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.
It’s no secret that Minnesota has grown to produce lots of craft beer — and we’re getting attention around the nation because of it. But let’s not leave out a growing scene that has roots all around our fine state: Minnesota wineries.
You may think that the north Midwestern climate is too cold and often too humid to grow grapes like the world-renowned vines in dry, arid climates like Italy, France, California, and Argentina. Though our colder climate is harsh for many grape varieties, thanks to the research and perseverance of the University of Minnesota, we are ripe for a few cold-hardy hybrid grape varieties. That includes one of the state’s most important grapes: Frontenac.
But are they any good? We say the best way to find out is to drink Minnesota-grown wines for yourself and see what you enjoy. There are a surprising number of wineries across our state to choose from. Work your way through Haskell’s custom-made ultimate list of Minnesota wineries, and you’ll find many unexpected varieties based in scenic locations around our beautiful state.
You like wine — trying different wines, serving different wines, telling your friends about wines — but now you want to try something for yourself: hosting a wine tasting party.
If this describes you, chances are you've attended a wine tasting event at a liquor store or winery, where a sommelier educated you on several types of wines and told you what scents and tastes to expect from each. Not only are wine tastings fun and easy ways to try a variety of wines you may not have sampled before, but they are also good opportunities to learn about wine, how to describe wine, and how to find new wines you may enjoy.
But how exactly does one host a wine tasting party? We'll share the basic tips you need to know to plan your very own wine tasting at home.
“Can you grab us some wine glasses?” your friend asks as she opens a bottle in the other room. Then, you open the cabinet and realize you had no idea how many types of wine glasses there are.
There are actually six main types of wine glasses to suit different kinds of wine and some of those have three or four subtypes!
No, it’s not overkill or just for looks. Depending on what you’re drinking, you want different shapes of wine glasses to highlight the features of each different type of wine. Let’s take a look at the main types of wine glasses and why they matter for your drinking experience.
Wine glasses come in all different shapes and sizes designed to bring out the best characteristics and flavors of a particular type of wine. From champagne flutes to all-purpose wine glasses, the options are endless. But chances are you may not have the space in your home to accommodate all of the options available. So which are the best glasses to have at home?
Autumn means many things, and the season is ripe for trips to wine tastings and wineries. Whether you are a novice or a natural in the tasting rooms, there are always questions that we're asked about —what to expect, what to do, and especially, what not to do at a wine tasting.
We've put together an easy cheat sheet of basic wine tasting etiquette to make your next visit an experience you'll remember.
Picking the right white doesn't need to be a fright. Looking at the miles of choices can feel overwhelming and we don't blame you for feeling bleary eyed as you try to discern a Pinot Gris from a Chenin Blanc. But don't let that stop you from experimenting and enjoying white wine.
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.