It’s May 8th, 2020, and the end of our eighth full week working from home.
Today we’re sharing how five of our Skurnik staff finished their days with life’s simplest pleasures: meals made with love and special wines that we can think of no better reason to open.
Reporting from five different ‘bunkers’ – Jared, Carolyn, David, Cody, & Gabe share their wine picks from this week:
Bardolino Chiaretto Rose, Cavalchina
Vermut Blanco, Lustau
This would be fantastic in a cocktail, of course, but I love drinking it on its own with a big chunk of ice and an orange peel and salty snacks like nuts or olives (or potato chips! It’s a pandemic, no one is judging there are no rules anymore…you do you!)
Chardonnay, ‘Porter-Bass Vyd’, Ceritas
This wine is bright, with great texture, and downright Chablisien. It is a Chardonnay that shows you the versatility of this excellent, if sometimes misunderstood, noble grape. Shout out to the parents out there enjoying a glass of wine to unwind after a long day.
País ‘Vinista’, Pedro Parra
Thankfully, I was right! I was greeted by an herbaceous nose and dark red fruit, but the minerality from the granitic soils of Chile’s remote Itata region and its low alcohol made for an incredibly refreshing glass of red wine. The País grape variety has a reputation for producing wild, earthy wines that polarize some consumers, but this example is decidedly delicate and clean.
While Pedro Parra is far more famous for his work as a consultant and for his PhD in terroir than his vineyards in Chile, his family winery focused on small-production, minimal intervention expressions of Cinsault and País continues to deliver some of my favorite wines in all of South America vintage after vintage. The most exciting part is that they’re still getting better.
Chartogne-Taillet ‘Cuvée Ste.-Anne’ Brut
This disgorgement is really a turning point for Alexandre. The first wine I ever presented professionally to Skurnik Wines was the 2007-based Sainte Anne, which was the first vintage that Alexandre Chartogne, the current proprieter in Merfy, in Champagne, produced on his own, after working with Anslem Selosse.
The ’16 base of this wine is a little different than past disgorgements; it includes a bit more oak in the blend. Alexandre has said that he wants to show the non-vintage wines in the sort of way that his single-parcel wines have become so famous for. So this is a blend of all of the different parcels in Merfy that he produces in.