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.
All aboard! Imagine a leisurely cruise along the stunning St. Croix River on a beautiful charter boat while sipping from an array of specially curated wines and beers. You can do this, by attending one of Haskell's Summer Boat Cruises!
Why do wine and cheese make such a heavenly pair? Science. One study looked at "mouthfeel," and another recent scientific study examined how cheese influenced perception of wine. We also know that they just taste great, especially when you have the right pairing. So, what cheese goes with what wine, or perhaps what wine goes with the cheese? You need to start somewhere, so we'll start with OUR list.
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.
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.
Understanding wine tasting terms, as well as using them, will go far in your next wine tasting adventure. Having the right words or wine tasting vocabulary can help also boost your wine buying confidence. So, how well do you know wine terminology? There are literally hundreds of ways to describe wine. It doesn't have to remain a mystery. Don't know it? Let's decode it. We've made it easy for you by putting together a short list of 13 must-know wine terms you should know today.
Are you looking to add a little sweetness to your life? Perhaps to celebrate the sweetheart who makes your heart swoon? We've put together a list of some of the best sweet wines for your sweetheart this Valentine's Day, and you may be surprised to find that all of these spectacular offerings can be found at Haskell's.
We love wine and love writing, talking, drinking and sharing everything about it. Are you a wine whiz, or know one? Last year, we entertained you with five fun facts about wine. But this year we decided to dig deeper. Here are ten more fun facts to share with your friends.
As the holidays slowly approach, so do many decisions we'll have to make. Where to celebrate? Who is hosting? What can we do differently? Here's a thought. Consider bringing world class beverage knowledge to your event by hiring a sommelier. At a restaurant or hotel, a sommelier (French in origin for wine steward) is a highly trained wine professional knowledgeable in all aspects of wine including food pairing. And now you can get that restaurant quality at home. Make your next holiday affair one to remember. In fact, you'll have to work less so you can enjoy your guests more.
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.