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Brad Haskel
Brad Haskel brings over twenty years experience working in the wine industry to his consulting company, Brad Haskel Consulting, Inc. This, combined with his knowledge of food, enables him to craft wine programs for restaurants that produce results. Through meticulous selection, astute purchasing, and indispensable staff training he helps restaurateurs make money and save money while managing to upgrade the food and wine experience of their customers.

During his career, Brad has held positions as:

-Vice-President/National Sales Manager/ The Golan Heights Winery
-East Coast Sales Manager /Parducci Wine Estates
-East Coast Sales Manager/Cosentino Wine Estates
-Purchasing Agent/ Locke-Ober’s Café
-Steward/ Windows on the World

He is currently overseeing the Wine Programs for:
London Lennies
Madison & Vine Wine Bar
The Loeb Boathouse (Central Park)
Gallaghers NY Steakhouse
Lola of Great Neck
Metropolitan Bistro
He holds the following degrees & certifications:

-BFA Emerson College/ Creative Writing
-Professional Culinary Graduate/NY Restaurant School
-Sommelier Certification/ Sommelier Society of America
- WSET“Advanced Certification”

He has been an Adjunct Professor at NYIT teaching Advanced Wine Classes.

For more information about his business please see his web site:
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Entries by Brad Haskel

Stratus Vineyards: A Canadian Gem From Niagara on the Lake

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2014 | 10:24 AM


Sometimes you just have to follow your gut. I was invited to a tasting in the mid-winter in Manhattan to taste Canadian wine -- not exactly my idea of a fun day to risk the freezing commute for a lunch, tasting, and return trip....

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Christian Moueix: Representing Himself and Bordeaux with Honesty, Integrity, and Intelligence

(0) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 6:09 PM

Christian Moueix's biography reads like no one else in the wine trade, and has led to, amongst other accolades, his selection as Decanter magazine's Man of the Year in 2008. He has involved himself in enology, viticulture, and the sales and promotion of eight chateaux on the Right Bank of...

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Brian Zalaznick, Angel Camp Vineyards, and an Indomitable Spirit

(1) Comments | Posted May 9, 2014 | 2:56 PM

Life has many strange twists and turns. I grew up in the same town as the Zalaznick family. Dana was a beauty, and very bright, a year older than me. Ed was one of the most gifted people I knew, and he was a year behind me in school. Brian...

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Matt Taylor, Reuling Vineyard, and His Wines That Carry Weight Without Heaviness

(1) Comments | Posted March 3, 2014 | 9:01 PM

If you want a name to remember when it comes to great Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, remember Matt Taylor. He is working with Jackie and Tim Reuling at their 16-acre converted apple orchard that has become one of the prize vineyards of Sonoma County. He is bright, thoughtful, passionate, and...

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Peter Wasserman Speaks About the Elevating of Nuits St. Georges

(4) Comments | Posted September 20, 2013 | 1:11 PM

A couple of weeks ago I spoke with Peter Wasserman, the National Sales Manager for Le Serbet/Becky Wasserman Selections. Peter, the son of Becky Wasserman, one of the most revered importers of Burgundy wines to the United States, very quietly and assuredly told me where he feels there has been...

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Chris Howell & Cain Vineyard: Making Wines That Matter Part II

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2013 | 3:39 PM

Chris Howell, the talented General Manager and Winemaker of Cain Vineyard in Spring Mountain, shares his views on wine, grape growing, winemaking, Napa Valley, Spring Valley and more... in a two part interview.

Here is the second part.

What kind of reaction have you received on your...

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Chris Howell & Cain Vineyard: Making Wines That Matter

(1) Comments | Posted July 16, 2013 | 3:38 PM

Chris Howell, the talented General Manager and Winemaker of Cain Vineyard in Spring Mountain, shares his views on wine, grape growing, winemaking, Napa Valley, Spring Mountain and a two part interview. Here is Part I.

What are the most profound changes you have found in the wine...

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Priorat -- Majestic, Spiritual and Aiming Closer to Their Great Potential

(2) Comments | Posted June 12, 2013 | 1:33 PM

Priorat, located within Catalonia, has all of the elements to be one of Spain's most celebrated wine regions. The other regions that qualify would probably be Rioja, Ribero del Duero, Penedes, Jerez and the surrounding Andalucian towns, and the up and coming sub-regions of Galicia. Although the press has already...

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Making the Case for Rioja

(1) Comments | Posted May 10, 2013 | 6:00 PM

La Rioja, as a wine region, has it all. There are three distinctive sub-regions: the Alavesa, Rioja Alta, and Rioja Baja. The primary city most central to all three sub-regions is Logrono, where the Ebro River runs through. Actually, the Ebro River weaves its way all the way through La...

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Benoit Gouez: An Insider's View of Moet & Chandon

(2) Comments | Posted April 4, 2013 | 5:47 PM

Recently, I had the opportunity to meet with Benoit Gouez, the charismatic Chef de Cave of Moet & Chandon. Benoit was traveling through the U.S. to speak with Sommeliers and wine buyers -- Champagne lovers throughout the country.

Moet & Chandon has always been a leader...

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Locke-Ober's Cafe: Boston's Lost Treasure

(2) Comments | Posted February 12, 2013 | 5:58 PM

The Locke-Ober Café, one of the grand restaurants of not only Boston, but in the United States, closed its doors for business this past October, after being in business for 137 years. Needless to say, a lot of history has passed through their doors. So, for the restaurant that was...

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Debra and Dino Santonastaso: Passionate New U.S. Importers for Quality Regional Wines of Italy

(3) Comments | Posted January 31, 2013 | 5:15 PM

Italian wines have enjoyed what seems to be a never ending growth in the U.S. marketplace. According to a March 2012 article on by Richard Woodard, "Italy has nearly a quarter of the global wine market." The same article cited the United States as the most significant...

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Beppe d'Andrea: Tradition & Change in Tuscany

(3) Comments | Posted December 14, 2012 | 5:13 PM

Beppe D'Andrea is a dynamic and enthusiastic spokesperson for his native Tuscany. He is the leader of the Slow Food Movement in the Chianti Classico region. He is a long time winemaker, who has transferred his skills to the promotion of the region, and he is also the Senior Brand...

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Taking the Mask Off of Wine: How Wine Follows the Lead of Cuisine

(13) Comments | Posted November 9, 2012 | 9:25 AM

Wine and food have been intertwined throughout history. In more recent times, trends have taken some curious turns. The culinary path of fine restaurants, with a movement started in France in the 1970's, had a reaction to covering inferior proteins, with heavy sauces. Their reaction spawned Nouvelle Cuisine. Nouvelle Cuisine...

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A Few Things That Let You Know You Are In A Good Restaurant: From Some People Who Really Know

(18) Comments | Posted September 13, 2012 | 5:29 PM

Good restaurants have as many universal qualities as unique qualities. Customers often are looking for telltale signs they are in a good place. Prompt service, an attractive room, innovative menus, extensive wine lists and fair pricing are all basics that many people, including restaurant reviewers focus on.

I asked four...

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Margrit Biever Mondavi: The Woman Who Tied Art, Chefs and Music to Napa Valley

(3) Comments | Posted August 6, 2012 | 3:03 PM

The Napa Valley might be a very different place if Margrit Biever had never lived there. Robert Mondavi, her husband, had a vision for world class wine from the once bucolic Napa Valley. Today, that vision might not seem like a big deal, but at that time, 1966, it was...

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Marco Caprai & Sagrantino Lead Umbria From Obscurity

(3) Comments | Posted July 10, 2012 | 8:25 AM

Marco Caprai has taken on the work originated by his father, Arnaldo Caprai, in the beautiful Central Italian winemaking region of Umbria, and followed a very conscious path to work with the grapes that are unique to Umbria, and more specifically, the sub-region of Montefalco. Umbria, famous for its stunning...

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Short Wine Lists (Short Menus): The Economy Leads Trends

(3) Comments | Posted May 31, 2012 | 7:12 PM

There has been much written lately about the shortening of wine lists in trendy restaurants. Lettie Teague wrote a very good piece in The Wall Street Journal, and this has been a trendy restaurant topic. Along the same line of reason, restaurant menus have shortened up too. These...

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Ana Fabiano: Passionate Advocate for the Wines of Rioja

(1) Comments | Posted May 1, 2012 | 5:59 AM

Near the end of last year, I attended an event where Kevin Zraly, the famed wine director from Windows on the World, was leading a panel discussion on wines from Spain. When the subject turned to an aging issue on Gran Reservas from Rioja, Kevin searched the audience to find...

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Dr. H.Thanisch: Refining Tradition in Mosel Riesling

(3) Comments | Posted April 23, 2012 | 6:05 PM

Although we Americans have difficulty pronouncing the words on German wine labels; The Mosel wine growing region is considered by many to be the defining region for Riesling. I think if you ask other winemakers, the resulting wines are the reason others in the world are inspired to produce Riesling...

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