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Holiday food and wine pairings

Monday, December 9, 2013

When selecting wine to serve with the medley of flavors at a holiday dinner, the key is to balance tastes and intensity of flavors, and match the wine not necessarily just to the meat or main dish, but also to the way it’s prepared, as the seasonings used or cooking method can affect a pairing selection.

The Artist is in the Blend

Jason Newell, Byerly’s Chanhassen wines and spirits manager
Monday, October 21, 2013

Throughout my career in the wine and spirits industry, I’ve met many winemakers, but the common thread between them is they seem to be both scientist and artist combined in the same mind.

The science of making wine is complex. Growing a grapevine in the perfect type of soil that will produce a particular varietal of grape with a specific flavor profile is the work of an analytical genius. With the grapes fermented and aged to perfection, the artist in the winemaker takes over. They blend wines from different types of grapes that have been aged in a variety of ways. Each grape produces a wine with different qualities of sweet, dry, light and heavy bodies, with a wide spectrum of colors. The winemaker then utilizes all their experiences from previous vintages and blends different wines to create their masterpiece.

Wine pairing tips for summer guests

Jason Newell, Byerly’s Chanhassen wines and spirits manager
Friday, July 19, 2013

Summer is full of hot weather, vacations, crazy schedules and, of course, hosting out-of-town visitors. Hosting guests in your home can seem daunting, but it can also be a chance to show off your creative side and really show them a good time!


This year, my family is privileged to have a goddess staying with us. OK, not an actual goddess, but she’s the Sauce Goddess! Jen Reynolds is flying in from San Diego for the annual Lunds and Byerly’s BBQ Sauce Samplin’ competition.

Her challenge: grill meats slathered with her fabulous sauce flavors for 1,500 people. My challenge: pick five days of drinks that will please a goddess and match her fantastic array of BBQ sauces.

Aroma Therapy Cocktail

Jason Newell, Byerly’s Chanhassen wines and spirits manager
Thursday, December 20, 2012

It’s my favorite time of year. The world becomes a feast for the senses: neighborhoods sparkling with thousands of twinkly lights, holiday music (however corny) , the soft fuzzy feel of jackets and sweaters, sweet and rich flavors of holiday foods and of course, the comforting smells of the season.


Join me at the Vintner Ball – February 25 at 7pm, Westin Edina Galleria

Rob Zeaske, CEO, Second Harvest Heartland
Friday, February 17, 2012

Throughout the year, Second Harvest Heartland relies on the generosity and commitment of many groups and individuals to help transform the hunger-relief system and provide more food for our neighbors in need. The Vintner Ball is an example of how people in our community come together to meaningfully improve the lives of those that rely on us for help.

The Vintner Ball is a world-class, charitable wine tasting event, accompanied by gourmet hors d’oeuvres, desserts and wine seminars. Wines are carefully selected by Bill Belkin, Lunds and Byerly’s wine manager, and each year approximately 125 different world class wines are available for tasting. All funds raised during this decadent evening go to a great cause—helping people get the food they need.

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