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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.