We admit it. Getting started with wine can be a bit intimidating for beginners. All those countries, all those varieties, and all those price points. So, how do you even start down the path of finding your favorite wines? Haskell's Chairman and CEO Jack Farrell has some easy tips for understanding wine for beginners in this edition of Quick Pours.
Touchdown-Worthy Tailgating Beer and Wine Tips
Tailgating season is in full swing and there are more options than ever for game day food and drink. Whether you’re the pre-tailgate chef, the back-of-the-van bartender or the parking lot grill master, we want to help you handle the Minnesota tailgate like a pro. Anyone who’s attended a football game in our great state knows the struggle of tailgating in cold weather, so here are some of our best kept tailgating secrets.
3 Reasons Why Pinot Grigio is a Go-To Wine
It’s not uncommon to hear serious wine drinkers using adjectives like insipid, plain and watery when talking about Pinot Grigio, yet it is one of the moment’s hottest wines. So why has Pinot Grigio become one of the best selling wines in the country? Let’s take a look behind this unassuming wine.
1. Doesn’t Offend Anybody
Although Pinot Grigio is a rather underwhelming, non-descript wine, it has developed a strong following in recent years due to its uniqueness and availability. Pinot Grigio is very neutral. I had a very good customer who loved to serve Pinot Grigio at all his dinner parties, because he said, “It doesn’t offend anybody!”
But rather than sticking with the common brands of Pinot Grigio, mix it up and try some wines from the northeastern region of Italy, in Vineto, Friuli, and particularly Alto Adige. You’ll find that they are exceptional because they have a lot of character while also maintaining the signature light and neutral qualities of your typical Pinot Grigio.
The popularity of rosé wine has recently skyrocketed around the world. Rosé wines are no longer the White Zinfandels everybody’s grandmother loves. Rose wines now run the table from ultra-sweet to bone dry. And most do not cost very much either. Rosé wines do seem to suffer from seasonal neglect, but people are now discovering just how enjoyable they can be year round, especially in the Midwest, where we can always use a bright winter pick-me-up.
Get to Know Rosé
Despite the common misconception that rosé wine is just a mix of red and white wine, it is actually made the same way as red wine. The key difference is that the grapes are crushed lightly, so the wine takes on the right coloring with a lighter taste. Since all grape juice runs clear, rosé wines can be made from any type of red grape. The coloring only comes from contact with the skin of the grapes. The longer the grapes are left on the skin, the deeper the color will be and the more it will take on the tannic characteristics found in red wine.
80 Years and Counting
Dear friends of Haskell’s,
We take this opportunity to thank you for your loyalty over these past 80 years. It has been an honor and privilege to serve the needs of this great community. Who would have imagined back in 1934 that Haskell’s would endure for so many decades, but our penchant for service and the wide variety of wine, spirits, and beers has served all the people of Minnesota and the Upper Midwest very well.