If you’ve ever been to the Minnesota State Fair, you know you’re bound to find just about any food on a stick, and a lot of competition. From arts and crafts, to livestock and garden fresh foods – every year, hundreds of Minnesotans enter their talented work for a chance at the blue ribbon. That’s also true for the amateur winemaking competition, which has been a part of the Minnesota State Fair for decades.
A rosé by another name would still be delicious, and still be the perfect summer sipping wine. Americans are drinking more rosé wines than ever, but the French continue to eclipse us, as they should. Rosé wine has become so popular, Fortune magazine says the sales are up more than 57 percent in the last year. We can't tell you why but we can tell you about some great wines to buy and try for yourself.
Santa Margherita represents the best of tradition, innovation, a passion for authentic and enjoyable wines, and respect for the people and the lands that produce them.
Cold-hardy. That describes so much of Minnesota, and the types of grapes that grow well here. What kind of grapes? Chambourcin, Chardonnay, Concord, Delaware, Edelweiss, Frontenac, Frontenac Gris, Geisenheim, Gewürztraminer, La Crescent, La Crosse, Leon Millot, Malbec, Marechal Foch, Marquette, Riesling, Sabrevois, Seyval Blanc, St. Croix, St. Pepin, Syrah, Vidal Blanc, Vignoles, and Zinfandel. It's safe to say that Frontenac is a frontrunner. So, what to drink and where to find it?
You don't need to be fluent in Spanish, or have a passport to Spain to enjoy all the wonderful wines available from this magnificent country. Spain has been producing wine for thousands of years. In fact, it's only behind Italy and France in production of wine. You won't need your passport to enjoy the best of Spain's vast amount of wine offerings. Before we offer some great recommendations, here are a few things to keep in mind.
Louis M. Martini emigrated to the United States in 1899 at the age of 13 from Genoa, Italy. Louis made his first wine at home in 1906 alongside his father, who wisely sent him back to Italy to hone his craft and study winemaking at the University in Alba, Piedmont. He moved back to California and in 1922, started the Louis M. Martini Grape Products Company. The company offered medicinal and sacramental wines as well as wine bricks. Wine bricks were batches of concentrated grape juice which could legally be used in home winemaking during prohibition. Did you know that each household could legally produce and consume up to 200 gallons per year?
When it comes to wine, it's all about versatility. It can be complex, simple, sophisticated or affordable – no matter your favorite blend. It's also been around since basically forever. Wines have been enjoyed by humankind for thousands of years (archaeologists found evidence in Georgia dated to circa 6000 BC), and now in the 21st century we can marvel at the thousands of wines available to sip and swirl on any given day. There are red, white, rose, sparkling and more than 10,000 types of wine grapes around the world. So, where does one even start? No worries. We have Jack Farrell and the entire Haskell's team of wine experts to help.
Aw, cake! What is not to love about rich, dense, dark, luscious, creamy cake? Especially, if it's in a glass ready to drink. If you haven't experienced Layer Cake Shiraz, we'd like to introduce you to this immensely drinkable and approachable Australian wine. And, when we say approachable, we also mean at a great price.
It's easy to keep choosing the same bottle of wine simply because the choices can be overwhelming. There are literally thousands of wine options from which to choose – from red, to white, and even "in-between." Our wine experts work hard to make it easier for you when it comes to choosing a wine for the right occasion — and sometimes, that occasion is simply because it's spring in Minnesota.
Are you storing your white wines in the back of the refrigerator and your red wines on top of the refrigerator? When it comes to serving wine, temperature matters. There are some common misconceptions about the "right" wine serving temperature for your red and whites. Let's start with a little myth busting.