All posts by Laura Kivlen

American Winemaker Video Series: David Ramey

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Few winemakers have been as formative in establishing the modern voice of California wine as David Ramey. He teaches us that a great winemaker is an orchestra conductor – a sedulous student of terroir, a loyal and reverent interpreter of the masterful works of nature. As with many of his peers, David’s trajectory toward a … Read More

Jacky Blot: The Maestro of Montlouis

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“Jacky Blot’ has been instrumental in taking Montlouis out of Vouvray’s shadow and establishing for it a reputation of its own. Much of what he has done appears old hat today, but it was revolutionary at the time: organic viticulture, hand harvests, wild yeasts, barrel fermentations and no malolactic conversions” –Vinous Media The future of … Read More

Summertime Cocktails – A Boozy Beach Day Guide

Summertime Cocktails - A Boozy Beach Day Guide

Barefoot walks on the beach, bicycle rides to the ice cream shop, and late nights on seaside porches are nearly upon us. After a Spring filled with unpredictable temperature swings and consistently heavy rains, we at Skurnik Wines and Spirits are extremely excited for what we expect to be another amazing summer. As always, we have … Read More

American Winemaker Video Series: Tim Mondavi

American Winemaker Video Series: Tim Mondavi

From up on Pritchard Hill, above the fog line in the Vaca Mountains, east of Napa’s valley floor, Tim Mondavi can tell a story of nearly one hundred years and three generations – now four. Tim’s grandfather, Cesare, an Italian immigrant, first began sourcing grapes in 1919, and made his first wine in Saint Helena … Read More