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Wine Gifts that Look and Taste Expensive but Won't Break the Bank

Posted by Beau Farrell on Dec 7, 2017 6:18:58 PM

Holiday gift giving is easy when wine lovers are on your list. From wine accessories, to the wine itself, there's a lot on the market for wineos this holiday season. At Haskell's, we have a lot of gift options—stocking stuffers, holiday baskets, and special bottles that will delight just about any taste preference. And, the best news is these gifts won't leave you with a dent in your debit card.

We have a big selection, but will try not to overwhelm you. Since good things come in pairs, we decided to share a couple of items from each gift "category." So here they are—just in time for our annual Haskell's Holiday Sale.

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Hospices de Beaune: The Story Behind the World Famous Wine Auction

Posted by Beau Farrell on Nov 9, 2017 4:57:50 PM

November is a time to give thanks. For wine lovers, it's a time to give thanks for the legendary Hospices de Beaune wine auction that has been taking place in Burgundy, France since 1859. Even Haskell's very own Jack Farrell has been attending this world-renowned annual event for 45 years! 

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Sophisticated Sommelier: The Basics of Wine Tasting Etiquette

Posted by Beau Farrell on Sep 21, 2017 4:12:43 PM

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.

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New to White Wine? Here's a Crash Course on Finding Your Favorite.

Posted by Beau Farrell on Sep 7, 2017 3:19:02 PM

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.

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Haskell's to Judge Amateur Winemaking Contest at the MN State Fair

Posted by Beau Farrell on Aug 17, 2017 5:45:58 PM

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.

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What's the Best Rose Wine for Summer? Here are Our 7 Top Favorites.

Posted by Beau Farrell on Aug 10, 2017 5:22:44 PM

A rosé by another name would still be delicious, and still be the perfect summer sipping wine. Americans are drinking more rosé wines than ever, but the French continue to eclipse us, as they should. Rosé wine has become so popular, Fortune magazine says the sales are up more than 57 percent in the last year. We can't tell you why but we can tell you about some great wines to buy and try for yourself.

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Vineyard Spotlight: Santa Margherita

Posted by Beau Farrell on Jul 6, 2017 2:38:57 PM

Santa Margherita represents the best of tradition, innovation, a passion for authentic and enjoyable wines, and respect for the people and the lands that produce them. 

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Minnesota Wineries: Local Wines With Worldly Taste

Posted by Beau Farrell on Jun 6, 2017 5:20:45 PM

Cold-hardy. That describes so much of Minnesota, and the types of grapes that grow well here. What kind of grapes? Chambourcin, Chardonnay, Concord, Delaware, Edelweiss, Frontenac, Frontenac Gris, Geisenheim, Gewürztraminer, La Crescent, La Crosse, Leon Millot, Malbec, Marechal Foch, Marquette, Riesling, Sabrevois, Seyval Blanc, St. Croix, St. Pepin, Syrah, Vidal Blanc, Vignoles, and Zinfandel. It's safe to say that Frontenac is a frontrunner. So, what to drink and where to find it?

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Spanish Wine: Experience Spain Without a Passport

Posted by Beau Farrell on May 23, 2017 5:18:46 PM

You don't need to be fluent in Spanish, or have a passport to Spain to enjoy all the wonderful wines available from this magnificent country. Spain has been producing wine for thousands of years. In fact, it's only behind Italy and France in production of wine. You won't need your passport to enjoy the best of Spain's vast amount of wine offerings. Before we offer some great recommendations, here are a few things to keep in mind.

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Vineyard Spotlight: Louis M. Martini Winery

Posted by Beau Farrell on May 11, 2017 5:39:51 PM

Louis M. Martini emigrated to the United States in 1899 at the age of 13 from Genoa, Italy. Louis made his first wine at home in 1906 alongside his father, who wisely sent him back to Italy to hone his craft and study winemaking at the University in Alba, Piedmont. He moved back to California and in 1922, started the Louis M. Martini Grape Products Company. The company offered medicinal and sacramental wines as well as wine bricks. Wine bricks were batches of concentrated grape juice which could legally be used in home winemaking during prohibition. Did you know that each household could legally produce and consume up to 200 gallons per year?

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