10 More Fun Facts About Wine

Posted by Beau Farrell on Jan 31, 2017 4:20:45 PM

We love wine and love writing, talking, drinking and sharing everything about it. Are you a wine whiz, or know one? Last year, we entertained you with five fun facts about wine. But this year we decided to dig deeper. Here are ten more fun facts to share with your friends. 

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Why Lamarca Prosecco is Great for Every Occasion

Posted by Beau Farrell on Jan 5, 2017 3:27:19 PM

The Italians are all about "La Dolce Vita," and when it comes to the wines they produce, we raise our glasses. One of the most popular sparkling wines from this country known for fine food and wine is Prosecco. And LaMarca Prosecco is one of our favorites.

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What are the Real Health Benefits of Wine? [VIDEO]

Posted by Beau Farrell on Dec 15, 2016 12:32:03 PM

You’ve probably heard the common phrase, “a glass a day keeps the doctor away,” in reference to the health benefits of drinking wine in moderation each day. And while that may sound a little far-fetched, there is some truth behind the tale. In this edition of Quick Pours, Haskell's Chairman and CEO Jack Farrell will give you a brief history lesson on how wine got its sterling reputation.

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Wine Spotlight: The Best Amarone for Any Budget

Posted by Beau Farrell on Nov 29, 2016 1:40:00 PM

Italy is known for many things: fashion, food, and wine. Oh, the wine. So much passion goes into products that come from this boot-shaped country, and Amarone della Valpolicella, simply referred to as Amarone, is one of those complex, passionate contributions.

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What in the World is a Sommelier and Why Your Party Needs One

Posted by Beau Farrell on Nov 22, 2016 10:47:31 AM

As the holidays slowly approach, so do many decisions we'll have to make. Where to celebrate? Who is hosting? What can we do differently? Here's a thought. Consider bringing world class beverage knowledge to your event by hiring a sommelier. At a restaurant or hotel, a sommelier (French in origin for wine steward) is a highly trained wine professional knowledgeable in all aspects of wine including food pairing. And now you can get that restaurant quality at home. Make your next holiday affair one to remember. In fact, you'll have to work less so you can enjoy your guests more.

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Impress The Family Wine Snob With These Thanksgiving Wine Pairings

Posted by Beau Farrell on Nov 15, 2016 12:53:51 PM

A traditional Thanksgiving dinner – turkey and stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, pumpkin pies and whipped cream. Many families know exactly what will be on the dinner plate every holiday. So why not break from tradition and consider changing up what's in your glass? This year, consider some of these impressive Thanksgiving wine pairings for your holiday feast.

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Minnesota's Best Beaujolais Nouveau 2016 Celebration Spots

Posted by Beau Farrell on Nov 8, 2016 10:12:46 AM

Just one week before our very American tradition of Thanksgiving, wine lovers around the world will be going into a frenzy waiting on the French tradition of Beaujolais Nouveau Day. It's a different kind of holiday, celebrating the young wine made from Gamay grapes just weeks after harvest. Under French law, the wine is released at 12:01 a.m. local time each year on the third Thursday in November. That makes November 17th the day for celebrations to begin, and all Haskell's locations will be celebrating as we unveil the release of the 2016 Beaujolais Nouveau. So, as we prepare to enjoy this annual event, here are some of Minnesota's best Beaujolais Nouveau 2016 celebration spots.

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Six Do's and Don'ts of Buying Wine On Sale — Save Money and Headaches

Posted by Beau Farrell on Sep 29, 2016 12:06:42 PM

It's that time of year when the end of summer brings on a number of fall sales — and wine is no exception. But not all wine sales are created equally. So, how do you sort the great deals from the clunkers when you're buying wine on sale? 

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Why, When, and How to Age Wine

Posted by Beau Farrell on Sep 22, 2016 3:00:00 PM

It might not be an age-old problem, but we do get plenty of questions about storing wine. Why, when, and how should one age wine? There are plenty of thoughts on this topic, but let's start at the top. To age a wine simply means you intend to store the bottle in a cool, dark place (like a cellar - hence, the term cellaring) for a number of years, with the goal of improving the quality of wine as it matures. Sounds simple enough, but it's not. Let's separate fact from fiction.

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Best Cheap Wine: Our Picks Under 30 Dollars

Posted by Beau Farrell on Aug 6, 2016 12:34:04 PM

Don’t let the title fool you. We know there are some terrific and even amazing wines that are affordable, approachable, and cost less than three Hamilton’s. But what about the great divide between your favorite truly inexpensive finds and those special once-a-year wines? That’s what we’re talking about – a list of the 10 best cheap wines for under $30 per bottle.

Of course, these are just the tip of the vineyard, so to speak. With so many wines from which to choose, we could make you a list a day and still have plenty to share. And we’ve included some bottles that fit under our $30 limit because they’re currently on sale – so grab them while the price is right.

2008 Pierre Usseglio Chateauneuf du Pape – Sale Price $29.99

This is a beautiful bottle of a fabulous Chateauneuf du Pape – silky and richly textured. 

Willamette Valley Pinot Noir – $29.99

From Oregon’s largest region, Willamette Valley is known for its Pinot Noir.

Pronunciation helper: Willamette rhymes with damn it – and this bottle has sweet, delicate aromas of raspberry, licorice, and violets, with a juicy entry and silky mouthfeel.

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