and wedding bells are ringing. It’s also a busy time for bridal parties as they plan the special day. There are many checklists to compile and one area we can certainly help with is ensuring you have the perfect wine to toast the newlyweds. So, here are our time-honored tips on how to choose wine for a wedding.

Before you pick the wine, here are a few things to consider:

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