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MEMORIAL DAY 2020 – A GUIDE TO SOME OF OUR FAVORITE PORTABLE LIBATIONS

MEMORIAL DAY 2020 – A GUIDE TO SOME OF OUR FAVORITE PORTABLE LIBATIONS [CALIFORNIA]

Find some space to toast to our ancestors, whether it’s with a can, flask, half-bottle, or bag this Memorial Day!


FOR MOMS, BY MOMS – A MOTHER’S DAY TRIBUTE

FOR MOMS, BY MOMS – A MOTHER’S DAY TRIBUTE [NATIONAL]

FOR MOMS, BY MOMS – A MOTHER’S DAY TRIBUTE [CALIFORNIA]

We are inspired by all that moms do, and today shine a spotlight on some of our producers that are creators of wine, sake, and spirits – and are also moms!

FRANCE

TERROIR TALK: PIERRE-YVES COLIN (PYCM) ON THE 2018 VINTAGE, ST. AUBIN, & PERNAND-VERGELESSES

PRODUCER: Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey

REGION: Burgundy

We’re sharing three videos from Pierre-Yves Colin (PYCM) – from the cellar, from just outside the village of St. Aubin, and in Pernand-Vergelesses.

LINK TO YOUTUBE VIDEO – PIERRE-YVES COLIN ON ON THE 2018 BURGUNDY VINTAGE

LINK TO YOUTUBE VIDEO – PIERRE-YVES COLIN ON ST. AUBIN

LINK TO YOUTUBE VIDEO – PIERRE-YVES COLIN ON PERNAND-VERGELESSES


TERROIR TALK: THIERRY PILLOT OF DOMAINE PAUL PILLOT

PRODUCER:  Domaine Paul Pillot

REGION: Burgundy

Thierry Pillot is truly one of a kind – a thoughtful vigneron who consistently provides some of the most soulful insights into the world of Burgundy.

LINK TO YOUTUBE VIDEO – FULL TERROIR TALK WITH THIERRY PILLOT (6:46)

LINK TO YOUTUBE VIDEO – MASSAL SELECTION AT ‘LA ROMANÉE’ (0:43)

LINK TO YOUTUBE VIDEO – BEDROCK ABOVE ‘LA ROMANÉE’ (1:02)

LINK TO YOUTUBE VIDEO – ‘LA ROMANÉE’ (1:26)

LINK TO YOUTUBE VIDEO – ‘LA GRANDE MONTAGNE’ (1:08)

LINK TO YOUTUBE VIDEO – BEDROCK ABOVE ‘LA GRANDE MONTAGNE’ (0:46)

LINK TO YOUTUBE VIDEO – ‘LES GRANDES RUCHOTTES’ (0:32)

LINK TO YOUTUBE VIDEO – ‘LES CAILLERETS’ (1:24)

LINK TO YOUTUBE VIDEO – TOP OF ‘LES CAILLERETS’ (0:45)

LINK TO YOUTUBE VIDEO – ‘CLOS ST. JEAN’ (0:54)


TERROIR TALK: DOMINIQUE LAFON ON TRAILBLAZING THE MÂCONNAIS

PRODUCER: Héritiers du Comte Lafon

REGION: Burgundy

This is a video from Dominique’s visit to New York in early March for the 20th La Paulée. In this interview we dive into the nuances of the Mâconnais – an under-appreciated Mecca for chiseled Chardonnay and discuss the latest arrivals, including his delicious 2018’s!

LINK TO YOUTUBE VIDEO – FULL TERROIR TALK WITH DOMINIQUE LAFON (22:55)


TOP OF THE HILL! JEAN-PHILIPPE BLOT OF DOMAINE DE LA BUTTE

PRODUCER: Domaine de la Butte [Jacky Blot]

REGION: Loire

Jean-Philippe Blot visited our NYC headquarters in January and in this video, he discusses some of his remarkable 2018 releases from Bourgeuil as well as his organic farming practices.

LINK TO YOUTUBE VIDEO


A VISIT WITH GROWER CHAMPAGNE ROYALTY – EGLY-OURIET

PRODUCER/S: Egly-Ouriet

REGION: Montagne de Reims, Champagne

A love letter about a visit to Egly-Ouriet, highlighting two new wines soon to be released (a 2016 Pinot Noir, Meunier, and Chardonnay blend and a stunning Chardonnay-based Grand Cru bottling from vines planted in 1902 in Verzy)


THE 2018 VINTAGE IN CHABLIS IS ONE FOR THE AGES

PRODUCER/S: Domaine PinsonDomaine Vincent Dampt

REGION: Burgundy

Charlene Pinson and Vincent Dampt discuss why 2018 will go down as one of the most astonishing vintages that Chablis has ever encountered.


THIERRY SABON OF CLOS DU MONT-OLIVET – THE UNTAPPED MAGIC OF LIRAC

PRODUCER/S: Clos du Mont-Olivet

REGION: Rhône

Adding to the next generation of winemakers learning from the last, Thierry Sabon, along with his father Jean-Claude,  strategized to make their mark in the Cru of Lirac, a new site for the winery.

LINK TO YOUTUBE VIDEO – FULL TERROIR TALK WITH THIERRY SABON (5:38)

LINK TO YOUTUBE VIDEO – THIERRY SABON ON LIRAC (5:14)


THE GOLDEN AGE OF FRENCH WINE IS NOW (DESPITE THREATS OF TARIFFS!)

PRODUCER/S: Bachelet-Monnot, Domaine Frantz Chagnoleau, Joseph Colin, Pierre Girardin, Domaine Jean-Marc Millot, Domaine Pinson, Champagne Doyard, JL Vergnon, Domaine de la Butte, Domaine de la Taille Aux Loups, Laurent Fayolle

There has been no better stretch of great vintages or more exceptionally talented growers at the height of their powers than TODAY.  So what about the last ten years or so make it the Golden Age for French Wine?


2019 HARVEST NOTES FROM OUR FRIENDS IN FRANCE

PRODUCER/S: Bachelet-Monnot, Domaine Frantz Chagnoleau, Domaine Yvon Clerget, Domaine Dureuil-Janthial, Pierre Girardin, Domaine Remi Jobard, Domaine Jean-Marc Millot, Domaine Pinson, Domaine de la Butte, Domaine de la Taille Aux Loups, Thibaud Boudignon, Domaine Rolet, Domaine Remejeanne, Clos Bellane

2019 has been a rollercoaster for our some of our favorite producers in France, as Mother Nature has again thrown the proverbial kitchen sink at them this growing season. The bright side is that most of the great growers were better prepared than almost any other year before, as the practice and lessons learned from years like 2003, 2009, and 2015 have helped them find creative and effective solutions to deal with global warming and its effect on wine growing, harvest, and vinification.


HISTORY AND DESTINY: THE FIRST RELEASES OF MEURSAULT’S PIERRE GIRARDIN

PRODUCER/S: Pierre Girardin

REGION: Burgundy

One might ask what they were doing when they were 20-21 years old? Pierre-Vincent Girardin can say he made a range of 18 wines from Bourgogne level all the way up to storied Grand Crus such as Corton and Montrachet – and at a quality level that has already put him in the conversation with more experienced and famous growers.

LINK TO YOUTUBE VIDEO – FULL TERROIR TALK WITH PIERRE GIRARDIN (3:31)

LINK TO YOUTUBE VIDEO – PIERRE GIRARDIN ON ‘PULIGNY MONTRACHET FOLATIÈRES’ (3:20)

LINK TO YOUTUBE VIDEO – PIERRE GIRARDIN ON ‘BÂTARD MONTRACHET GRAND CRU’ (3:08)


IN THE VINEYARD WITH BURGUNDY’S BEST KEPT SECRET – DOMAINE FRANTZ CHAGNOLEAU

PRODUCER/S: Domaine Frantz Chagnoleau

REGION: Burgundy

An abbreviated history of Domaine Frantz Changnoleau, plus some highlights in the vineyard from our latest trip to Domaine Frantz Chagnoleau, with some notes and narration by Skurnik’s David Hinkle.

LINK TO YOUTUBE VIDEO – TOP OF THE HILL IN VIRÉ

LINK TO YOUTUBE VIDEO – NEXT LEVEL FOLIAGE MANAGEMENT

LINK TO YOUTUBE VIDEO – A VINE’S QUEST FOR MOISTURE

LINK TO YOUTUBE VIDEO – A NURSERY FOR ALL-STAR CHARDONNAY GENETIC MATERIAL


PIERRE-YVES COLIN-MOREY: THE ROCK OF CHASSAGNE

PRODUCER/S: Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey

REGION: Burgundy

Since his first vintage in 2004, Pierre-Yves Colin  immediately caught the world’s attention with wines of unparalleled energy and verve. Even his Bourgogne Blanc put everyone on notice, leading one of the top wine writers in the world, Jancis Robinson, to remark.

LINK TO YOUTUBE VIDEO – PIERRE-YVES COLIN ON ON THE 2018 BURGUNDY VINTAGE (2:19)

LINK TO YOUTUBE VIDEO – PIERRE-YVES COLIN ON ST. AUBIN (2:17)

LINK TO YOUTUBE VIDEO – PIERRE-YVES COLIN ON PERNAND-VERGELESSES (2:07)


GROUNDBREAKING FLEURIE: DOMAINE DE FA FROM GRAILLOT + DOMAINE DES MARRANS FROM MATHIEU MELINAND

PRODUCER/S: Domaine de Fa & Domaine des Marrans

REGION: Rhône & Beaujolais

Among the 10 crus of that represent the highest tier of quality in Beaujolais, the pink granite-laden Fleurie is the one that most consistently delivers grace and beauty. Growers who have excelled at displaying Fleurie’s more delicate side are the famed Graillot brothers of Domaine de Fa and the young Mathieu Melinand of Domaine des Marrans.


JOSEPH COLIN: THE NEXT CHAPTER OF A BURGUNDIAN LEGACY

PRODUCER/S: Joseph Colin

REGION: Burgundy

Joseph is the son of Marc Colin, and the younger brother of Pierre-Yves Colin; he effectively started his own domaine in 2017 with approximately 6ha of vines from the original Domaine Marc Colin


DOMAINE DUREUIL-JANTHIAL: BURGUNDY’S QUIET SUPERSTAR

PRODUCER/S: Domaine Dureuil-Janthial

REGION: Burgundy

The immensely talented Vincent Dureuil, only in his mid-30s, produces a stunning range of single-vineyard white and red Burgundies in the Cote-Chalonnaise village of Rully, where his family has been since the 1500s


POSTCARDS FROM THE 2018 HARVEST IN FRANCE

REGION/S: Provence, Burgundy, Jura, Beaujolais, Northern Rhône, Loire, Champagne, Alsace

With the barrels being filled, the tanks frothing away, the presses put to slumber, and the birds eagerly eying their leftover treats, the 2018 harvest in France is beginning to wind down. Join us as we look through the eyes of the people on the ground, who for the past month have toiled night and day in an effort to accurately capture a snapshot of mother nature’s work in 2018.


ARLAUD’S 2016 VINTAGE: A TRIUMPH IN TIMES OF TROUBLE

PRODUCER/S: Domaine Arlaud

REGION: Burgundy

After the most difficult vintage of his career, Arlaud emerged with a lineup rivaling any top producer in Burgundy.


A TALE OF TWO MEURSAULTS

PRODUCER/S: Domaine Rémi Jobard & Domaine Boyer-Martenot

REGION: Burgundy

PRODUCER/S: Sitting in a restaurant with some of Burgundy’s brightest stars, the evening started with a simple question, “Meursault, Puligny, or Chassagne?”


DOMAINE DE LA PETITE GALLEE: LYON’S GAMAY KING

PRODUCER/S: Domaine de la Petite Gallee

REGION: Coteaux du Lyonnais

Families from all over Lyon flock to Domaine de la Petite Gallee’s cellar to purchase what many consider to be the finest wines in the region.


2015: LEGENDARY LOIRE VINTAGE

PRODUCER/S: Domaine Taille Aux LoupsDomaine de la ButteDomaine AllietDomaine du Carrou 

REGION: Loire

While 2015 wasn’t always “easy” on the ground, the trend of warmer vintages of the past decade came to a stunning climax with the epic reds of 2015.


JACKY BLOT: THE MAESTRO OF MONTLOUIS

PRODUCER/S: Jacky Blot

REGION: Loire

Jacky Blot of Domaine de la Taille Aux Loups and Domaine de la Butte has been leading the  movement towards laser-pure, dry, terroir-driven Loire Valley Chenin for decades

LINK TO YOUTUBE VIDEO – JACKY BLOT: THE MAESTRO OF MONTLOUIS


JACKY BLOT FULL INTERVIEW PART 1

PRODUCER/S: Jacky Blot

REGION: Loire

Part 1 of our interview with Jacky Blot of Domaine de la Taille Aux Loups and Domaine de la Butte!

LINK TO YOUTUBE VIDEO – JACKY BLOT FULL INTERVIEW PART I (7:48)


JACKY BLOT FULL INTERVIEW PART 2

PRODUCER/S: Jacky Blot

REGION: Loire

Part 2 of our interview with Jacky Blot of Domaine de la Taille Aux Loups and Domaine de la Butte!

LINK TO YOUTUBE VIDEO – JACKY BLOT FULL INTERVIEW PART II (6:54)


JACKY BLOT FULL INTERVIEW PART 3

PRODUCER/S: Jacky Blot

REGION: Loire

Part 3 of our interview with Jacky Blot of Domaine de la Taille Aux Loups and Domaine de la Butte!

LINK TO YOUTUBE VIDEO – JACKY BLOT FULL INTERVIEW PART III (7:48)


JACKY BLOT FULL INTERVIEW PART 4

PRODUCER/S: Jacky Blot

REGION: Loire

Part 4 of our interview with Jacky Blot of Domaine de la Taille Aux Loups and Domaine de la Butte!

LINK TO YOUTUBE VIDEO – JACKY BLOT FULL INTERVIEW PART IV (6:06)


JACKY BLOT FULL INTERVIEW PART 5

PRODUCER/S: Jacky Blot

REGION: Loire

Part 5 of our interview with Jacky Blot of Domaine de la Taille Aux Loups and Domaine de la Butte!

LINK TO YOUTUBE VIDEO – JACKY BLOT FULL INTERVIEW PART V (4:27)


THE BIG FREEZE IN FRANCE APRIL 2017 – SNAPSHOTS AND REFLECTIONS

In April 2017, a dangerous frost swept through Northern France. Here are stories from some of our winegrowers on the ground, battling nature.


THE LEGACY OF GRAILLOT: MAXIME GRAILLOT & DOMAINE EQUIS

PRODUCER/S: Domaine Equis

REGION: Northern Rhône

Maxime Graillot of Domaine Equis & Domaine Alain Graillot has been reassuring Syrah fans around the world that the Graillot name will live on in Rhone lore.


BENCHMARK BIODYNAMIC BURGUNDY: DOMAINE DE L’ARLOT

PRODUCER/S: Domaine de l’Arlot

REGION: Burgundy

Domaine de l’Arlot embodies what is possible with exceptional Burgundian terroir, through biodynamic farming and non-interventionist winemaking.


ON TOP OF THE WORLD – CHÂTEAU DE PIBARNON IN BANDOL

PRODUCER/S: Château de Pibarnon

REGION: Provence

Perched at the highest point of Bandol, Château de Pibarnon crafts wines of seductive elegance that can age for decades.


CHAMPAGNE EGLY-OURIET: POWER AND ELEGANCE IN AMBONNAY

PRODUCER/S: Egly-Ouriet

REGION: Champagne Montagne de Reims

Egly-Ouriet continues to be a leading light in the world of Grower Champagne, crafting wines of staggering complexity and ageability


THE INSPIRING BUBBLES OF JL VERGNON

PRODUCER/S: Champagne JL Vergnon

REGION: Cote des Blancs, Champagne

Based in the Grand Cru Village of Le Mesnil, Christophe Constant of Champagne JL Vergnon is crafting chalky, terroir drive wines.


DOMAINE PINSON: KIMMERIDGIAN NOBILITY

PRODUCER/S: Domaine Pinson 

REGION: Burgundy

Domaine Pinson is a historic estate in the heart of Chablis, crafting crystalline Chardonnay that relays the singular qualities of Kimmeridgian soil.


DOMAINE ARLAUD: BALANCE AND BIODYNAMICS IN BURGUNDY

PRODUCER/S: Domaine Arlaud

REGION: Burgundy

Domaine Arlaud is a pioneer of biodynamic farming in the Burgundy village of Morey St. Denis. Cyprien Arlaud crafts beautiful and balanced Pinot Noir.


DOMAINE DANIEL ET JULIEN BARRAUD: THE MASTER OF VERGISSON

PRODUCER/S: Domaine Daniel et Julien Barraud

REGION: Burgundy

With holdings in the best and oldest vineyards in the region, the wines of Daniel et Julien Barraud are a PhD level course in world-class Chardonnay.


FRANTZ CHAGNOLEAU: TERROIR-DRIVEN MÂCONNAIS WINES

PRODUCER/S: Domaine Frantz Chagnoleau

REGION: Burgundy

Domaine Frantz Chagnoleau is a small estate run by two talented farmers and winemakers, Frantz Chagnoleau and Caroline Gon.


CHAMPAGNE DOYARD IS A MASTER OF CHARDONNAY

PRODUCER/S: Doyard

REGION: Cotes des Blancs, Champagne

Champagne Doyard is a master of Chardonnay in Vertus. Winemaker Charles Doyard’s  relentless and painstaking devotion to his craft has elevated the domaine into a beacon for precise, mineral-etched Champagnes.

CHAMPAGNE, GERMANY, & AUSTRIA

VON WINNING’S 2018 GGs: BEST COLLECTION YET

PRODUCER/S: von Winning

The highlights of our most recent tasting at Von Winning were the GGs; 2018 vintage marks the 10th year that we’ve offered these wines.

LINK TO YOUTUBE VIDEO – ANDREAS HUETWOHL ON THE MITTELHAARDT


PFALZ: THE WINES OF THE RHEINLAND

PRODUCER/S: Theo MingesGregor Messmer von WinningMüller-CatoirEugen-MüllerDarting

REGION: Pfalz

In this post we detail the rich geological history of the Pfalz and break down the unique characteristics of the Südpfalz, Mittelhaardt, and Unterhaardt.


TAKE ME TO YOUR LITER!

PRODUCER/S: EckerBergerSetzerHoferDarting

REGION: Kremstal, Weinviertel, Wagram, Pfalz

Our top large format (liter) bottle suggestions featuring Ecker, Berger, Setzer, Hofer & Darting


CHAMPAGNE’S SPÉCIAL CLUB: NEW RELEASES FROM OUTSTANDING GROWERS

PRODUCER/S: GimonnetMouzon-LerouxGaston ChiquetGoutorbeMousse FilsMarc Hebrart, A. Margaine

REGION: Champagne

We are excited to share with you the latest releases from Spécial Club growers Pierre Gimonnet, Mouzon-Leroux, Gaston Chiquet, Henri Goutorbe, Moussé & Fils, Marc Hébrart, & Arnaud Margaine.


INTRODUCING SCHLOSS LIESER & THE HAAG FAMILY: MOSEL RIESLINGS WITH COMPLEXITY & PRECISION

PRODUCER/S: Schloss Lieser

REGION: Mosel, Germany

From the time that Thomas announced that he would stay and develop Schloss Lieser, the estate would enter a period of intense investment and growth, adding more Grand Cru sites to their already impressive holdings.


SUMMER AIN’T OVER YET! SKURNIK STAFF PICKS FROM GERMANY, AUSTRIA, & CHAMPAGNE

PRODUCER/S: Prieler, Mouzon-Leroux, Pierre Peters, Marc Hebrart, Bernhard Ott, Sclossgut Diel, Schneider, Vilmart & Cie, Mousse Fils, Brundlmayer, Kruger Rumpf


INTRODUCING DEHOURS & FILS: MEUNIER SOUTH OF THE MARNE

PRODUCER/S: Dehours

REGION: Vallee de la Marne, Champagne

Jérôme is a producer who is full of energy and life, who loves his work and the community of growers in Champagne; he’s one of the founders of Les Artisan du Champagne, a group of growers formed to promote high-quality RM wines.  His wines reflect his curiosity and excitement but also an uncommon precision which deepens each year. We are very excited to introduce you to the Dehours family and these outstanding Champagnes!


INTRODUCING BRAUNEWELL: RHEINHESSEN

PRODUCER/S: Braunewell

REGION: Rheinhessen

Braunewell is a family-run enterprise, with 27 hectares, and operating with wisdom, sentiment and competence. The family is serious about what they do, making wines with care and craftsmanship – it’s not an estate operated by amateurs. Braunewell is contemporary, but not “modern”; it has soul and character.


VILMART: WINE FIRST, THEN CHAMPAGNE

PRODUCER/S: Vilmart & Cie

REGION: Montagne de Reims, Champagne

Founded by Désiré Vilmart in 1890, the Vilmart Estate has produced their own wines since the beginning.


BOOZE & BUBBLES: MEET THE MEN & WOMEN BEHIND THE MARQUES!

Skurnik’s Spirits continue to grow in breadth and reputation. This past October, Spirits took the lead in a tasting appropriately titled, “Booze & Bubbles.”


ALZINGER: PRECISION & ELEGANCE FROM THE WACHAU

PRODUCER/S: Alzinger

REGION: Wachau, Austria

Leo Alzinger is located in Unterloiben, just across the street from Knoll. Leo owns parcels in two of the great vineyards in this part of the river valley: Loibenberg and Steinertal. On the terraced vineyards of both sites, riesling is cultivated on the higher, more primary rock rich parcels while grüner veltliner is cultivated on the lower, silty, loess based parcels.


INTRODUCING CHAMPAGNE PHILIPPE GLAVIER!

PRODUCER/S: Philippe Glavier

REGION: Cotes des Blancs, Champagne

Phillipe used the cellars of Véronique’s family until the two were able to buy their own cuverie. Essentially, this is a winery started from scratch.


INTRODUCING MOUZON-LEROUX: RISING STAR IN VERZY

PRODUCER/S: Mouzon-Leroux

REGION: Montagne de Reims, Champagne

These are some of the most exciting wines we’ve tasted in a long time – pure expressions of Verzy Grand Cru. We are now partnering with Sébastien Mouzon!


CHAMPAGNE’S SPECIAL CLUB

PRODUCER/S: Pierre Gimonnet, Gaston Chiquet, Henri Goutorbe, Mousse & Fils, Marc Hebrart, A. Margaine

REGION: Champagne

In 1971 a group of twelve growers started an organization to promote the concept of terroir and estate bottled, or grower Champagne in France and abroad. Today, the group consists of 28 growers, including three of the original members: Pierre Gimonnet, Gaston Chiquet and Paul Bara.


GOBELSBURG: TRADITION AND TERROIR IN THE KAMPTAL

PRODUCER/S: Schloss Gobelsburg

REGION: Kamptal, Austria

This synthesis between old and new, tradition and innovation is what makes Schloss Gobelsburg one of the most vital estates in Austria.


MERKELBACH: SOUL OF THE MOSEL

PRODUCER/S: Alfred and Rolf Merkelbach 

REGION: Mosel, Germany

Drinking Merkelbach can be a profound juxtaposition of an experience that is deep-rooted, while humble, and always full of life.


GRÜNER VELTLINER: AUSTRIA’S GLORIOUS GRAPE

PRODUCER/S: Hofer, Setzer, Berger, Nikolaihof, Hiedler, Ott, Hirsch, Alzinger, Schloss Gobelsburg, Brundlmayer

REGION: Austria

Grüner Veltliner from top Austrian producers can achieve incredible aromatic depth in the cellar and age beautifully for many years.


NIKOLAIHOF: DEEP ROOTS IN THE WACHAU

PRODUCER/S: Nikolaihof

REGION: Wachau, Austria

On the eastern edge of the Wachau valley, lies Nikolaihof in the village of Mautern, this biodynamic wine estates history dates back to the 1st millennium.


MOUSSÉ FILS: MEUNIER THROUGH TRAGEDY AND TRIUMPH

PRODUCER/S: Champagne Mousse Fils

REGION: Vallee de la Marne, Champagne

Moussé Fils is a Meunier focused estate in the village of Cuisles, home to one of Champagne’s young heroes, Cédric Moussé, a fourth generation vigneron.


HOMAGE AND LEGACY AT PIERRE PÉTERS

PRODUCER/S: Pierre Péters

REGION: Cotes de Blanc, Champagne

The story of the Pierre Péters estate is one of commitment, reconciliation, and above all passion for the land and legacy.


HEIDI SCHRÖCK: A REVIVAL IN RUST

PRODUCER/S: Heidi Schrock

REGION: Neusiedlersee-Huggeland, Austria

Heidi Schröck’s family has been making rare and wonderful sweet wines in the Austrian village of Rust, on Lake Neusiedl, for two hundred years.

LINK TO YOUTUBE VIDEO – HEIDI SCHRÖCK: IN PURSUIT OF SWEETNESS (2:43)


WEINGUT PRIELER: BENCHMARK AUSTRIAN BLAUFRÄNKISCH

PRODUCER/S: Prieler

REGION: Neusiedlersee-Huggeland, Austria

The Prieler family has been farming in the village of Schützen, on the western side of the Lake Neusiedl, for more than 150 years.

LINK TO YOUTUBE VIDEO – WEINGUT PRIELER: VITICULTURE & TRADITION IN AUSTRIA’s BURGENLAND (2:44)


KRUGER-RUMPF: TERROIR IN THE NAHE

PRODUCER/S: Kruger-Rumpf

REGION: Nahe, Germany

The Kruger-Rumpf estate is a small family-owned winery in the northern Nahe region of Germany.

LINK TO YOUTUBE VIDEO – KRUGER-RUMPF: TERROIR IN THE NAHE (1:29)


WEINGUT HIRSCH: GREAT KAMPTAL TERROIR

PRODUCER/S: Johannes Hirsch

REGION: Kamptal, Austria

Johannes Hirsch is crafting some of the finest wines in the Kamptal, Hirsch is a tireless force in the region, constantly pushing boundaries.

LINK TO YOUTUBE VIDEO – HIRSCH: TERROIR IN THE KAMPTAL (1:51)


INTRODUCING GOLDATZEL: QUINTESSENTIAL RIESLING FROM GERMANY’S RHEINGAU

PRODUCER/S: Goldatzel

REGION: Rheingau, Germany

Goldatzel is a small family estate in the Rheingau. Gerd & Andrea Gross, with their son Johannes Gross craft world-class, terroir driven Rieslings.


VON WINNING: GRAND CRU RIESLING FROM THE PFALZ

PRODUCER/S: Von Winning

REGION: Pfalz, Germany

Von Winning is one of the finest wineries in German making powerful Grand Cru Rieslings from the best sites in the Mittelhaardt.

LINK TO YOUTUBE VIDEO – VON WINNING: HISTORY, TRADITION, & TERROIR (1:45)


INTRODUCING GEORG BREUER: CLASSIC RHEINGAU RIESLINGS

PRODUCER/S: Weingut Georg Breuer

REGION: Rheingau, Germany

We are pleased to announce a new partnership between Skurnik Wines & Weingut Georg Breuer, one of the finest estates in the Rheingau.


SELBACH-OSTER: BRILLIANT MOSEL CLASSICS

PRODUCER/S: Selbach Oster

REGION: Mosel, Germany

Johannes Selbach talks about the his family’s estate and 400 years of history and winemaking – a passion for Riesling!

LINK TO YOUTUBE VIDEO – SELBACH: RIESLING ROOTED IN TRADITION (2:28)


PRODUCER/S: Donnhoff

REGION: Nahe, Germany

The Dönnhoff family has been in Nahe, Germany for 250 years. Cornelius speaks about his sustainably-farmed Riesling and how his world-class wines are made.

LINK TO YOUTUBE VIDEO – DÖNNHOFF: A NAHE LEGEND (2:27)


A.J. ADAM: DELICATE & MINERAL MOSEL CLASSICS

PRODUCER/S: A.J. Adam

REGION: Mosel, Germany

Andreas Adam of A.J. Adam is one of the top producers in the Middle Mosel.


JAPAN

IWAO NIIZAWA: QUIET REVOLUTIONARY OF THE SAKE WORLD

PRODUCER/S: Niizawa Jozoten

Region: Miyagi Prefecture

What can sake be? Niizawa pushes the limits for the category with ‘the ultimate food sake’ & a sake from rice polished to 7% of its original size.


RESILIENCE IN THE FACE OF ADVERSITY: THE FIRST 500 YEARS OF KENBISHI BREWERY

PRODUCER/S: Kenbishi Shuzo

REGION: Hyogo

One of the biggest sake makers in the world, in business since 1505, Kenbishi still has more traditional methods (and are more hands-on) than most makers a fraction of their size. They even create their own equipment!


AN IN-DEPTH SHOCHU SEMINAR WITH THE ‘YOUNG GUNS OF MIYAZAKI’

PRODUCER/S: Kuroki Honten Distillery,  Kodama Distillery, Yanagita Distillery, Watanabe Distillery

REGION: Miyazaki

Four artinsinal shochu producers visited Skurnik in February 2020 to showcase one of the most popular spirits from Japan. Fun fact: there is about three times more shochu produced every year than tequila!


THE OLD WAYS: BODAIMOTO, KIMOTO, & YAMAHAI 

PRODUCER/S: Kurosawa Brewery, Kenbishi Shuzo, Kodama Brewery, Yucho Brewery, Kiminoi Brewery

In the past decade, sake fans and brewers alike have become interested in the old ways and there has been a revival of the fascinating range of flavors they can bring.


NEW TO CALIFORNIA: OUR JAPANESE SAKE PORTFOLIO

PRODUCER/S: Yamachu Honke Brewery, Gochoda Brewer, Hamakawa Shoten Brewery, Isojiman Brewery, Niizawa Brewery, Sumikawa Brewery, Takagi Brewery, Shimizu Seizaburo Shoten

Skurnik Wines is pleased to announce the addition of a premium Japanese sake portfolio to California!


BEFORE THE BOTTLE, GROWING SAKE RICE IN JAPAN

PRODUCER/S: Onda BreweryYamachu Honke BreweryNiizawa Brewery

Japan has a particularly strong history with rice which dates back 3,000 years, and since its introduction from mainland Asia rice has become an integral part of Japanese culture. From daily meals to Shinto religious ceremonies to sake itself, rice touches every part of life in Japan. Even tax payments were once made directly with rice!


“SELLING SAKE IN YOUR BAR AND RESTAURANT” WEBINAR FEATURING SKURNIK’S JAMIE GRAVES!

Jamie-san covers some of the most frequently-asked-questions in the biz, why restaurants and bars should care about building a sake program, and tips for selling sake.


SAKE ISN’T PICKY ABOUT FOOD (BUT IT DOES HAVE FAVORITES) – SAKE AND FOOD PAIRING

PRODUCER/S: Hamakawa Shoten BreweryMatsuse BrewerySakata ShuzoMutemuka Brewery

Sake pairs with food in a much more subdued manner than wine pairings. Wine in general has much higher levels of acid than sake, and those acids mark a dividing line between wine and food. They cut through fats and rich flavors, or provide a subtle high note that can sing through the flavor. Traditionally the role of sake and drink in Japanese cuisine was not necessarily to pair with food but to focus, support and amplify it.


HAPPY BREW YEAR! OCTOBER MARKS THE START OF THE NEW SAKE BREWING SEASON

PRODUCER/S: Kirinzan BreweryAkishika BreweryHamakawa Shoten BreweryUmenoyado Brewery


AN INTRO TO SHOCHU: JAPAN’S TERROIR-DRIVEN SPIRIT

PRODUCER/S: Kuroki Honten DistilleryYanagita DistilleryMunemasa Shuzo DistilleryKuroki Honten DistilleryWatanabe DistilleryKodama Distillery

Japan’s most popular drink after beer, having improbably outpaced sake in terms of overall consumption since 2006, has no signs of turning back.


MILLENNIA OF INNOVATION: HOW NARA HAS BEEN REVOLUTIONIZING SAKE SINCE 700 AD

PRODUCER/S: Yucho Brewery

REGION: Nara

In this oldest part of Japan there is now a wave of innovation sweeping breweries, and it looks like Nara of all places may start to push sake even further.


KIRINZAN – TOP OF THE CLASS IN NIIGATA, JAPAN

PRODUCER/S: Kirinzan Brewery

REGION: Niigata

Kirinzan reflects the traditions of Niigata itself, intensely proud and involved in its local community to showcase the qualities of Niigata to the world.


THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT: FRESH, BRASH, AND YOUTHFUL SAKE MUROKA NAMA GENSHU

PRODUCER/S: Takenotsuyu BreweryMoriki BreweryMutemuka BreweryKidoizumi BreweryUehara Brewery

REGION: Yamagata, Mie, Kochi, Chiba, Shiga

We now have many sake that show amazingly well when still young and fresh. What they may lack in subtle finesse they make up for in energy and vitality.


NISHIYAMA SHUZO: POET OF THE SAKE WORLD

PRODUCER/S: Nishiyama Shuzo 

REGION: Kansai

Founded in 1849, the sake brewery Nishiyama Shuzo is located in the heart of Hyogo Prefecture, one of the finest sake regions in the country.


SOME LIKE IT HOT: THE SURPRISING ELEGANCE OF WARM SAKE

PRODUCER/S: Kinshihai BreweryKiminoi BreweryMusashino BreweryKirinzan Brewery

REGION: Niigata,

We feature a few sake we’re looking forward to warming up during the winter months.


ISOJIMAN SHUZO: SAKE FROM THE SEASHORE

PRODUCER/S: Isojiman Shuzo

REGION: Shizuoka

Few breweries in Japan have as defined a sense of purpose and as clear an identity as the revered Isojiman Shuzo from Shizuoka prefecture.


STARTING POINTS FOR THE SAKE NOVICE

PRODUCER/S: Aoki Shuzo, Midorikawa BreweryYamachu HonkeSumikawa BreweryNishiyama Shuzo,

REGION: Niigata

Starting points for getting acquainted with sake. We cover several major premium styles, as well as a range of the textures & flavors possible in fine sake.


INTRODUCING OUR JAPANESE PORTFOLIO!

We here at Skurnik Wines and Spirits are very excited to expand our horizons into the wide world of Japanese sake and spirits!

SPIRITS

SUSTAINABILITY IN SPIRITS: REAL MINERO

PRODUCER/S: Real Minero

REGION: Oaxaca

Graciela maintains a nursery and laboratory dedicated to protecting, preserving, & studying agave, and champions social justice within the mezcal industry.


SUSTAINABILITY IN SPIRITS: AZTECA AZUL

PRODUCER/S: Azteca Azul

REGION: Jalisco

Azteca Azul not only keeps their environment safe from improper waste disposal, but also manages to transform its by-products into useful products…


SUSTAINABILITY IN SPIRITS: APOLOGUE

PRODUCER/S: Apologue Spirited Liqueurs

REGION: Illinois

Chicago-based Apologue Spirited Liqueurs employs taglines like “know your spirit” and “transparency throughout.” As such, their spirits are made from all-natural, Non-GMO Project Verified ingredients like fruits, roots, herbs and barks—and they even list everything that is in the bottle, on the bottle.


SUSTAINABILITY IN SPIRITS: SQUARE ONE VODKA

PRODUCER/S: Square One Organic Spirits

REGION: Idaho

Allison Evanow created one of the first exclusively organic spirits in 2004, producing Square One Vodkas from Idaho with a 100% USDA-Organic Certification. This post talks about her sustainable practices and fantastic vodka (flavor infused choices available too.)


KITCHEN COCKTAILING PART 1: THE AQUAFABA SOUR

PRODUCER/S: Penderyn Distillery

REGION: Wales

Utilizing the staples in your liquor cabinet and pantry, here’s a classic sour recipe to enjoy at home made with Pendryn’s single malt whiskey.


RUM ROUNDUP: 7 SKURNIK SELECTIONS AND THE CASE FOR TERROIR IN SPIRITS

PRODUCER/S: El Dorato Rum, St. Lucia Distillers, Hampden Estate, Worthy Park Estate/Rum Bar, Uruapan Charanda, Novo Fogo Cachaca, Rhum JM, Tosba Mezcal, Azteca Azul, Calvados Lemorton

Highlighting the three distinct rum styles in Skurnik’s portfolio: traditional molasses, Jamaican style and sugarcane juice. 7 rums are profiled here.


HOW TO NAVIGATE OUR GRAND PORTFOLIO TASTING AS A SPIRITS BUYER

Tips for tasting through the GPT.


INTRAMURAL COCKTAIL CHALLENGE: PAMPLEMOUSSE SPRITZ

MAIN PRODUCER: Giffard-Bigallet

OTHER PRODUCERS: Emilio Lustau, Farnum Hill Ciders, The Pinot Project, Vicario Spirits, Sweetdram, Etna Bitter, Distilleria Alpe, Churchills Port, Contratto, Worthy Park Estate/Rum Bar, Mata Hari, Vignetii del Sole, Rhum JM, Gruppo Caffo

The members of our Spirits Team each created a Spritz recipe following ONE RULE: it must contain Giffard Crème de Pamplemousse Rosé.


SPIRITS STAFF PICKS: 7 COCKTAILS WE’RE FEELING FOR 2020 & BEYOND!

PRODUCER/S: Nuestra Soledad, Giffard, Domaine de Montreuil, Contratto, Lemorton, Mizu, Château de Pellehaut, Reisetbauer, Helix Vodka, Emilio Lustau, Vermouth Routin, Lustau

Whether drinks we never put down, or were jazzed to rediscover, we promise they won’t disappoint, so keep these tried and true tipples queued up in your 2020 cocktail rotation!


DELIGHTFUL DIVERSIONS & DELICIOUS DRINKS – HOLIDAY EDITION!

PRODUCER/S: El Dorado Rum, Lustau, Rhum JM, Alpe Genepy, Agave de Cortes, Mizu Shochu, Diamond Reserve, Reisetbauer, Pinhook, Portobello Road Gin, Contratto, Rapa Giovanni, Antica Torino, Mata Hari Absinthe, Norden Aquavit, Brennevín Giffard, Rum Bar, Vicario, Argala, Vermouth Routin

The holidays are finally here! For many of us, this is a time of socializing, seeing loved ones, cooking, overeating, giving gifts, and having a merry time. With that said, maybe you can take time to sneak away, find a cozy nook, and settle in with a delightful diversion and delicious drink.


SPIRITS AND SPECTERS AT THE PLAZA HOTEL

PRODUCER/S: Lustau, Caffo, Giffard, Prosecco della Contessa, Portobello Road Gin, Domaine de Montreuil, Apologue, Vicario, El Dorado, Giffard, McKenzie, Rhum JM

Drinks that been inspired by the larger-than-life characters that colored the Plaza Hotel’s early history and some of the cocktail templates that are known to have been served at this historic establishment throughout the years.


AN INTERVIEW WITH SHAUN CALEB, MASTER DISTILLER OF DEMERARA DISTILLERS LIMITED AND EL DORADO RUM!

PRODUCER/S: El Dorado Rum

REGION: Demerara River, Guyana

At its peak, Guyana had more than 300 operating plantation rum distilleries. Today, there is just one left. But bartenders, cocktail lovers, and rum aficionados all over the world over revere the name Demerara, and with good reason.


THE CHU-HAI: OUR FAVORITE COCKTAIL THAT YOU’VE NEVER HEARD OF

PRODUCER/S: Munemasa Shuzo Distillery

REGION: Saga

Shochu was truly only seen as an affordable, nondescript cocktail ingredient until the craft spirits movement in the early 2000s. (Something good did happen in the early 2000s!) Mizu features three distinctive expressions: Barley, Green Tea, and Lemongrass. With this care and effort, shochu surpassed sake in consumption in Japan for the first time in fifty years.


A NEW KIND OF BOTTLE SERVICE

PRODUCER/S: Greenhook GinsmithsNovo Fogo CachacaRey CamperoWorthy Park Estate/ Rum-Bar

Bottle service reached its heyday in the early 2000s, and, like many trends, became such a thing, that it lost its meaning or appeal. “Service”, in any capacity, became an afterthought. Still, we like to think that there is something so hospitable about a guest’s personal bottle served with a set of mixers. Today we’re seeing a resurgence of a new kind of bottle service, with an emphasis on that latter component—service.


FROM CUP TO COUPE: THE ENTICING COMBINATION OF COFFEE & SPIRITS

PRODUCER/S: Vicario Spirits, Rhum JM, Giffard-Bigallet, El Dorado Run, Helix Spirits, Domaine Pacory, Azteca Azul, Rapa Giovanni, Tipperary, Gruppo Caffo, Calvados Lemorton, Antica Torino, Disilleria Gualco, Chateau de Pellehaut

Although coffee lives at the center of many a morning ritual, and spirits tend to dwell in the happy hours of our hearts, it is the power of these two elements combined that continue to capture the imaginations of consumers and hospitality professionals alike. And why not? The two beverages have been in cahoots for decades.


GINS APLENTY AT SKURNIK WINES!

PRODUCER/S: Neversink Spirits, Greenhook Ginsmiths, The Kyoto Distillery, Vanagandr Gin, Portobello Road Gin, Hans Reisetbauer

Gin is enjoying a resurgence, and we at Skurnik are joining in with a half-dozen gins to choose from! All six are unique, and come from all over the world.


WHAT IT’S NOT: AN EXERCISE IN BLIND TASTING

PRODUCER/S: Donnhoff, Estancia Distillery, Chateau de Pellehaut, Rhum JM, Neversink Spirits, Worth Park Estate/Rum-Bar, Las Perlas, Ohishi Distillery, Barrel Craft Spirits, Chapter 7 Scotch

In this classroom-style seminar our Skurnik Spirits team shared best practices for tasting spirits before putting our deductive sipping skills to the test. Gabriel Clary of Skurnik’s esteemed Germany, Austria, and Champagne Portfolio shared tasting techniques from the world of wine, and armed with this perspective, we blind tasted a variety of spirits before discussing their identity.


WIDENING THE LENS: A GUIDE TO PRESENTING UNUSUAL AND OVERLOOKED SPIRITS

PRODUCER/S: Marcame Tequila, Compania Elaboradora, Domaine de Montreuil, Charles Medley Distillery, Brennivin, Hans Reisetbauer, Vicario Spirits, Giffard-Bigallet, Angelisco Tequila, Chateau de Pellehaut, Nuestra Soledad, Emilio Lustau, Rhum JM, Estancia Distillery, Damoiseau, El Dorado Rum, Chateau de Briat, Distilleria Alpe, Distillerie des Alpes

In October 2018, the Skurnik Spirits Team hosted a seminar at HQ entitled, “Widening the Lens: A Guide to Presenting Unusual and Overlooked Spirits”. In this three-part seminar, we explored everything from grassy Agricole rhums to unusual Italian liqueurs and discussed ways to introduce these lesser-understood gems to a wider audience.

LINK TO YOUTUBE VIDEO – PART 1: GATEWAY COCKTAILS

LINK TO YOUTUBE VIDEO – PART 2: MENU PSYCHOLOGY 

LINK TO YOUTUBE VIDEO – PART 3: THE ELEVATOR PITCH


AROUND THE WORLD IN TEN ICONIC COCKTAILS

PRODUCER/S: Azteca Azul, Giffard-Bigallet, Rhum JM, Charles Medley Distillery, Hans Reisetbauer, Contratto Spirits, Grupo Caffo, Maison Dudognon, Munemasa Shuzo Distillery, Contessa

In the middle of a freezing Northeast winter, thoughts of paradise beckon. Imagine a fruit-filled drink in hand as you sway in a hammock, as the ocean waves quietly crash next to you..


OUR AGAVE PORTFOLIO IS IN FULL BLOOM!

PRODUCER/S: Nuestra Soledad, El Jolgorio, Real Minero, Rey Campero, Mezcalosfera, Cruz de Fuego, Tosba Mezcal, Compania Elaboradora, Flor Del Desierto, Estancia Distillery, Las Perlas

From Chihuahua to Jalisco, from Michoacan and south to Oaxaca, the team here at Skurnik has always held a special love for Mexico and their Spirits.


SPIRITED RESOLUTIONS FOR 2019

Here, our friendly Skurnik spirits team reflects upon what we found ourselves most passionate about in 2018, and also what we hope to cheers with in the year ahead.


A WORLD OF WOOL & WHISKY

PRODUCER/S: Kilchoman Distillery

REGION: Islay, Scottland

Kilchoman Distillery was founded in 2005 and is the first distillery to be built on Islay for over 120 years. Kilchoman displays all that is great about the grass-roots traditions of Scotch whisky distilling.


BRANDY IS THE BEDROCK: A Q&A WITH CHARLES NEAL

PRODUCER/S: Domaine BoingneresChateau de RavignanChateau de BriatCalvados Adrien Camut

REGION: Armagnac & Cognac

Skurnik Wines and Spirits longest spirits partnership has been with importer and writer Charles Neal of Charles Neal Selections.


SPIRITS OF ANOTHER KIND


THE PAJAMA SPRITZ: AN INTRODUCTION

To spritz is to take a hand in one’s own destiny by stepping—lightly and effervescently—into the world of celebratory living. And it’s easy to do.


DELIGHTFUL DIVERSIONS AND DELICIOUS DRINKS – A LABOR DAY WEEKEND TRIBUTE!

PRODUCER/S:

We teamed up with some local bartenders to put together an array of thermometer-friendly Labor Day cocktail recommendations and pairings.


RESPECT TO THE MAESTROS: AGAVE, COMMUNITY AND SOCIOECONOMICS IN MEZCAL

PRODUCER/S:

REGION:

While agave production has created new international markets for Oaxaca, the quality of life for many who cultivate it is dire, and exploitation is rampant.


THE BITTER AND THE SWEET SIDE OF LIQUEURS: A LONG-LIVED TIPPLE

PRODUCER/S:


I’M NOT A PLAYER – I JUST SLUSH A LOT

PRODUCER/S:

It’s difficult not to conjure mirage-like visions of fruity, frozen concoctions when the summer sun bears down. Crank that AC and turn on the blender!


SAVE SOME BOOZE FOR THE SAUCE

PRODUCER/S:

For better or worse (mostly better), fermentation and the consumption of potable alcohol is one of the human race’s defining characteristics.


TOP RANKING: A DEEPER DIVE INTO THE MAGIC OF TRUE JAMAICAN RUM

PRODUCER/S: El Dorado, Worthy Park, Hampden Estate, Lemon Hart

REGION:

How Jamaican pot-still rum estates’ distinct “funky” flavor became synonymous with Jamaican rum and contributed to the island’s popularity for centuries.


BACK TO THE BEGINNING: VODKA’S LEGACY AND WHAT IT CAN TEACH US

PRODUCER/S: Square One, Helix,Hans Reisetbauer, Contratto, Neversink,Brennivin, Lustau, Brannland, Vicario, Giffard

REGION:

Vodka is the spirit of the unimaginative. When weaving liquid stories within a complex cocktail, what possible purpose could it serve?


BUBBLES & BOOZE: A NEW YEAR’S COCKTAIL PRIMER

PRODUCER/S: Rhum J.M., El Dorado, Lemorton, Caffo, Helix Vodka, Contratto, Medley Brothers, Giffard

To really kick 2018 off right, and lay 2017 to rest, we’re going to need both bubbles and booze.


DON’T CALL IT A COGNAC: BRANDY’S BEEN HERE FOR YEARS

PRODUCER/S: Dudognon, Fort Hamilton, Rum Fire, Grateaud, Rapa Giovanni

REGION:

When we look back on cocktail history, Cognac was king, and a cursory flip through some of the first drink tomes shows this to be true.


NOG, PUNCH & GLÖGG: HELPFUL HOLIDAY TIPPLES

PRODUCER/S: Contratto, Bigallet, Square One, El Dorado, Rhum JM, Fort Hamilton, Emilio Lustau, Barrel Bourbon, Vicario, Neversink, Pinot Project, Brennivin

‘Tis the season for entertaining. At Skurnik, we love the idea of a thoughtfully prepared…punch!


BOILERMAKERS: PART II

PRODUCER/S: Rum Fire, El Dorado, Chairmans Reserve, Antica Torino, Caffo, Agave de Cortes, Sweetdram, Hamilton Distillers, Del Bac,

Last time around, we focused on some classic combos. Whiskey and lager, bitter and cider, biere amer… standards of the style. This time, we’re going to get a little more creative with our match-ups.


THE ART OF INDEPENDENT BOTTLING: SINGLE CASK NATION

PRODUCER/S: Single Cask Nation

We sat down with Joshua Hatton, President and CEO of Single Cask Nation, in order to shed some light on the art of independent bottling.


LOW ABV LIBATIONS: PROOF IS IN THE COCKTAIL

PRODUCER/S: Contratto, Lustau, Vermouth Routin, Banzai, Contratto, Antica Torino

How can we incorporate delicious & traditional low-ABV beverages in innovative cocktails? We’ve asked bartenders for their favorite low-impact originals.


SKURNIK IN THE WELL: SOLID TO THE CORE

PRODUCER/S: Helix Vodka, Agave de Cortes, Azteca Azul, El Dorado, Medley Brothers

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Skurnik Wines & Spirits has specifically curated a portfolio able to meet the needs of every quality bar, restaurant or retailer and their programs.  Let’s examine some of the core brands that check those diverse boxes, and why they each deserve your consideration.


SUMMER LOVIN’: GREENMARKET COCKTAIL TIPS & TECHNIQUES

PRODUCER/S: Azteca Azul, Contratto, Giffard, Neversink, Agave de Cortes, Bigallet, Greenhook Ginsmiths, Chateau de Pellehaut, Helix Vodka, Vermouth Routin,

Nearly everything that’s coming up rosy right now at the greenmarket has a welcome home in our summer cocktails.


BRAIN FREEZE: BOOZY POPSICLES AND BLENDED DRINKS

PRODUCER/S: Selbach Oster, Aragoshi, Azteca Azul, Chairman’s Reserve, Square One, Greenhook, El Dorado, Hamilton Distillers, Giffard, Pinot Project

With temperatures climbing, nothing could be more refreshing than something frozen with a bit of alcohol or boozy popsicles!


SUMMERTIME COCKTAILS: A BOOZY BEACH DAY GUIDE

PRODUCER/S: Greenhook, Giffard, El Dorado, Rapa Giovanni

As always, we have you covered with seasonally appropriate libations to enjoy during this summer’s escapes to the shore.


BOILERMAKERS: PART I

PRODUCER/S: Medley Brothers, Bigallet, Contratto,  Brennivin, Agave de Cortes, Azteca Azul

Boilermakers retains one simple equation in its recipe; it’s a shot and a beer. The twists are endless, but the idea is the same.


APRIL SHOWERS: OUR FAVORITE FLORAL COCKTAILS

PRODUCER/S: Greenhook Ginsmiths, Neversink, Giffard, El Dorado, Hans Reisetbauer

We love flowers! Not just looking at, smelling, arranging, planting, stroking (just to see if they are real!), but we also love drinking them.


FARM TO BOTTLE: AN INTERVIEW WITH NEVERSINK SPIRITS

PRODUCER/S: Neversink Spirits

New York

The duo behind Neversink Spirits sat down with Skunik Spirits and answered some questions about the history of their inspiration, progress, and pitfalls.


THE DNA OF CARIBBEAN R(H)UM

PRODUCER/S: El Dorado, Hampden Estate, Barrell Rum, Rhum J.M, Chairman’s Reserve

REGION: Carribean

Let rum be rum! We buy a spiritual ticket to the Caribbean, every time we buy a bottle – come with us, take the ride.


IGNITE YOUR SPIRITS!

PRODUCER/S: Rhum J.M, Lemon Hart, Medley Brothers

Now, what will ignite your spirits the rest of this winter? We at Skurnik have a few ideas…


SPIRITS OF PASSION: A VALENTINE’S DAY GUIDE

PRODUCER/S: Square One Organic Spirits, Lustau, Giffard, Sweetdram, Bigallet, Neversink, Brennivin, Domaine de Montreuil

There are many herbs and spices of interest in our spirits portfolio that have especially appealing implications on an evening of romantic revelry.


SKURNIK COCKTAIL SERIES 🍹: AMER SOUR

PRODUCER/S: Bigallet, Grateaud

The Skurnik Spirits team is proud to present our SKURNIK COCKTAIL SERIES 🍹! Volume 8: AMER SOUR!

LINK TO YOUTUBE VIDEO


SKURNIK COCKTAIL SERIES 🍹: CRYSTALLINE COLLINS

PRODUCER/S: Brennivin, Giffard

The Skurnik Spirits team is proud to present our SKURNIK COCKTAIL SERIES 🍹! Volume 6: CRYSTALLINE COLLINS

LINK TO YOUTUBE VIDEO


WINTER WARMERS: COCKTAILS FOR HOLIDAY HOSTING

PRODUCER/S: Lemorton, El Dorado, Giffard, Rhum J.M, Medley Brothers, Contratto, El Dorado, Giffard,Reisetbauer, Rapa Giovanni, Lustau

This time of year is all about gathering, sharing & giving, and our Spirits team is here to help, with a few of our favorite cold weather holiday cocktails!


SKURNIK COCKTAIL SERIES 🍹: JET PILOT (C.1958)

PRODUCER/S: El Dorado, Lemon Hart

The Skurnik Spirits team is proud to present our SKURNIK COCKTAIL SERIES 🍹! Volume 6: JET PILOT!

LINK TO YOUTUBE VIDEO


SKURNIK SPIRITS HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

PRODUCER/S:

The holidays are a time of giving, and a time of sharing, and there’s hardly anything people love to receive (or to share) than a good bottle of booze!


SKURNIK COCKTAIL SERIES🍹: TWO THUMBS UP!

PRODUCER/S: Agave de Cortes, Alpe Genepy, Contratto

The Skurnik Spirits team is proud to present our SKURNIK COCKTAIL SERIES 🍹! Volume 5: TWO THUMBS UP!

LINK TO YOUTUBE VIDEO


CIDER COCKTAILS: MIXING WITH APPLES & PEARS!

PRODUCER/S: Chateau de Pellehaut, Rapa Giovanni, Astarbe Sagardotegia, Duche Loungeville, Bigallet

As the leaves turn among us, our thoughts turn to the comforts of fall flavors and a good, strong cocktail.


SKURNIK COCKTAIL SERIES🍹: PAN AM CLIPPER

PRODUCER/S: Lemorton, Neversink, Argala Pastis

The Skurnik Spirits team is proud to present our SKURNIK COCKTAIL SERIES 🍹! Volume 4: PAN AM CLIPPER

LINK TO YOUTUBE VIDEO


FIRESIDE CHATS: THE SPIRITS SPECIAL

PRODUCER/S: Lemorton, El Dorado, Adrien Camut, Contratto, Medley Brothers, Domaine de Montreuil

Let’s take a moment to explore some of our favorite options for fireside boozing.


SKURNIK COCKTAIL SERIES🍹: GRANDFATHER

PRODUCER/S: Neversink, Medley Brothers, Contratto

The Skurnik Spirits team is proud to present our SKURNIK COCKTAIL SERIES 🍹! Volume 3: Grandfather

LINK TO YOUTUBE VIDEO


SKURNIK COCKTAIL SERIES🍹: DISCOURSE ON A STORM

PRODUCER/S: Rhum J.M., El Dorado, Contratto, Lemon Hart

The Skurnik Spirits team is proud to present our SKURNIK COCKTAIL SERIES 🍹! Volume 2: DISCOURSE ON A STORM

LINK TO YOUTUBE VIDEO


HOME BAR ESSENTIALS: PART II

PRODUCER/S:

Assuming you joined us for Home Bar Essentials: Part I, it’s time we dug deeper to discuss techniques & tools that will put your home bar over the top.


SKURNIK COCKTAIL SERIES🍹: MARTINEZ  (VARIATION)

PRODUCER/S: Greenhook Ginsmiths, Rapa Giovanni, Contratto

The Skurnik Spirits team is proud to present our SKURNIK COCKTAIL SERIES 🍹! Volume 1: MARTINEZ

LINK TO YOUTUBE VIDEO


HOME BAR ESSENTIALS

PRODUCER/S:

Our guide to the ideal home bar setup – or at least, the bare minimum home bar setup to achieve the maximum home cocktail potential!


THREE DAYS IN OAXACA

PRODUCER/S: Agave de Cortes, El Jolgorio, Nuestra Soledad, Mezcalosfera, Real Minero

Mexico

Join us for a three-day dive into the wild world of Oaxaca, Mexico.


GREENHOOK GINSMITHS: AMERICA’S ONLY DEDICATED GIN DISTILLERY

PRODUCER/S: Greenhook Ginsmiths

REGION: Greenpoint, Brooklyn

There is only one gin distillery in America that is dedicated to its singular craft, Greenhook Ginsmiths.


RHUM AGRICOLE: GUADELOUPE & MARTINIQUE

PRODUCER/S: Rhum J.M.

REGION: Montagne Pelée, Martinique

Travel with us to Guadalupe & Martinique! We visit Distillerie Damoiseau & Rhum J.M and explore what makes Rhum Agricole such a unique spirits.


EL DORADO RUM: A TASTE OF DEMERARA

PRODUCER/S: El Dorado Rum

REGION: Guyana

Diamond Distillery, producers of El Dorado Rum is the last Demerara rum distillery in Guyana – the only home of Demerara sugar.


THE MAGICAL MEZCAL MYSTERY TOUR

PRODUCER/S: Agave de Cortes, El Jolgorio, Nuestra Soledad

REGION: Oaxaco, Mexico

Mezcal is an incredibly terroir-driven spirit, and it is nothing short of a miracle that any of this precious juice makes it into the United States.


CINCO DE MAYO: THE LEGEND, THE SPIRITS, THE PARTY

PRODUCER/S: Azteca Azul, Agave de Cortes, El Jolgorio, Nuestra Soledad,Real Minero

REGION: Mexico

Cinco de Mayo is a holiday that celebrates the spirit of Mexico! It’s only fitting that we should celebrate the spirits of Mexico!


AXBERG VODKA: PRECISION AND PURITY FROM HANS REISETBAUER

PRODUCER/S: Axberg Vodka

REGION: Austria

A true farm-to-bottle distillate, Reisetbauer Axberg Vodka exhibits the precision and purity expected from the Mühlviertel Maestro.


WINTER COCKTAILS WITH ADAM SCHUMAN

PRODUCER/S: Rossa Amaro,  Greenhook Ginsmiths, Lemorton Calvados, Rhum J.M 

Adam Schuman, Spirits Portfolio Manager at Skurnik Wines, shares winter cocktails to try at home.


SQUARE ONE ORGANIC VODKA: INSPIRED BY THE GARDEN AND THE ART OF MIXOLOGY

PRODUCER/S: Square One Organic Spirits

REGION: Idaho

Square One Organic Vodka is a premium spirit made from 100% organic rye and pristine water from the Teton Mountains. The quality of Square One Rye Vodka is the direct result of the painstaking, sustainable decisions made through farming, fermentation, and distillation.


USA

“IN HIS OWN WORDS” AN INTERVIEW WITH SEAN MINOR

PRODUCER/S: Sean Minor

REGION: California

A sit down with Sean Minor highlighting how he got into wine, his signature wine series and working closely with his wife, Nicole and their small team.


“IN HIS OWN WORDS” AN INTERVIEW WITH RUDY MARCHESI OF MONTINORE ESTATE

PRODUCER/S: Montinore

REGION: Oregon

Montinore is one of the largest producers of certified estate wines made from biodynamic grapes in the country, with a total of 230 acres under their stewardship.


“IN HIS OWN WORDS” AN INTERVIEW WITH SEAN CAPIAUX, WINEMAKER AT CAPIAUX CELLARS AND O’SHAUGHNESSY ESTATE WINERY

PRODUCER/S: Capiaux CellarsO’Shaughnessy

REGION: Monterey, California

Sean’s winemaking style is a blend of classic and contemporary; cutting edge equipment and meticulous processes are paired with hands-on and minimalistic winemaking techniques. His philosophy is to produce wines that express the unique terroir from which they came.


USA SUMMER TRIP: THE LEGENDS TOUR 2019

PRODUCER/S: Kistler, Corison, Bonny Doon Vineyard, Ramey Wine Cellars, Martinelli Winery, Continuum Estate,

REGION: California

Skurnik Wines was founded in 1987 with six small California wineries – a couple of which are still with us decades later – and our American portfolio has only gotten stronger over the years.  This post details our trip to California in Summer 2019.


THE PINOT PROJECT: WINE FOR THE PALATE, THE POCKET, AND THE PEOPLE

PRODUCER/S: The Pinot Project

REGION: California

When Michael & Harmon Skurnik started The Pinot Project in 2009, it was to answer a call from their customers in New York who were looking for great quality Pinot Noir at a reasonable price.


HANZELL VINEYARDS: TIMELESS EXPRESSION OF SONOMA

PRODUCER/S: Hanzell

REGION: Sonoma

Today, Hanzell is a 200-acre estate – a true “bio-farm” and a truly spectacular place; alongside the 46 acres of vines, one will find pigs, chickens, turkeys, sheep, and deer roaming through the fields, a fully productive garden that feeds the Hanzell staff year-round and not a trace of chemical or pesticide in sight.


MEET THE 2ND GENERATION OF FOUR NEW WORLD ICONS: KISTLER, RAMEY, TURLEY, AND HIRSCH

PRODUCER/S: Occidental VineyardsKistler VineyardsRameyTurleyHirsch

REGION: California

We interviewed the new generation of proprietors from some of our most successful American wineries – Catherine Kistler, Claire and Alan Ramey, Christina and Whitney Turley, and Jasmine Hirsch – to find out about their experiences and what eventually led them to following in their parents’ footsteps.


THE REALITY OF RIESLING: HOW OUR PRODUCERS ARE CHANGING THE LANDSCAPE OF A CHALLENGED VARIETY

PRODUCER/S: RavinesHermann J. Wiemer

REGION: Finger Lakes

American Riesling belongs in a category all its own and we’ve invested considerable energy, time and passion into our partnerships throughout this burgeoning region, especially with Ravines, Hermann J. Wiemer and Standing Stone Vineyards.


BRUCE SCHNEIDER: AN INSUPPRESSIBLE ENTREPRENEUR FINDS HIS GROOVE (FOR NOW)

PRODUCER/S: Bieler, Onabay, Gotham Project

REGION: Finger Lakes, Long Island, Spain, Argentina, Sonoma

It might sound like New Age mumbo jumbo when someone tells you that they’re “…trying to do less,” but when Bruce Schneider says it – it seems fair.


“IN HIS OWN WORDS” THE ARTS AND CRAFTS OF TYLER’S JUSTIN WILLETT

PRODUCER/S: Tyler

REGION: California

Few of California’s young winemakers possess the regional mastery illustrated by the work of Justin Willett, who shares his story on #skurnikunfiltered.


INTRODUCING CARACCIOLI: FARMER FIZZ FINDS A FRAMEWORK IN CALIFORNIA

PRODUCER/S: Caraccioli Cellars

REGION: California

The Caraccioli family have been farmers in the Salinas Valley for generations, and in 2006 Gary convinced his brother Phil and his uncle Jim to take some of the acreage they had in the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA, that wasn’t really suitable for most kinds of agriculture, and turn it into a vineyard.


ZINFANDEL: AMERICAN HERITAGE IN A GLASS

PRODUCER/S:  TurleyRobert Biale VineyardsThe TerracesHendryGreen & RedMartinelliDashe CellarsFaillaDAY

REGION:

With its increasing demand in the mid-20th century, Zinfandel was planted in new climates and soils where production was ramped up to excess and the resulting wines were less than ideal. But, in the 1990s and beyond, as premium wine producers began to take care of the grape and lessen their yields, the wine community fell in love with the grape all over again.


A RETURN TO CLASSIC: THE STYLISTIC EVOLUTION OF CALIFORNIA WINE

PRODUCER/S: Mindego RidgeMindego RidgeA Tribute to GraceCeritasSandhi

REGION: California

California has been in the spotlight, leading the way toward a return to a lower alcohol, higher acid, more mineral-driven winemaking style than in the previous two decades. While it might be colloquially referred to as a “new wave” movement, there is nothing really new about it – rather, it is a return to a more classic, Californian “Old World” style…


AMERICAN RIESLING: DEFINING A NOBLE GRAPE ON AMERICAN SOIL

PRODUCER/S: Hermann WiemerOvumTatomer,

REGION: New York, Oregon, California

We can better understand the evolution of Riesling in the United States through the lens of three wineries producing wines worthy of the world stage: Weimer, Ovum & Tatomer


AMERICAN WINEMAKER VIDEO SERIES: DAVID AND JASMINE HIRSCH

PRODUCER/S: Hirsch Vineyard

REGION: California

In June, 2018, we were fortunate to have David and Jasmine come to our NYC headquarters to present a vertical tasting of their wines.

LINK TO YOUTUBE VIDEO – JASMINE INTERVIEW

LINK TO YOUTUBE VIDEO – FULL HIRSCH SEMINAR


“GOING TO THE WOODS IS GOING HOME”: PEAY VINEYARDS AND THE CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN WINE ESTATE

PRODUCER/S: Peay

REGION: California

“Nobody else has my fifty-one acres,” Andy Peay exclaims – a statement of pride that appears to humble him as he says it.


WHERE THE HILLS MEET THE SEA: TYLER WINERY’S EXPLORATION OF SANTA BARBARA COUNTY

PRODUCER/S: Tyler

REGION: California

Few of California’s young winemakers possess the regional mastery that is illustrated by the work of Justin Willett, of Tyler winery.


INTRODUCING MAYACAMAS: 128 YEARS, SINGULAR & RESILIENT

PRODUCER/S: Mayacamas Vineyards

REGION: California

We are proud to announce the addition of Mayacamas Vineyards to the Skurnik Portfolio!


INTRODUCING ASHES & DIAMONDS: COLLABORATION AND REVERENCE IN NAPA VALLEY

PRODUCER/S: Ashes & Diamonds

REGION: California

Ashes & Diamonds, “a love letter to the Napa Valley of the 1960s,” has set out to revive this storied era’s pioneering energy by celebrating collaboration.


AMERICAN WINEMAKER VIDEO SERIES: FRED MERWARTH OF HERMANN J. WIEMER

PRODUCER/S: Hermann J. Weimer

REGION: Finger Lakes, NY

Fred Merwarth reminds us that winemaking is both a reverent glimpse into our past and an unshakeable pursuit of experimentation and progress.

LINK TO YOUTUBE VIDEO


ALTERNATIVE VARIETIES: AN EXPLORATION OF HERITAGE AND INNOVATION IN AMERICAN WINE

PRODUCER/S: Lang & Reed Wine Co, Ferdinand, Dashe Cellars, Brick House

REGION: California

Califonia winemakers seek “alternative” varieties as inspiration for their young wineries and often to complement to an existing portfolio of core wines.


CEASELESS WILD: A TRIBUTE TO GRACE & THE GRENACHE OF CALIFORNIA

PRODUCER/S: A Tribute to Grace

REGION: California

Angela Osborne of A Tribute to Grace  teaches us that Grenache – ebullient and unbridled, in the fields, the barrel, the glass – must be confronted with intention and finesse.


AMERICAN WINEMAKER VIDEO SERIES: JOHN RAYTEK

PRODUCER/S: Ceritas

REGION: California

John Raytek’s story is one of quiet and individual perseverance – a humble and focused pursuit in the artistry of place.

LINK TO YOUTUBE VIDEO


AMERICAN WINEMAKER VIDEO SERIES: EHREN JORDAN

PRODUCER/S: DAY by Ehren Jordan

REGION: California

Celebrated for a career that has traversed varieties and styles, appellations and countries, Ehren Jordan is a high-wire act.

LINK TO YOUTUBE VIDEO


SKURNIK WINES WEST ROAD TRIP!

In June we hit the road in California to properly introduce ourselves with a series of tastings in San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego. We hope everyone who attended had as much fun as we did!


AMERICAN WINEMAKER VIDEO SERIES: TEGAN PASSALACQUA

PRODUCER/S:  Turley Wine Cellars

REGION: California

A third generation son of Napa, but the first winemaker of his family, Tegan navigates the state’s diverse Zinfandel plantings as if they were in his childhood backyard (and some, more or less, are). He does so as the winemaker of Turley Wine Cellars.

LINK TO YOUTUBE VIDEO


AMERICAN WINEMAKER VIDEO SERIES: DAVID RAMEY

PRODUCER/S: David Ramey

REGION: California

Few winemakers have been as formative in establishing the modern voice of California wine as David Ramey.

LINK TO YOUTUBE VIDEO


AMERICAN WINEMAKER VIDEO SERIES: TIM MONDAVI

PRODUCER/S: Continuum

REGION: California

From up on Pritchard Hill, east of Napa’s valley floor, Tim Mondavi can tell a story of nearly one hundred years and three generations – now four.

LINK TO YOUTUBE VIDEO


AMERICAN WINEMAKER VIDEO SERIES: DOUG TUNNELL

PRODUCER/S: Brick House Wine Co

REGION: Oregon

Doug Tunnell’s  passion for wine was cultivated during his stations for CBS in Germany and France. In 1998, he learned that Burgundy’s Domaine Drouhin had purchased property in Oregon’s Willamette Valley –  where his own story began.

LINK TO YOUTUBE VIDEO


AMERICAN WINEMAKER VIDEO SERIES: CATHY CORISON

PRODUCER/S: Cathy Corison

REGION: California

The first Napa Cabernet in our portfolio, Cathy Corison’s wine has been an unwavering testament to the power of restraint, elegance, and purity.

LINK TO YOUTUBE VIDEO


AMERICAN WINEMAKER VIDEO SERIES: RANDALL GRAHM

PRODUCER/S: Bonny Doon Vineyard

REGION: USA

Making wine, or drinking it, often leaves us with more questions than answers. Few winemakers celebrate this ineffability as gracefully as Randall Grahm.

LINK TO YOUTUBE VIDEO


AMERICAN WINEMAKER VIDEO SERIES: SASHI MOORMAN

PRODUCER/S: Sandhi Wines 

REGION: California

Sashi Moorman is a winemaker. And, in navigating the Sta. Rita Hills and their surrounds, a rather adept geographer, historian, geologist, and storyteller, too. Sashi’s wines are unrelenting works of intricate engagement with terroir.

LINK TO YOUTUBE VIDEO


STONY HILL VINEYARD: PIONEERS OF SPRING MOUNTAIN

PRODUCER/S: Stony Hill Vineyard

REGION: California

The lean, bright, and age-worthy wines of Stony Hill honored the great wines of the Old World, and were recognized as such from the very first vintage.


TECTONIC ORIGINS: A GLIMPSE INTO STA. RITA HILLS

PRODUCER/S: Sandhi Wines

REGION: Santa Rita Hills, CA

The wines of Sta. Rita Hills remind us that great wines can share the story of a place, its land and its people.


ZINFANDEL: AMERICAN HERITAGE IN A GLASS

PRODUCER/S: Turley, Biale Vineyards, The Terraces, Martinelli, Dashe, Failla

REGION: USA

Since its earliest mentions in horticultural catalogs of the 1820s, Zinfandel has been claimed as America’s own wine variety.


THIS MUST BE THE PLACE: HOMESTEADING WITH FAVIA WINES

PRODUCER/S: Favia Wines

REGION: Napa, CA

The Carbone winery, built in Coombsville in 1886, is standing proof of a history of self-reliance. In the hands of Favia Wines it will be a legacy, too.


RAD DAD WINES: FATHER’S DAY SELECTIONS FROM THE USA

PRODUCER/S: Cristom, Ramey, Sidebar, Lang & Reed, Ken Wright, Januik, Robert Biale

REGION: USA

For Father’s Day we celebrate some of our excellent domestic wines that are made by fathers whose children are also involved in their family’s wineries!


THE STORY OF THE BLACK CHICKEN

PRODUCER/S: Robert Biale Vineyards

REGION: Napa

The tale behind Robert Biale’s Zinfandel named “Black Chicken”


TALLEY VINEYARDS: A RICH HISTORY IN THE ARROYO GRANDE VALLEY

PRODUCER/S: Talley Vineyards

REGION: California

The Talley family owns 190 acres of grapes across six unique vineyards located in the Arroyo Grande Valley as well as the neighboring Edna Valley.


THE ORIGINS OF OREGON: A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE WILLAMETTE VALLEY

PRODUCER/S: Patricia Green Cellars, Shea Wine Cellars, Brick House Vineyards, Cristom Vineyards, Soter Vineyards

REGION: Willamette Valley, OR

Early settlers hung their hats on the noble Pinot Noir, which continues to be the driving force behind the Willamette Valley wine industry.


OCCIDENTAL WINES: THE LEGACY OF STEVE KISTLER

PRODUCER/S: Occidental Winery 

REGION: California

Occidental, on the far reaches of the Sonoma Coast, is the where Steve Kistler decided to put his own roots down after 35 years of experience.


GOTHAM PROJECT: WINE ON TAP, JUST AS IT ALWAYS WAS, AGAIN

PRODUCER/S: Gotham Project 

REGION: North Fork, LI

Gotham Project’s goal is to improve the wine industry, and the world, through wine on tap, one glass at a time.

GREECE, SPAIN, PORTUGAL, CIDER

FRESH FROM THE ALENTEJO: ANTA DE CIMA!

PRODUCER/S: Anta de Cima

REGION: Portugal (Alentejo)

We’re thrilled to welcome the beautiful wines of Anta de Cima to the Skurnik portfolio from a region of Portugal new to many: the Alentejo!


CHURCHILL’S: PORT ON A HUMAN SCALE

PRODUCER/S: Churchill’s Port

REGION: Douro

We here at Skurnik are turning our gaze northwest towards that other great fortified wine of the Iberian peninsula: Churchill’s Port!


CLEAN SLATE — THE GALVANIZING GODELLO OF A COROA

PRODUCER/S: A Coroa

REGION: Valdeorras

A Coroa’s crop, one of the lowest-yielded in the entire appellation, is hand-harvested. Autochthonous yeasts propagated via pied de cuve carry out the alcoholic fermentations, and the intrinsically low malic acidity of the Godello variety allows for a natural eschewal of malolactic fermentation. This, along with cool and reductive élevage, furnish the estate Godello with a piercingly focused brilliance.


A SEVEN-YEAR-OLD EIGHT-YEAR-OLD WINE

PRODUCER/S: Bodegas Barbadillo

REGION: Cádiz

This lot of Manzanilla En Rama Saca de Invierno 2012 from Barbadillo is akin to the proverbial yard sale Jackson Pollock – one man’s trash is another man’s treasure…


IN A KINGDOM BY THE SEA: THE WINES OF BODEGAS BARBADILLO

PRODUCER/S: Bodegas Barbadillo

REGION: Vinho Verde

Bodegas Barbadillo is now in its seventh generation, making it one of the oldest privately-held companies in any sector in Spain.


APHROS: GODS OF THE FOAM

PRODUCER/S: Aphros

REGION:

Founded in 2002, Aphros is a project designed to combine ecological and economical aspects to create true sustainability. Their belief is that nature and labor should combine in a meaningful way and they seek to capture this through Biodynamic viticulture, letting the uniqueness of the land shine through the fruit for inimitable wines. Loureiro and Vinhão have grown in these vineyards for centuries and serve as the reference point for the region.


THE GOLDEN APPLES OF THE SUN: A QUICK TOUR OF SKURNIK’S BURGEONING CIDER PORTFOLIO

PRODUCER/S: Farnum HillEve’s CideryKite & StringFinnriverAstarbe SagardotegiaBrännland CiderPerry’s

The first new crops of Mutsu, Macoun, and the rest of the gang hint at the impending onslaught of snacking apples, and as the autumnal chill descends, CIDER ascends its seasonal throne. (We implore the use of cider at table as a year-round beverage, but there’s almost no resisting its fall inevitability. No one’s telling you to stop drinking rosé in the summertime, after all.)


THE LOST WORLD: PRE-PHYLLOXERA ALBARIÑO IN THE VAL DO SALNÉS

PRODUCER/S: Atalier by Raúl Pérez

REGION: Rias Baixas

The 2017 ‘A Cruz das Ánimas’ from Atalier by Raúl Pérez is a vanishingly rare example of the heights that old-vine Albariño can reach.


SPANISH SINGLE VINEYARDS: READY TO MINGLE

PRODUCER/S: Bodegas y Viñedos ArtadiFinca Torremilanos

REGION: Rioja

In such a world, it may yet come as a surprise to learn that Spanish wine, too, is made in the vineyard. Or at least it can be.


“AN EMOTIONAL FOOTPRINT”: SARA PÉREZ, RENÉ BARBIER AND VENUS LA UNIVERSAL

PRODUCER/S: Venus La Universal

REGION: Montsant

Husband and wife team Sara Pérez and René Barbier (Fils) are the children of two of the great pioneers of the Priorat D.O., Josep Lluis Pérez of Mas Martinet and René Barbier of Clos Mogador. Sara and René are both very well respected vignerons in their own right, so it seemed natural that they should start a project together. For this project, they decided to stake their claim not in Priorat, but in the slightly sleepier D.O. of Monsant.


CHECKING IN WITH RAVENTÓS I BLANC

PRODUCER/S: Raventós i Blanc

REGION: Conca del Riu Anoia

It’s been a while since we trained our eye on one of the very nearest and dearest of all estates to the collective Skurnik heart: Raventós i Blanc.


FINCA TORREMILANOS: A GEM HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT

PRODUCER/S: Finca Torremilanos

REGION: Ribera del Duero

As of 2015, the entire Finca Torremilanos estate farms on Demeter-certified biodynamic principles—a first in the entire appellation.


AVANT-GARDE ALAVESA: BODEGAS Y VIÑEDOS ARTADI

PRODUCER/S: Bodegas y Viñedos Artadi

REGION: Rioja

In 1985, Juan Carlos López de Lacalle, a native of Laguardia in the Basque section of Rioja, the Alavesa, laid the foundations for what is known today as Bodegas y Viñedos Artadi.


THE DIAMOND’S EDGE: A SOJOURN IN GREECE WITH DIAMOND IMPORTS

PRODUCER/S: MylonasAlpha Estate, Alexakis, Douloufakis Winery, Domaine Karydas, Kir-Yianni, Domaine Skouras, Santo Wines, Domaine Sigalas, Vassaltis Vineyards

REGION: Greece

What would we discover traveling Greece with Diamond Imports? The answer, ranging through five administrative regions and several climate zones, was more complex than we thought.


SKURNIK WINES WELCOMES RAÚL PÉREZ TO OUR NATIONAL IMPORTS PORTFOLIO

PRODUCER/S: Bodegas y Viñedos Raúl Pérez 

REGION: Bierzo

Two Days on the road with Raúl Pérez!


INTRODUCING ASTARBE SAGARDOTEGIA!

PRODUCER/S: Astarbe Sagardotegia

REGION: Basque Country

Cider has been produced at the Mendiola farmhouse in Astigarraga by members of the Astarbe family for close to five centuries.


VENUS LA UNIVERSAL: A PASSION PROJECT BORNE OF LOVE

PRODUCER/S: Venus La Universal 

REGION: Montsant, Catalunya

Organics and sustainability are not a sales pitch for Venus la Universal, they are a way of life.


DOMAINE SIGALAS AND THE MAGIC OF SANTORINI

PRODUCER/S: Domain Sigalas

REGION: Oia, Santorini, Greece

Paris Sigalas is widely considered to be the top producer on Santorini, and many call him the greatest producer of white wines in all of Greece.

ITALY

AR.PE.PE: THE NEW DAWN OF NEBBIOLO FROM VALTELLINA

PRODUCER/S:  Ar. Pe. Pe

REGION: Valtellina, Lombardia

Again and again, what should have been a classic Greek tragedy instead turned into the vinous underdog story of all time: AR.PE.PE.


TOUR THE VINEYARDS OF SOTTIMANO WITH ANDREA

PRODUCER/S: Sottimano

REGION: Piedmont

Andrea Sottimano, from quarantine in the hills of Neive, Barbaresco, would like to share his thoughts on some of his newest releases with you!


ALTO PIEMONTE: A REGION ON THE RISE

PRODUCER/S: Tiziano MazzoniVallanaAntoniolo

REGION: Alto Piemonte

Over the last two decades the Alto Piemonte has experienced a renaissance, with the next generation discovering a newfound passion for the countryside and its wines.


BUON NATALE 2019: CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS FROM OUR ITALIAN WINEMAKERS’ TABLE TO YOURS!

PRODUCER/S: Luigi VogheraWassererhofCavalchinaValle Dell’Acate

Great wines are made by passionate, attentive, meticulous, and loving hands. And it never hurts to remember that our wonderful winemakers are people who come in from the fields every day and look forward, as we do, to a moment of respite, to time spent with good food around a table with those whom they love most.


SARDINIA’S BEST-KEPT SECRET – THE VERMENTINO OF SURRAU

PRODUCER/S: Surrau

REGION: Sardinia

Surrau is located at the entranceway to Sardinia’s Emerald Coast in the northeast corner of the island in the heart of the Gallura appellation. Its perfect position, tucked between the Limbara massif with its granite peaks, and the crystalline waters of the Mediterranean, provides a perfect growing area for both whites and reds of extraordinary elegance.


MOCCAGATTA: A SIX VINTAGE VERTICAL ARRIVES FROM ONE OF BARBARESCO’S STORIED CRUS!

PRODUCER/S: Moccagatta

REGION: Barbaresco, Piedmont

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to taste the history of the Muncagöta cru, brought to you by people who sleep, eat, and breathe this particular hill of Barbaresco.


DREAMING WITH GINI: SANDRO’S SOAVE SECRET

PRODUCER/S: Gini

REGION: Soave, Veneto

Gini’s organically farmed, old vine, volcanic hillside vineyards are quietly making some of the best white wines in the appellation— if not all of Italy. Case in point, Gini’s entry-level Soave Classico 2016 was recognized by Wine Spectator with 90 points and included in their “Top 100 Wines of 2017”.


MALVIRÀ: THE LAST GREAT STASH OF CELLAR-AGED OLDER WINES IN PIEDMONT?!

PRODUCER/S: Malvira

REGION: Piedmont

We are happy to share what may be the last “great stash” in Piedmont from our friends at Malvirà, from the exceptional vineyards of San Michele, Trinità and Renesio.


ALBERICO: THE LEGENDARY WINES OF THE PRINCE OF VENOSA!

PRODUCER/S: Alberico

REGION: Lazio

As happens all too often, the wines of Alberico passed into legend only after their creator, the prince of Venosa, had left this earthly world behind. The prince was an eccentric recluse who had planted Bordeaux varieties on his estate at the gates of Rome in Lazio in the late 1940s. To quote Eric Asimov of The New York Times…


BUON NATALE 2018: CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS FROM OUR ITALIAN WINEMAKERS’ TABLE TO YOURS!

For our 3rd Annual “Buon Natale” post, we thought it a perfect opportunity to check in with some of our newest Italian producers to the Skurnik family: BiancaVigna, Benito Ferrara, Torre Raone, and Malvirà. Each producer was kind enough to offer their family’s holiday traditions and favorite recipes, which we are thrilled to share with you.


PIAGGIA & THE HIDDEN TREASURE OF CARMIGNANO DOCG

PRODUCER/S: Piaggia

REGION:


GRAND CRU PUGLIA: THE WINES OF COSIMO TAURINO

PRODUCER/S: Cosimo Taurino

REGION: Puglia

The Taurino family’s respect for terroir and for native grapes is inspiring, and their impact on the vinous history of Puglia is undoubtable.


BACK TO THE FUTURE OF SOAVE (AND VALPOLICELLA)!

PRODUCER/S: Gini

REGION: Soave

Refined, distinctive, and so unlike the Valpolicella that flood our market, the aim of these wines is nothing short of redefining the appellation.


E. PIRA – CHIARA BOSCHIS: NOW A FAMILY AFFAIR!

PRODUCER/S: E Pira – Chiara Boschis

REGION: Piedmont

Chiara Boschis: rock star, rebel, feminist, pioneer, entrepreneur, iconoclast—these are just a few terms that come to mind when considering this prestigious Barolo producer.


FAMIGLIA STATELLA ON MOUNT ETNA: “A STAR IS BORN”!

PRODUCER/S: Famiglia Statella

REGION: Etna, Sicily

It’s with these words “A star is born” that Vinous has blessed the very first vintage of Calogero Statella’s very own estate.


TENUTA SANTA MARIA DI GAETANO BERTANI: A KEY ESTATE IN ITALIAN HISTORY, CULTURE, AND WINE

PRODUCER/S: Tenuta Santa Maria

REGION: Veneto

Imagine there was a family estate in our portfolio whose impact was so great that it shaped the culture, history, and wine of Italy…


BUON NATALE 2017: CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS FROM OUR ITALIAN WINEMAKERS’ TABLE TO YOURS!

PRODUCER/S: Rocca di Montegrossii, FioriniCigliuti

We thought the holidays were a great opportunity to check in with a few of our favorite Italian producers to ask: What’s your favorite holiday tradition?


MOLETTIERI: MAESTRO OF MONTEMARANO

PRODUCER/S: Molettieri

REGION: Campania

Molettieri is one of the most fascinating young producers to come out of Campania … [and] one of my favorite[s].”—Antonio Galloni


CAVALLOTTO: THE LEGEND OF BRICCO BOSCHIS

PRODUCER/S: Cavallotto

REGION: Piedmont

At Cavallotto all farming is done organically and the focus on expressing their wine’s sense of place continues with 100% estate owned and farmed fruit.


VOLIERO: THE HIGH FLYING COUSIN OF UCCELLIERA!

PRODUCER/S: Voliero

REGION: Tuscany

The Voliero is made from one of the most prestigious vineyards on the northern side of Montalcino.


ROCCA DI MONTEGROSSI: BENCHMARK CHIANTI CLASSICO

PRODUCER/S: Rocca di Montegrossi

REGION: Tuscany

The Ricasoli name is inextricably linked not only to the history of Chianti, but also to the history of Tuscany.


TWO DAYS IN THE ALTO ADIGE

PRODUCER/S: Ansitz WaldgriesWassererhofAbbazia di Novacella

REGION: Alto Adige

Join us on a two-day tour as we explore Italy’s northernmost point, the region of Alto Adige which has always existed as a cultural crossroads.


WELCOME BACK TO SKURNIK: LE POTAZZINE

PRODUCER/S: Le Potazzine

REGION: Montalcino

Le Potazzine, one of the rising stars of Montalcino, produces wines that are laser pure expressions of their Montalcino terroir.


CIGLIUTI: PURITY AND TERROIR IN BARBARESCO

PRODUCER/S: Renato Cigliuti

REGION: Piedmont

Renato Cigliuti may produce some of the best damn Barbaresco you’ve never heard of, but he is, first and foremost, a farmer.


BUON NATALE 2016: CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS FROM OUR ITALIAN WINEMAKERS’ TABLE TO YOURS!

PRODUCER/S: MolinoVallanaUccellieraPaolo Scavino

This year, we asked a few of our producers to share their holiday traditions with us.


THE LEGEND OF VALLANA: AN EIGHT DECADE VERTICAL TASTING WITH FRANCIS FOGARTY VALLANA

PRODUCER/S: Vallana

REGION: Piedmont

On Wednesday, November 9th, Skurnik Wines had the great pleasure of hosting an eight decade vertical tasting of the wines of Vallana.


GINI: FAMILY & TRADITION IN SOAVE

PRODUCER/S: Gini

REGION: Soave, Veneto

The Gini family has roots in Soave Classico dating from the 1700s and owns 25ha of vineyards situated on the very best hillside position of the appellation.


PAOLO SCAVINO: BAROLO IS THE FAMILY BUSINESS

PRODUCER/S: Paolo Scavino

REGION: Piedmont

Elisa Scavino of Paolo Scavino discusses her family’s rich history in the Barolo village of Castiglione Falletto & estate’s diverse, terroir-driven Barolos.

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THREE DAYS IN THE LANGHE

PRODUCER/S: Andrea Sottimano, Cavalotto, Paolo Scavino, Mauro Molino, Giacomo Fenocchio, Elio Altare, Ccontratto

REGION: Langhe

The Langhe, which encompasses the wine-growing areas of both Barolo and Barbaresco, has become more accessible to tourists than ever before.


UNDISCOVERED ITALY: THE CLASSIC BRUNELLO OF ENZO TIEZZI

PRODUCER/S: Tiezzi

REGION: Tuscany

The Tiezzi estate is four small farms in two different locations that were brought together under the doctor’s vast experience.


TERENZUOLA: WHERE THE ALPS AND THE MEDITERRANEAN MEET

PRODUCER/S: Terenzuola

REGION: Liguria, Tuscany

At once both Tuscan and Ligurian, the wines of Terenzuola reflect the dualTerenzuolaMapity of their terroir.


TERRE NERE: AN ERUPTION OF ELEGANCE FROM ETNA

PRODUCER/S: Terre Nerre

REGION: Etna, Sicily

The Terre Nere estate stands at roughly 21 hectares, of which 15 are planted to vines. Production is simple, classic, and Burgundian in style.

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EMBRACING VALUE IN THE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE

PRODUCER/S: Mount RileyVina MaitiaAltos Las HormigasHapps WinesKloof StreetPrisma

REGIONS: New Zealand, Chile, Argentina, Australia, South Africa

While we continue to fight alongside our winemakers each and every day to reshape public perception of the Southern Hemisphere and afford them proper recognition for the terroir-driven wines they produce, the current health crisis we’re enduring here in New York City and around the world has us simply appreciative of the incredible values we have in our portfolio.


“IN HER OWN WORDS” ANDREA MULLINEUX ON LEEU PASSANT

PRODUCER/S: MullineuxLeeu PassantKloof Street

REGION:

Andrea Mullineux – winemaker & proprietor behind Mullineux, Kloof Street, and The Fog Monster – shares the inspiration and process behind the Mullineux family’s newest project; Leeu Passant, an exploration of Cape wine heritage and an homage to the pioneers of the South African wine scene.


AUSSIE SPOTLIGHT: BEN HAINES – VICTORIA

PRODUCER/S: Ben Haines

REGION: Victoria, Austrailia

Aussie Spotlight on Skurnik Unfiltered is back, this time featuring Victoria-based winemaker and viticulturist Ben Haines!


INTRODUCING MULLINEUX: TRUE EXPRESSION OF SWARTLAND TERROIR

PRODUCER/S: MullineuxLeeu PassantKloof Street

REGION: The Swartland, South Africa

We are very proud and excited to announce Mullineux as the newest addition to the Skurnik Wines national import & distribution portfolio.


AUSSIE SPOTLIGHT: MOOROODUC ESTATE – MORNINGTON PENINSULA, VICTORIA

PRODUCER/S: Moorooduc Estate

REGION: Victoria, Austrailia

Moorooduc Estate is a small, family-run winery on the Mornington Peninsula in Southern Victoria, established in 1981 by Richard and Jill McIntyre.


TZORA VINEYARDS: THE FUTURE IS BRIGHT IN THE JUDEAN HILLS

PRODUCER/S: Tzora Vineyards 

REGION: Judean Hills

Tzora Vineyards is at the forefront of the burgeoning Israeli wine scene centered in the Judean Hills.


THE COOL, COASTAL WINE WORLD OF CHILE

PRODUCER/S: Kingston Family Vineyards, Prisma, Tres Palacios, Aupa

REGION: Chile

Let’s delve into the wine world of Chile; the country with the longest north-south coastline in the world and a unique variety of coastal wines.


BURN COTTAGE: EXCELLENCE IN BIODYNAMICS & PINOT NOIR

PRODUCER/S: Burn Cottage 

REGION: Central Otago, New Zealand

Burn Cottage is a 28 hectare vineyard, farm, and estate in the foothills of the Pisa range in Central Otago, New Zealand.


A NEW AUSTRALIA: LITTLE PEACOCK IMPORTS DELIVERS A FRESH TAKE DOWN UNDER

PRODUCER/S: Ashbrook EstateBen HainesBest’s Great WesternBeelgaraHappsLeconfieldMoorooduc EstatePicardyPunt Road

REGION: Australia

Skurnik Wines & Little Peacock Imports work together to bring new, balanced Australian wines to the market.


MOUNT RILEY: A FAMILY WINERY IN THE HEART OF MARLBOROUGH

PRODUCER/S: Mount Riley 

REGION: Marlborough, New Zealand

Mount Riley is a family owned and operated vineyard in the heart of Marlborough, New Zealand

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SKURNIK IN ONE WORD

We asked our employees and producers “In one word, what does Skurnik mean to you?” Here’s what they had to say…


SKURNIK: IT’S ABOUT THE WINE AND THE PEOPLE

We are proud to release this latest video, which pays homage to our family of talented and amazing employees! Without them, we would be nothing. For all you do, this wine’s for you!


SKURNIK WINES & SPIRITS: CELEBRATING 30 YEARS!

It’s been a wild ride! Special thanks to all our customers, winemakers and employees, without whom we wouldn’t be here today to celebrate this milestone!