It’s May 21st, 2020, and the end of our TENTH full week working from home.
Today we’re sharing how five of our Skurnik staff finished their days – with special wines, spirits, & sake that we can think of no better reason to open (and mix!)
Reporting from five different ‘bunkers’ – Jen, Amanda, Abby, Jamie, & Steve share their picks from this week:
Valtellina Superiore ‘Il Pettirosso’, Ar. Pe. Pe.
“Il Pettirosso” is named for a type of robin that soars over the hills of the region. As the story goes, one such robin got into the cellar at Ar.Pe.Pe and hand-picked a barrel that became the first bottling of this wine. She had good taste. “Il Pettirosso” smells like red cherries, herbs, forest floor, and truffles. It has acidity and tannin for the long haul, but I drank it this week with a bone-in rib eye. Why wait?
J.M Sirop de Canne
Any time you need sweetener more robust than simple syrup that can complement a wide variety of spirits, this is the answer. Now that the weather is getting warmer, I see daiquiris in my future…
Mouzon-Leroux ‘L’Incandescent Rosé de Saignée’ Extra-Brut
Mouzon-Leroux’s l’Incandescent Rosé de Saignée is one of my favorite splurge wines to bring me back. This disgorgement is 100% Pinot Noir from the grand cru of Verzy, all from 2015. It is made by “bleeding” the juice from the grapes, with a long maceration time on the skins giving it more intense color, structure, and aromatics. This wine is juicy, spicy, and wild, providing me some of the adventure and excitement staying at home has lacked.
Champagne is a wine of patience, a virtue I could use right now. During the rosé’s maceration timing is everything and Sébastien Mouzon sleeps next to his press to make sure it’s just right. After bottling, it spends another three years on the lees until it’s ready for release. It is a nice reminder that the best things are worth the wait, whether they are tasting wine alongside my friends and colleagues, sitting in a restaurant again, or just a great bottle of Champagne.
Junmai Ginjo Nama Sake, ‘Potari Potari Green’, Kirinzan
Blue Gin, Hans Reisetbauer
I don’t know what to call this cocktail but it’s coming correct, here at the end of my week. Refreshing AF.
- 2 oz Reisetbauer Blue Gin (my fave)
- ¾ oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
- ½ oz thyme / lavender / honey / lemon simple syrup
Shake, pour over ice, top with tonic. Garnish with a lemon wheel and a sprig of thyme. Damn…
Have a great Memorial Day Weekend!