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Wine for Beginners: What to Expect From My Glass of Malbec

Posted by Beau Farrell on Nov 8, 2018 3:04:00 PM

You’ve probably heard someone rattling off the wine list at a restaurant or mention their favorite types of wine. You’re familiar with a lot of names they mention: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Rosé — but one of the names makes you wonder: Malbec. Is Malbec wine, a philosopher you missed in Psych 101, or an obscure cat name from the Internet?

If you haven’t tried it yet, Malbec is a red wine well worth your time. Here's what to expect.

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Tis the Season for Giving: Best Wine for a Host/Hostess Gift

Posted by Beau Farrell on Nov 1, 2018 11:48:01 AM

Tis the season for gatherings, food, wine, and gifts. So, if you're invited to a holiday party this year — whether it's hosted by your boss, best friend, or family member — bring a bottle of wine as a host/hostess gift.

You may be thinking, "I have no idea what kind of wine they like!" Don't worry, there are several types of wines that appeal to a large crowd with a variety of flavor preferences. Here are some of our favorites.

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Boston vs. LA: Team-Themed Drinks for Your World Series Watch Party

Posted by Beau Farrell on Oct 23, 2018 9:53:21 AM

East Coast vs. West Coast. Fenway Frank vs. Dodger Dog. Chris Sale vs. Clayton Kershaw.

The battle for Major League Baseball's championship is set, with the Boston Red Sox taking on the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 114th World Series. And what better way to celebrate than with food and drinks? No matter who you're rooting for, here are some great baseball brews and fan food to make you feel like you're at the game.

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Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice: 5 Cocktails to Celebrate Autumn

Posted by Beau Farrell on Oct 18, 2018 4:33:48 PM

The remainders of summer have disappeared and we’re fully immersed in fall, including the ever-expanding universe of pumpkin spice drinks.

Will they continue to appear earlier and earlier every year? Will people get sick of them and all their pumpkin-y glory? Are we asking too many questions instead of simply reveling in more pumpkin spice drinks?

Donuts and lattes are having plenty of pumpkin spice drink fun, so why not share the love at your home bar and next party? Try these five cocktails—Fall cocktails never had it so good.

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Trick or Treat: Hauntingly Delicious Liquor-Infused Candy Recipes

Posted by Beau Farrell on Oct 11, 2018 2:18:17 PM

Seeing ghosts in your future? Hopefully — because fall is rounding the bend into everyone’s favorite offbeat holiday: Halloween.

Usually, the teenagers get all the attention with their haunted house-themed school dances and children dress up to go door-to-door gathering candy. Well, we think it's time the adults have some fun, too!

Whether you're passing out candy or hosting a costume party, here are some recipes for liquor-infused candy.

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5 Applesolutely Tasty Ciders to Try This Fall

Posted by Beau Farrell on Oct 4, 2018 10:20:37 AM

When the leaves begin to change hues from a bright green to a vast array of reds, yellows, and oranges, it can only mean one thing: it's apple-picking season in Minnesota. Our great state may be famous for the superb Honeycrisp, but there’s more to explore in the land of apple orchards and cool fall breezes. With apples comes cider. But not just any cider — hard apple cider. Here are several delicious ciders to try this fall.

Number 12 Cider House Sparkling Dry Cider

Let’s start off strong with this shimmering, dry cider by Buffalo, Minnesota’s Number 12 Cider House. The first of three ciders produced, this is English-style, tart, and sparkles like Champagne. Rumor has it Number 12 may open a tasting room in a hip neighborhood of Minneapolis soon, too. Grab this cider and become a true fan before the bandwagoners pile on.

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Healing Powers: 4 Alcohol Remedies for Colds

Posted by Beau Farrell on Sep 27, 2018 2:11:26 PM

You’ve probably tried tea, essential oils, medication, sleep, and chicken soup—but have you tried alcohol remedies for colds?

It may sound like the liquor lobby’s covert marketing pitch, but if you take a second to consider it, you might find more than you expect from the power of alcohol for not just cooking, mixing, and drinking, but also remedying a cold. As we transition into chilly weather and the coughs and sniffles that often accompany it, be prepared with knowledge—and alcohol—to combat sickness.

One obvious note before you seek sweet healing through spirits: consuming more than a small to moderate amount of alcohol while you’re sick will make things worse, so be smart about what you consume in your illness.

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Wine Packaging Gets Eco-Friendly and Innovative

Posted by Beau Farrell on Sep 20, 2018 10:18:33 AM

When it comes to wine packaging, the bottle is just the beginning. 

We are often asked about the different types and styles of packaging that are happening in the wine industry. There are so many different innovations happening with packaging that winemakers are constantly trying different options to see what sticks. (Hint: the canned wine fad is no longer just a fad.)

It could just be that winemakers think people are tired of looking at the old, classic, bottle of wine and would like to try something new, but it goes deeper than that. A lot of the changes that are happening with the packaging of wine has less to do with “looks” and more to do with functionality.

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Made in MN: Local Breweries to Visit This Fall

Posted by Beau Farrell on Sep 13, 2018 1:30:38 PM

As much as us Minnesotans like the warmth and sunshine of summer, there's nothing quite like the crisp and comfortable weather that comes with fall. Minnesota falls are for picking apples, carving pumpkins, viewing colorful foliage, sitting by the bonfire, and sipping on craft brews — all of which are plentiful in this northern state. But nothing may be more popular now than craft breweries.

Did you know that more Minnesota breweries opened in 2017 than ever before? It's true! A whopping 30 craft breweries opened in the state last year, as opposed to the 17 that opened in 2016 and 19 that opened in both 2015 and 2014. While most of them are located in the Twin Cities, many new breweries are sprouting up across the state. 

It can be a little overwhelming picking one of 130 breweries statewide, but we've put together a short list of 34 hot spots outside the metro to check out. So, grab a drinking buddy, or two, and hit the road! What are you waiting for?

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Burgundy Wine 101: Pinot Noir and Chardonnay

Posted by Beau Farrell on Sep 6, 2018 1:49:31 PM

How many guesses does it take to name the two grape types from the Burgundy wine region? Whether you’re a white wine fan, a red wine drinker — or hell, a beer drinker, cocktail enthusiast, coffee snob, or non-drinker — it won’t take long before you guess the correct answers: Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

OK, now that we have those in mind, and we understand Burgundy isn’t just a color, let’s explore what the Burgundy region is, why Burgundy wines are so respected, and learn a little about how Burgundian wines taste.

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