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Wine For Beginners: Discovering Wine Without the Intimidation

Posted by Beau Farrell on Apr 4, 2017 3:56:13 PM

When it comes to wine, it's all about versatility. It can be complex, simple, sophisticated or affordable – no matter your favorite blend. It's also been around since basically forever. Wines have been enjoyed by humankind for thousands of years (archaeologists found evidence in Georgia dated to circa 6000 BC), and now in the 21st century we can marvel at the thousands of wines available to sip and swirl on any given day. There are red, white, rose, sparkling and more than 10,000 types of wine grapes around the world. So, where does one even start? No worries. We have Jack Farrell and the entire Haskell's team of wine experts to help.

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Pop the Cork: Wine Reviews From The Experts at Haskell's

Posted by Beau Farrell on Mar 28, 2017 5:03:26 PM

It's easy to keep choosing the same bottle of wine simply because the choices can be overwhelming. There are literally thousands of wine options from which to choose – from red, to white, and even "in-between." Our wine experts work hard to make it easier for you when it comes to choosing a wine for the right occasion — and sometimes, that occasion is simply because it's spring in Minnesota.

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How Well Do You Know Wine Tasting Terms?

Posted by Beau Farrell on Feb 21, 2017 4:50:55 PM

Understanding wine tasting terms, as well as using them, will go far in your next wine tasting adventure. Having the right words or wine tasting vocabulary can help also boost your wine buying confidence. So, how well do you know wine terminology? There are literally hundreds of ways to describe wine. It doesn't have to remain a mystery. Don't know it? Let's decode it. We've made it easy for you by putting together a short list of 13 must-know wine terms you should know today.

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The Best Sweet Wines For Your Sweetheart This Valentine's Day

Posted by Beau Farrell on Feb 14, 2017 5:04:17 PM

Are you looking to add a little sweetness to your life? Perhaps to celebrate the sweetheart who makes your heart swoon? We've put together a list of some of the best sweet wines for your sweetheart this Valentine's Day, and you may be surprised to find that all of these spectacular offerings can be found at Haskell's.

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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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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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5 Wine Cocktails That Will Make Your Tastebuds Dance

Posted by Beau Farrell on Aug 18, 2016 9:28:15 AM

The dog days of summer can conjure images of lazy days sipping cocktails on the patio. Why imagine it when you can live it? Whether it’s your patio, porch, deck or spot by the lake, we’ve come up with a few ways to help keep you cool this summer with delicious wine cocktails. 

Whipping up a wine cocktail is a great way to use leftover wine – if that’s an issue – and a fun way to add a little pizzazz to your house red or white. An advantage of a wine-based cocktail is they tend to have lower alcohol content, which may be perfect for that Sunday brunch.

5 Sexy Wine Cocktail Recipes to Make your Tastebuds Dance

The Calimocho or (Kalimotxo)

Enjoy this popular and refreshing Spanish wine cocktail. Calimocho originated in the Basque region of Spain but has spread throughout the entire country. It is traditionally made with Coca-Cola, but you can use any cola.


  • One part red wine
  • One part cola 

Shake wine and cola in a covered container. Let rest for a few minutes before serving in glasses over ice.


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Join Us at Haskell's: Minnesota Wine Tasting

Posted by Beau Farrell on Sep 19, 2015 9:28:00 AM

Get your calendar out because you’ll want a reminder of all the upcoming events happening at all our Haskell’s locations throughout the Twin Cities area. Fall is a wonderful time for Minnesota wine tasting, and we have a number of wine, beer and bourbon tastings coming up – as well as our 1st Annual Fall Boat Cruise on the beautiful St. Croix River. See the fall colors and experience Italian Wine with us. Call our Stillwater store 651-439-3399 to make reservations for this exciting adventure.

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Wine Tastings: Sauvignon Blanc

Posted by Beau Farrell on Apr 20, 2015 9:51:40 AM

Spring Dishes for a Wonderful White Wine

Spring. Crisp, fresh air. New beginnings. Youth. Those are also terms of endearment that some use to describe
Sauvignon Blanc
– a wine that likely takes its names from the French words sauvage (wild) and blanc (white). While the grape originates from the Bordeaux region of France, this green-skinned grape is now successfully grown around the world — Loire Valley (France), Graves (Bordeaux, France), New Zealand, California, and Chile, for instance. And, because of the many areas it is grown, the ripeness of the grape when picked, and how the wine is produced, you’ll find a range of flavors.

How Dry?

Sauvignon Blanc —also known as Fumé Blanc — is most often made completely dry, though some producers, especially in California and New Zealand, may leave some residual sugars to create a richer texture.

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