Avant-Garde Alavesa: Bodegas y Viñedos Artadi

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The holm oak, Quercus ilex, is an evergreen oak species native to southern Europe. Part of the unique botanical patrimony of the Mediterranean, its acorns have fattened the hogs destined for the choicest hams since at least Roman times, and it has resonances with wine, too. Montalcino, for instance, is really the Mons ilcinus, the … Read More

Skurnik in the Well: Solid to the Core

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Over the past four years, your friends at Skurnik Wines & Spirits have specifically curated a portfolio able to meet the needs of every quality bar, restaurant or retailer and their programs. The perception that “Skurnik’s spirits portfolio is too cool for my clientele” should be long gone. Today, let’s examine some of the core … Read More

Gobelsburg: Tradition and Terroir in the Kamptal


The estate of Schloss Gobelsburg is nestled in the middle of the quite village of the same name in Austria’s Kamptal valley. A grand mansion of pre-World War proportions, its distinctive pale-yellow paint and Renaissance architectural style make for a striking façade. There are not many of these structures still standing and maintained in 21st … Read More

Voliero: The High Flying Cousin of Uccelliera!

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In 2006, Andrea Cortonesi put a lot of miles on his car. Already the founder, proprietor, vigneron and winemaker for the Uccelliera estate, he was also running his own restaurant in Siena called Il Casato. It was in his capacity as restaurateur that the Voliero label was born: in researching all of the best possible … Read More

Summer Lovin’: Greenmarket Cocktail Tips & Techniques

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As we enter the proverbial “dog days” of summer, and the heat on the pavement seems to amplify the humidity in the air until we’re nearly drowning in our own sweat, well… what we’re trying to say is, we could use a cool, refreshing drink. Thankfully, the tail end of summer brings us much more … Read More

Starting Points for the Sake Novice

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The world of Japanese sake may seem like a lot to take on: the labels are beautiful but written with a tangle of unfamiliar characters! The very best sake has a haunting flavor that always seems just out of reach and always just beyond description. Like its alcoholic cousin wine, description of sake can easily slide into poetry and … Read More

The Diamond’s Edge: A Sojourn In Greece With Diamond Imports

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{Featured image: The breathtaking valley of Ghymno in the Nemea appellation} A week and a half before the mast in Greece—we must have been dreaming, but so the prospect stood. Ted Diamantis of Diamond Importers, the finest Greek portfolio in America and, naturally, Skurnik’s source, was taking us on a trip. “Eternally modern”, proclaims Greece’s … Read More