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4th of July Drinks That Are More Exciting Than Fireworks

Posted by Beau Farrell on Jun 27, 2019 12:53:01 PM

Summer in Minnesota is pure magic. If you haven’t already been hanging at the lake, taking weekend trips up to the cabin, or throwing grill-out parties in the backyard, you will be for Independence Day – and so much more.

Whether your 4th of July plans involve a summer barbecue, lazy pool lounging, yard games or just simply hanging out with family and friends, these 4th of July cocktails are sure to spark your perfect blend of American pride and joy.

Patriotic Mojito Cocktail

You’ve celebrated Independence Day many times, but you’ve never enjoyed it with this kind of 4th of July cocktail. Give the Patriotic Mojito a spin and you might have found yourself a new annual tradition that combines the sweet joy of summer and the tasty excitement of the holiday.

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Syrah vs. Shiraz: What's the Difference?

Posted by Beau Farrell on Jun 20, 2019 3:19:00 PM

It may sound like the name of your spunky aunt, but it’s actually delicious wine (or two). Syrah and Shiraz are full of flavor and best enjoyed when you get to know them a little bit.

You may have heard of Syrah and Shiraz, but what exactly are they, and how are they different?

An Introduction to the Syrah/Shiraz Grape

Just like other grape varietals, such as Pinot Grigio and Pinot Gris, Syrah and Shiraz are the same grape but have slightly different names because they make for different wines. (Remember terroir?)

Syrah is the name of the grapes and corresponding wines coming from France, so this is an Old World wine. Sometimes Syrah is produced in places besides France. However, in Australia – and a few other places considered by the wine community to be New World, like South Africa, Argentina, and the United States – it’s called Shiraz.

The Syrah/Shiraz grape carries flavors of jammy fruits like blackberry, black cherry, blueberry, and boysenberry.

(Ever heard of Petite Sirah? That’s an entirely different grape and different wines.)

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Best Minnesota Beers According to Our Customers

Posted by Beau Farrell on Jun 13, 2019 10:00:40 AM

Whether during the dead of our harsh winter or on one of our sunny summer days, Minnesotans look forward to enjoying themselves with the best Minnesota beers.

And that’s pretty easy to do. At recent count, there were more than 150 craft breweries in Minnesota alone! The nationwide Brewers Association has rated Minnesota brewers (like Surly and Summit) among the best craft brewers in the United States. Beer made in Minnesota is on tap in hundreds of bars and restaurants, and it’s distributed around the Midwest and the country – some even around the world. This is clear: not only does our state make a lot of beer in a lot of places, but we also have some pretty damn good brews that other states would be jealous of.

So with all those massive numbers of options, how do discerning Midwesterners pick the best Minnesota beers? We polled our favorite people – you – and collected some of our favorite responses and best recommendations.

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6 Refreshing Wine Recipes with Fruit

Posted by Beau Farrell on Jun 6, 2019 11:01:00 AM

Wine is made from grapes, right? So, it makes sense that wine works with other fruit as well.  Add fruit and wine and you have summer in a glass – or pitcher – and we have one word for it: refreshing. We’ve found five refreshing wine recipes with fruit that take advantage of inexpensive wine, or perhaps wine that you’re not necessarily fond of but seem to have extra bottles of on hand – perhaps thanks to recent guests who brought their favorite “cheap wine find.” We say every wine has a purpose, so why not use that wine to make a killer wine cocktail?

Let’s start with a few sangria recipes.

Sangria is a popular Spanish drink, typically made with red wine, fruit juice, and fresh fruit – and spiked with brandy – though there are recipes for both red and/or white wine. While Spaniards enjoyed this fruit-infused concoction for centuries, it was formally introduced to America at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York City.

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Pinot Grigio vs Pinot Gris: What's The Difference?

Posted by Beau Farrell on May 30, 2019 1:40:00 PM

You’re standing in the wine section surrounded by bottles from around the world, but you can’t remember if your friend said she likes Pinot Grigio or Pinot Gris. The names are almost the same, but how about the wines? If you buy the wrong one, will she know the difference?

This pair of Pinots is a great example for anybody who wants to complain about wine names sounding confusing. Some are, but understanding their differences is what makes studying wine so fun. Where else do you get to tip back a glass to learn something? So, let's discuss the differences and similarities of Pinot Grigio and Pinot Gris, as well as some delicious food pairings that will help you get the most enjoyment out of these popular white wines.

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Your Guide to the Best Cabin Happy Hour

Posted by Beau Farrell on May 24, 2019 4:25:55 PM

The time we all dream of is here: summertime “up at the cabin.”

That’s right – the upper Midwestern exodus to lakeside weekends, family reunions, and fun in the sun has finally arrived. That means you need to get your plan down, not just for who’s grilling burgers or competing in this year’s volleyball tournament, but what you’ll drink for cabin happy hour.

Pack your swimsuit, sunscreen, sunglasses, and a sunny disposition, because that’s just about all you’ll need in addition to a tasty cabin happy hour full of crisp wines, refreshing beers, and cocktail recipes for just the right summer getaway feeling.

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Beer Dabbler and More: The Minnesotan’s 2019 Guide to Wine and Craft Beer Events

Posted by Beau Farrell on May 17, 2019 1:51:06 PM

It’s no longer news to say that Minnesota has risen to the ranks of serious wine and craft beer contenders. The people who work in the tasty beverages industry serve up so many great drinks with expansive knowledge that it can feel overwhelming to choose where to go and what drink to try.

Take the guesswork out of your beverage adventures by going to events that feature variety and offer some of the best things to fill your glass.

What’s happening around the Twin Cities while the weather is oh-so Minnesota nice? Mark your calendars with your favorites from these fine options for events big and small this summer and fall.

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Bouquet of Rosé and Other Mother's Day Gift Baskets

Posted by Beau Farrell on May 9, 2019 9:32:31 AM

Moms are truly the best. Often times, they care for their family without ever expecting anything in return. And they love doing it! They're nurturing, kind, and oh-so-humble. So, this Mother's Day, do something a little extra to show your mom how much she means to you.

And we may have the perfect gift idea, a bouquet of rosé (and more). Your mom is sure to be impressed with these delectable gift baskets.

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Cinco de Mayo Margaritas and Everything You Need for a Fiesta

Posted by Beau Farrell on May 3, 2019 12:28:50 PM

Food and drink are central to all the big holidays — including one of our favorites, Cinco de Mayo.

The instant someone mentions the holiday, you can't help but think of Cinco de Mayo margaritas, beergaritas, tequila, cocktails, tacos, salsa, and guacamole galore. Whether you're hosting a big fiesta with all your amigos or celebrating solo at home, here is your guide to Cinco de Mayo food and drinks.

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Off to the Races! The Perfect Mint Julep Recipe and Food Pairings

Posted by Beau Farrell on Apr 23, 2019 10:26:00 AM

What comes in sets of four hooves, goes in circles, wears big hats, and has its own special drink? (No, this is not a joke about your awkward relatives.) It’s one of the most prestigious sporting events in the country: the Kentucky Derby!

Since 1875, the Kentucky Derby has fascinated horse racing enthusiasts. Affectionately called the “Run for the Roses” and “The Most Exciting Two Minutes In Sports,” the Kentucky Derby is held on the first Saturday in May and is celebrated at “Derby Parties” from coast to coast. Tradition is key here, and one of the most celebrated traditions is the official drink of the Derby: the mighty Mint Julep.

In fact, almost 120,000 Mint Juleps are served over the two-day period of Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby weekend at Churchill Downs Racetrack in Louisville, Kentucky. That’s a lot of mint and bourbon.

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