THE POUR

Turkey Traditions: How to Find Your Go-To Thanksgiving Wine

Posted by Beau Farrell on Nov 16, 2017 1:33:44 PM

The holiday season is upon us, and first up is our favorite feast, Thanksgiving. Part of being a gracious guest is always bringing a host or hostess a gift. Show appreciation to those who prepared the meal and invited you into their home with a bottle of wine that is food friendly, and ready to drink. So, how do you find the right Thanksgiving wine?

Consider that a traditional Thanksgiving will likely have a roasted turkey which can go with just about any wine. It's the side dishes that are the wild card. Gravy, mashed potatoes, wild rice stuffing, cranberries. It's truly a feast, so you'll need to keep your wine versatile like the food on the table.

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Hospices de Beaune: The Story Behind the World Famous Wine Auction

Posted by Beau Farrell on Nov 9, 2017 4:57:50 PM

November is a time to give thanks. For wine lovers, it's a time to give thanks for the legendary Hospices de Beaune wine auction that has been taking place in Burgundy, France since 1859. Even Haskell's very own Jack Farrell has been attending this world-renowned annual event for 45 years! 

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Vino and Venison: Wine Pairings For Your Hunter's Game

Posted by Beau Farrell on Nov 2, 2017 4:58:02 PM

Minnesota's first official deer season dates back to 1858, the year we first became a state. And here we are getting ready for Deer Hunting Season 2017. Assuming your family member or friend doesn't come home empty-handed, you're going to need a little vino to pair with the venison you'll soon be enjoying.

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Giving Back: Wine Sales to Benefit California Wildfire Relief

Posted by Beau Farrell on Oct 30, 2017 7:12:04 PM

Though two-thousand miles away, the devastating wildfires that blazed through California earlier this month hit home here at Haskell's, as our family extends out to the west coast.

We've had the privilege to work with a number of wine industry partners in Napa Valley and Sonoma Counties for decades. And while there have been different degrees of loss between those we work with, our thoughts and deepest condolences are with everyone affected by these tragic events — partners, non-partners, business owners, families and those who've worked tirelessly toward relief efforts. Though much of the fires have been contained, many still have a long way to go.

California, the fourth-largest wine producer in the world, is a multibillion-dollar industry that generates more than $15 billion in taxes annually. According to the New York Times, the fires disrupted tens of thousands of jobs — 46,000 in Napa County alone, destroyed grapes still on the vine, along with so many bins, barrels, and bottles of wine.

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Hosting a Halloween Party? These Halloween Drinks Are To Die For.

Posted by Beau Farrell on Oct 19, 2017 4:07:15 PM

The orange leaves are falling and the days are getting shorter – both indicators that the spookiest holiday of the season is lurking around the corner. Get ready, it's almost Halloween!

Hosting a costume party? Halloween drinks are a must. We're feeling a little devilish, so we've rounded up a great assortment of beer, wine and spirits that bring the ghoulish game to any party. Plus, we've added a few festive cocktail recipes from Minnesota's own distilleries. 

When you can, keep it local. Cheers to the spirit of the holiday!

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Out With the Light and in With the Dark Seasonal Beer

Posted by Beau Farrell on Oct 13, 2017 2:14:26 PM

It's the season of change. You know the drill. Bring out your favorite sweaters, light the wood fire and break open a hearty ale. It also means those light, fruity summer seasonal beers are making way for the dark ales and stouts that compliment autumn so well.

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Orchard Ales: Minnesota's Booming Cider Beer Scene

Posted by Beau Farrell on Oct 5, 2017 3:41:42 PM

Once October hits, it seems our fascination and  deep  thirst for all things from the orchard strikes – whether it's apples or pumpkins, you'll notice an explosion of autumn favorites. Minnesota's booming cider beer scene is exciting and fruitful. Our orchards are plump with arguably the country's best apples, so it's only logical we'd crush it with our ciders.

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Get Ready For Pumpkin Everything, Like Pumpkin Cocktails

Posted by Beau Farrell on Sep 26, 2017 5:09:09 PM

Pumpkin spice. You can eat it, you can drink it, and it is certainly not just for pie and coffee drinks. We have some cocktail ideas that are just perfect for "pumpkin spice season."

Check out these pumpkin cocktail recipes that will have you ready to enjoy the season a whole lot more. You may even want to bring out the 1966 classic, It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, and toast the Peanuts gang as they celebrate Halloween. We might not be able to help Linus find the Great Pumpkin, but we can sure help you enjoy watching this American classic with a little Pumpkin classic of your own.

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Sophisticated Sommelier: The Basics of Wine Tasting Etiquette

Posted by Beau Farrell on Sep 21, 2017 4:12:43 PM

Autumn means many things, and the season is ripe for trips to wine tastings and wineries. Whether you are a novice or a natural in the tasting rooms, there are always questions that we're asked about —what to expect, what to do, and especially, what not to do at a wine tasting.

We've put together an easy cheat sheet of basic wine tasting etiquette to make your next visit an experience you'll remember.

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What Are Hops? A Lesson on Beer Fermentation.

Posted by Beau Farrell on Sep 19, 2017 4:57:18 PM

The ever-growing craft beer movement in the U.S. means an explosion in the demand for hops and that rings true for beer producers around Minnesota, too. Much of it can be directly attributed to the highly popular, wildly successful, blazing intensity of West Coast IPAs. Those India Pale Ales bring the hops, and the country's thirst followed.

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