All posts by Laura Kivlen

Grüner Veltliner: Austria’s Glorious Grape

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Grüner Veltliner, like Riesling, is a grape that creates an incredible array of wines from long-aging, richly-dense, fruited wines to high-toned, electric, and racy versions. Its history begins in Austria where it is still the grape supreme. But for many American wine-drinkers Grüner Veltliner burst onto the scene in the early two-thousands.  Forward-thinking restaurateurs and … Read More

American Winemaker Video Series: Sashi Moorman

Tectonic Origins: A Glimpse Into Sta. Rita Hills

Sashi Moorman is a winemaker. And, in navigating the Sta. Rita Hills and their surrounds, he is a rather adept geographer, historian, geologist, and storyteller, too. This versatility is not a parlor trick, but a necessity of his craft: Sashi’s wines are unrelenting works of intricate engagement with terroir. What’s more, on a good day, … Read More

April Showers: Our Favorite Floral Cocktails

April Showers: Our Favorite Floral Cocktails

We love flowers! Not just looking at, smelling, arranging, planting, stroking (just to see if they are real!), but we also love drinking them. Nothing delights us more than sitting at our favorite bar with a cocktail covered in flowers. The intense colors contrast beautifully with the typically muted pastels of the liquid inside the … Read More

Terry Theise’s 2016 Germany Vintage Report

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Terry has returned from Germany after tasting at over 30 estates from the Mosel to the Pfalz and his latest vintage report is in! I have a bad habit of burying the lead. This time I won’t. Nearly every vintage, even good, excellent or great ones, has a shadow side that expresses as a common … Read More

The Legacy of Graillot: Maxime Graillot & Domaine Equis

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Featured Image: Maxime & Alain Graillot Photo: Gunnar Lier There is perhaps no industry where the weight of past generations is felt more acutely than in the world of wine. For elite domaines, each generational change invites the risk of falling into ruin, or worse yet, mediocrity. However history has shown us that the crushing weight … Read More

Farm to Bottle: An Interview with Neversink Spirits

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Featured Image: Yoni Rabino, left, and Noah Braunstein, owners of Neversink Spirits. The young distilling duo behind Neversink Spirits, Noah Braunstein and Yoni Rabino, sat down with Skunik Spirits and answered some questions about the history of their inspiration, progress, and pitfalls. Based in Port Chester New York, they let us gain some insight into … Read More

Stony Hill Vineyard: Pioneers of Spring Mountain

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In the early 1940s Fred and Eleanor McCrea travelled from San Francisco to Napa Valley seeking a family getaway in the mountains for Eleanor and their two young children. On one such visit, they travelled a narrow and winding dirt road up Spring Mountain to a property that ranged from 800 to 1,550 feet in … Read More

Nikolaihof: Deep Roots in the Wachau

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On the eastern edge of the Wachau valley, there lies Nikolaihof, in the quiet village of Mautern. In its current manifestation, Nikolaihof is a wine estate, yet it has lived many lives. The wines of the house are a singular experience: the combination of unique Wachau terroirs with ancestral technique blends together in this place … Read More

THE DNA OF CARIBBEAN R(H)UM

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Rum is as ancient as distillation itself. Most historians agree that, when humans first learned to refine fermented alcohol into a distilled spirit, the first booze we made was from the juice of sugarcane. It makes sense. No natural sugar is so easily fermented as, well, sugar itself. When Alexander the Great came to the … Read More

Benchmark Biodynamic Burgundy: Domaine de l’Arlot

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To fall in love with Burgundy is to resign oneself to a life of equal parts euphoria and edification. It is both an academic and hedonistic endeavor that may last a lifetime. Finding a domaine that produces wines capable of delivering consistent pleasure from their infancy in the barrel, to their 30 year anniversary, can … Read More