"Rosé all day" is more than the mantra of rosé lovers everywhere. It means there's never a wrong time for rosé: It's a delicious type of wine that's as much at home next to your hammock on a breezy summer day as it is at celebrations and special occasions.
Though stay-at-home restrictions are slowly lifting, you've probably already gotten used to buying alcohol online during the COVID-19 quarantine. We've certainly seen an uptick in online orders here at Haskell's, partly because we quickly pivoted to offer curbside pickup and delivery specials in the Twin Cities.
COVID-19, social distancing, and quarantine may have set your social calendar back – but why not use the downtime to build your wine knowledge? Wine is, by its nature, a beverage that's enjoyed in the company of the others. If you spend the time to learn about wine, you'll find it will enrich your social experiences later on – and you don't even need to be a sommelier.
What do you know about tequila? Maybe it's the smooth, not-sweet-but-not-harsh flavor. Maybe you remember the thing with the worm (which is false, actually – that's only in mezcal, not true tequila). To get in the Cinco de Mayo mood, we're sharing the history of tequila, all the way back to its roots – or should we say "heart"? – in Mesoamerica and the Spaniards who all but conquered it.
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.
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.