Holiday Cocktails  

'Tis the season.  Whether you are a fan of October, November, or December we’ve got a cocktail for you.  Taylor Shaver from Firelake Grill House & Cocktail Bar at Radisson Blu Mall of America created a cocktail for each month.

Fresh Hops Beer  

For many, going to the bar and ordering a Budweiser or a Miller are gone.  More and more beer lovers are ordering craft beers these days.  Mpls.St.Paul Magazine’s Food & Dining Editor Stephanie March explains how the hops in beer effects the taste.

Fall Sangrias  

Normally, when you think of sangrias, you probably think of sipping on them in the summertime.  Laurie Crowell, owner of Golden Fig says they aren’t just for summer!  Laurie got inspired by the delicious flavors of fall and put them in a wine glass!

Rare Wines  

The hit show, Scandal, returns for its fifth season on ABC Premiere Week!  The main character , Olivia Pope (played by Kerry Washington), knows a lot about wine – especially rare wines.  Ted Farrell from Haskell’s catches up on Scandal and gives Steve a lesson in rare but affordable red wines.

Beer Cocktails  

Watching the game on TV at home might require only one thing.  A beer.  We decided to make things a bit more classy by kicking it up a notch.  Head bartender at Coup d’etat, Ralena Young, shows us some beer cocktail recipes. 

Fall Wines  

The days of sipping Sangria and Sauvignon Blancs out on the patio are making way for heartier wines good for slow cooker meals and watching TV from the couch.  Ted Farrell from Haskell’s shares his wine picks to help you transition into fall.

LaCroix Cocktails  

The popular sparkling water beverage is delicious all on its own.  Creator of Making it with Stephany, Stephany Wieland, says the only thing its missing is the spirits.  She shows us how to use LaCroix Sparkling Water as a base for your cocktails. 

Wine Tasting   Back To Top

Our wine guy, Ted Farrell, from Haskell’s Wine spent the morning judging over 80 wines in the Amateur Wine Producer Contest in the Agriculture-Horticulture Building.  Whether you are judging wine or just enjoying a glass, Ted says there are five steps to tasting wine like a pro. 

Wine Chat with Haskell's Ted Farrell   Back To Top

Our regular wine guy Ted Farrell from Haskell's has been on the show for years. Elizabeth and Steve decided to switch things up and have a wine chat with Ted to get answers for some commonly asked questions.

Fine Spirits Classic   Back To Top

The best of the best bartenders will show off their skills in Minnesota Monthly’s 4th Annual Fine Spirits Classic. You get to sit back and watch the show but you also get to taste spirits from around the world and enjoy some good food. 

Beer Lovers Guide to Wine   Back To Top

Ted Farrell from Haskell’s is here with the “Beer Lovers Guide to Wine.”  Tell him what beer you love and he’ll tell you what wine you should be trying! 

Best Summer Ever Awards: Best Brewery   Back To Top

The craft beer scene has blown up in the Twin Cities over the last few years.  There were a lot of local breweries hoping to get the title.  TCL’ers, staff members, and local foodies voted for their favorite brewery.

Sauvignon Blancs   Back To Top

The US Women’s soccer team added another World Cup star to their jerseys.  We’re having our own friendly world competition with wine!  Sauvignon Blanc is a classic summer wine.  Ted Farrell from Haskell’s Wine brings his favorite Sauvignon Blanc from the USA, New Zealand, and other countries. 

Zero Proof Mix-Off   Back To Top

Over 41 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more this 4th of July weekend, according to AAA.  We want to help you stay safe behind the wheel with some zero-proof cocktails that are so tasty, you’ll forget there is no alcohol!

Summer Cocktails   Back To Top

You can enjoy your best summer ever right on your own deck with a delicious cocktail.  Stephany Wieland, creator of Making it With Stephany, shares some easy to make recipes.

Good Company: Whistler Soda   Back To Top

It was the inspiration of one man to bring back 1950's style pop. Emily meets up with the owner of Whistler Soda

Picnic Wines with Haskell's   Back To Top

It's the perfect time to pack a picnic and enjoy the warmth of summer! We challenged our Wine Guy, Haskell's Ted Farrell, to pair classic picnic foods with wines. All of his picks are under $10! 

A Twist on Gin & Tonic Slushies   Back To Top

Amy Thielen from the Food Network show, Heartland Table, shows how to make gin and tonic slushies with ingredients from a backyard garden. 

Wine Cocktails   Back To Top

Our wine guy, Ted Farrell from Haskells, has three recipes for wine cocktails to get you on your way to having your best summer ever!   

Good Company: Coffee Queen   Back To Top

Treating yourself to coffee shop coffee is a pleasure that many people start their day with.  Juanita Slagerman, from Stacy, realized she was spending an awful lot of money on coffee everyday.  Instead of stopping, she started making her own and turned it into a business.  Now she is known as the Coffee Queen.

Juice at Home   Back To Top

TCL guest and author of "Juice It!", Robin Asbell, says that juices can help cure a hangover, cure a cold, and give you more energy.

Patio Wines   Back To Top

Hopefully, you will find yourself out on your patio this Memorial Day Weekend.  Ted Farrell from Haskell’s has four summer wine picks that you can enjoy on the patio for the best summer ever! 

Burgandy Wines from France   Back To Top

Ted Farrell from Haskell’s continues to travel the world to ensure he has the best wines available.  Recently he returned from a 5-day excursion to the Burgandy region of France.  He brought with him some of his favorites.

Sonoma Wines   Back To Top

Ted Farrell from Haskells just returned from a trip to Sonoma County in California.  He shares his wine picks from the county. 

Seeing Double at Haskell's   Back To Top

Wine guy, Ted Farrell from Haskell’s, says you’ll be seeing double when you check out their stores.  Don’t worry, it’s not your eyes.  He has some fantastic “buy one- get one” deals on wine as a part of Haskell’s Spring Sale. 

Masculine Wines   Back To Top

Wine isn’t just for the ladies.  Believe it or not, there are wines out there that are known as “masculine”. Ted Farrell, owner of Haskell’s Wine, introduces us to a few.

St. Patrick’s Day Drinks   Back To Top

Bailey’s Irish Crème was launched in Ireland in the 70’s and is now the most popular liqueur in the world.  Creator of Making it with Stephany, Stephany Wieland shows us how to make your own Irish crème and other St. Patrick’s Day drinks at home.

Red Wine Blends   Back To Top

When you see the name of one specific grape (like Merlot or Pinot Noir, for example) it means that at least 75% of the wine comes from that type of wine grape.  Combining those varietals to make wine blends is a trend you are seeing more of.  Haskell’s wine guy, Ted Farrell, shows us some of his favorites. 

Winter Smoothies   Back To Top

It’s important to start out your day with a healthy breakfast, but sometimes your schedule just doesn’t allow you to take the time to sit down to eat.  Smoothies can be filling and fast.  Laurie Crowell from Golden Fig shares a few recipes – with some ingredients that may surprise you.

Floral Wines   Back To Top

Throughout the Minneapolis Home + Garden Show, master gardeners, DIY Experts, chefs, and other pros will share their secrets and skills.  This includes our Wine Guy, Ted Farrell from Haskells.  He shares with us wines that relate perfectly with the flowers filling the convention center.

Wine and Candy Pairings   Back To Top

In honor of Valentine's Day, TCL's Wine Guy, Haskell's Ted Farrell, stopped by to pair wines with chocolates and other sweets.

Cocktails for Valentine’s Day   Back To Top

Stephany Wieland, creator of Making it with Stephany, has some creative cocktails for your sweety on Valentine’s Day.

Wine for the Big Game   Back To Top

A lot of folks will be watching the big game on Sunday.  There will be plenty of beer and football appetizers.  If you are a wine lover, Ted Farrell from Haskell’s has you covered. 

Hot Tea Back To Top

If you are looking to warm up, a nice cup of hot tea will do the trick.  Owner of Verdant Tea in Minneapolis, David Duckler, shows us how easy it is to make looseleaf tea.

Red Red Wine   Back To Top

Ted Farrell from Haskell’s is taking us to warmer climates on this cold, frigid day.  He shares wines from the southern hemisphere.  

Hot Drinks   Back To Top

Laurie Crowell, owner of Golden Fig Fine Foods in Saint Paul, stopped by with hot drink recipes, including ones for Hot Buttered Lemonade and Homemade Chai Tea.

Fire Cider   Back To Top

Fire Cider is a folk drink that has been around for over 100 years. Today it's known as a "modern day plague tonic." It can take up to 30 days to make but one of our TCL Regulars says if you have a juicer, it can take just minutes. Cooking for Dads host Rob Barrett stops by with a recipe for Fire Cider.

Champagne Cocktails   Back To Top

We invited the creator of Making It With Stephany, Stephany Wieland, to stop by with creative champagne cocktails for your New Year's Eve party.

Cooking with Wine   Back To Top

Our wine guy, Ted Farrell from Haskell’s, unquestionably knows his wine.  But, he knows his way around the kitchen too.  He cooks up Rib Eye Steaks in Red Wine Sauce.  Plus he suggests some wines perfect to pair with whatever you are having for dinner. 

Zero-Proof Mix-Off   Back To Top

The holidays are all about good cheer – but that doesn’t mean the beverages have to contain alcohol!  We’ve enlisted the help of three bartenders and challenged them to come up with their best Zero-proof cocktails that you won’t even miss the alcohol in.

Wine & Cheese Pairings   Back To Top

Over the holidays, one of the most popular appetizers served is probably a cheese tray.  Our wine guy, Ted Farrell from Haskells, is here to fill us in on which wine should be paired with those cheeses. 

Wines for Thanksgiving   Back To Top

You have your turkey and the pumpkin pie all ready for Thanksgiving, but there might be one thing your not sure about.  Do you have the right wine to serve?  Ted Farrell from Haskells is here with wines that go with some classic Thanksgiving foods.

Coffee Cardamom Old Manhattan   Back To Top

Joy Summers, (Joy On the Rocks.com) recipe is inspired by the cardamom bread her mom makes for the holidays. She usually eat two loaves all by myself. The interior is squishy and studded spice granules and the braided loaves are finished with a sticky coffee glaze that is unique to my family.

Tour of Italy   Back To Top

Ted Farrell from Haskells takes us on a “Tour of Itally with four wines from different regions of Italia.  

Wine Deals   Back To Top

Whether your go to wine is a chardonnay or a good house wine, you’ll want to head to Haskell’s Fall Wine Sale where you can get buy one and get one free.  Ted Farrell has his picks to check out. 

Cider Cocktails   Back To Top

Just as craft beer production has grown, so has the production of cider.  Just like beer cocktails, Twin Cities restaurants are creating cider cocktails too.  Jim Watkins, co-founder of Sociable Cider Werks, shows us a few of those cider cocktails.

Shrub Cocktails   Back To Top

When you hear the word shrub, you probably think of the plant.  In the cocktail world, a shrub is a sweet vinegar concoction.  Creator of Joy on the Rock.com and editor of Eater Minneapolis, Joy Summers, shows us some pretty tasty shrub cocktails.