Test Your Tastebuds: What to Expect from My Glass of Merlot

Posted by Beau Farrell on Feb 22, 2018 1:35:48 PM

Run through a mental list of wine types you and your friends know, and it won’t be long until someone mentions Merlot. For good reason: it’s a staple modern wine because it appeals to a wide scope of wine drinkers.

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Pinot Grigio vs Pinot Gris: What's The Difference?

Posted by Beau Farrell on Feb 15, 2018 1:34:50 PM

You’re standing in the wine section surrounded by bottles from around the world, but you can’t remember if your friend said she likes Pinot Grigio or Pinot Gris. The names are almost the same, but how about the wines? If you buy the wrong one, will she know the difference?

This pair of Pinots is a great example for anybody who wants to complain about wine names sounding confusing. Some are, but understanding their differences is what makes studying wine so fun. Where else do you get to tip back a glass to learn something? So, let's discuss the differences and similarities of Pinot Grigio and Pinot Gris, as well as some delicious food pairings that will help you get the most enjoyment out of these popular white wines.

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Mix Things Up: 3 Valentine's Day Drinks to Try for Date Night

Posted by Beau Farrell on Feb 8, 2018 2:11:38 PM

Valentine's Day is right around the corner — a time to express your love through food, candy, cards, and drinks. So, play a little music to set the mood and surprise your girl by playing bartender for the night. It beats waiting in line at restaurants and picking from an over-priced cocktail menu. Plus, this will let her know you're willing to go the extra mile.

To get you started, here are three Valentine's Day drinks we think she'll love.

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[VIDEO] Haskell's Wine Bar Featured on Twin Cities Live

Posted by Beau Farrell on Feb 1, 2018 6:58:23 PM

If you haven't had a chance to visit the new Haskell's Wine Bar on Nicollet Mall in Downtown Minneapolis, you might want to check out this feature from KSTP's Twin Cities Live.

Elizabeth Ries describes the new wine bar as "a new, hidden gem" in Downtown Minneapolis, and Emily Engberg sat down with our very own Ted Farrell to explore some of the Wine Bar's offerings—from wine, cheese and much more!

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New England vs. Philadelphia: Team-Themed Drinks for The Big Game

Posted by Beau Farrell on Jan 25, 2018 11:50:45 AM

The biggest Sunday in football is right around the corner and, better yet, it's in our own backyard at U.S. Bank Stadium. So, whether you missed the Big Game the last time it was in town — the Washington Redskins beat the Buffalo Bills in 1992 at the Metrodome — or you've been anxiously waiting for the day it returned, it's a game you won't want to miss.
But, do you know who you're rooting for? If you're a Minnesota Vikings fan, like we are, you're likely still mourning the unbelievable defeat in Philly, therefore making you a first-time New England fan. Go, Patriots! If you're a Jacksonville Jaguar fan, you might be rooting for Philly after the loss to New England.  Either way, you've picked a team to root for. So, what's the best way to celebrate your new fandom? With drinks and food, of course!
Give your football party some extra flavor with beer, drinks and even food native to each city, whether you're showing team spirit or just numbing the pain of the Vikings' missed historical opportunity.
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Is Skunky Beer a Thing? The Truths and Myths of Beer Storage

Posted by Beau Farrell on Jan 11, 2018 3:32:30 PM

We've all heard about skunky beer — when a beer goes from being cold to warm and back again, making it taste foul. But is it fact or fiction? We're here to debunk the skunk. Skunky beer is real, but it actually has little to do with the changing temperatures of your beverage. It's more about light.

You've never heard of light causing your beer to taste bad? It's OK, many people haven't. We'll tell you how the term "skunk" came about and the best ways to store your beer to preserve its taste.

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Get into the Holiday 'Spirits' With These 8 Christmas Cocktails

Posted by Beau Farrell on Dec 21, 2017 3:00:22 PM

When it comes to Christmas cocktails, there are the "must have" holiday classics and then there are a few new twists and shakes we'd like to add to your home bar repertoire.

So, bring out your best stemware, and get ready for the happiest time of the year with some of the cheeriest recipes we can share, whether you're crafting for one or a crowd.

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'Tis The Season For Eggnog! But why?

Posted by Beau Farrell on Dec 14, 2017 11:27:12 AM

Nothing else signifies that the holiday season is here quite like eggnog. Whether you're hosting a holiday party or just want to cozy up by the fire, eggnog is a comfort drink sure to warm you up this time of year. But why is eggnog typically only enjoyed during the cold holiday months?

That's a question culinary historians have been pondering for years. Many believe that eggnog began as a hot British drink made of milk curdled with wine or ale. The etymology of the word itself is much debated. Some say "nog" was a reference to a strong brew, others write that "nog" may stem from "noggin," a Middle English term for a small, carved wooden mug used to serve alcohol. One online dictionary claims the word is an American term invented in 1765.

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Wine Gifts that Look and Taste Expensive but Won't Break the Bank

Posted by Beau Farrell on Dec 7, 2017 6:18:58 PM

Holiday gift giving is easy when wine lovers are on your list. From wine accessories, to the wine itself, there's a lot on the market for wineos this holiday season. At Haskell's, we have a lot of gift options—stocking stuffers, holiday baskets, and special bottles that will delight just about any taste preference. And, the best news is these gifts won't leave you with a dent in your debit card.

We have a big selection, but will try not to overwhelm you. Since good things come in pairs, we decided to share a couple of items from each gift "category." So here they are—just in time for our annual Haskell's Holiday Sale.

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Brush Up on Wine and Food Pairings Before You Host the Holidays

Posted by Beau Farrell on Nov 22, 2017 7:12:53 PM

The holiday season is in full-swing! Whether the dinner table will be set with traditional favorites or a few new dishes, we have just the right wine choices to help bring your festive meals to life. 

Like holiday gifts, the options are bountiful. Go with the crowd pleasers, and consider having at least one red and one white available so everyone can enjoy a glass of wine with their holiday dinner. For instance, if you are having turkey, consider choosing a Riesling and Pinot Noir, or any other combination.

If you're unsure of which ones to pick up, you're in luck. Jack just released his 2017 favorite wines in this year's Haskell's Hundred list. You can't go wrong with any of these, and they're all retailed under $100!

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