News Archives: Japan

7 Things We Would Have Loved to Pour for You At Our 2021 GPT

9 Things We Would Have Loved to Pour for You At Our 2021 GPT 9

Think of this as our monthly answer to, ’so what have you been into lately?’ — fresh updates from Portfolio Managers with unfiltered intel on why we’re drinking what we are. Last year we kicked off the new decade with our 2020 Grand Portfolio Tastings, an inimitable series of events that we host, in any

Iwao Niizawa: Quiet Revolutionary of the Sake World

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What is the future of sake?  The past is easy to talk about with sake. Its origins stretch back millennia, almost every single brewery making sake today has a history of at least a century, many stretching back hundreds of years. But what can sake be?   There are few people who have thought harder about this

Iwao Niizawa: Quiet Revolutionary of the Sake World

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What is the future of sake?  The past is easy to talk about with sake. Its origins stretch back millennia, almost every single brewery making sake today has a history of at least a century, many stretching back hundreds of years. But what can sake be?   There are few people who have thought harder about this

An In-Depth Shochu Seminar with the ‘Young Guns of Miyazaki’

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While Japan has been getting a lot of attention recently for its excellent whisky, not many people outside of the country are familiar with its most popular spirit: shochu. Shochu (pronounced show-chew) is Japan’s native spirit with hundreds of years of tradition. Rich in flavor and low in alcohol, it is one of the most

“Building A Legacy: The Skurnik Family Creates A Force In Wine”

"Building A Legacy: The Skurnik Family Creates A Force In Wine" - Market Watch 2

We are honored to be recognized on the cover of Market Watch to kick-off 2020.⁠ The full story highlights our Long Island beginnings, recent growth in distribution to include three new states, insights from the distribution and imports side of the business, and what’s on the horizon for our next 33 years in the biz.

The Old Ways: Bodaimoto, Kimoto, & Yamahai 

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In October, we held an “old style” sake seminar with expert and former sake brewer Justin Potts and former Master Brewer Tomoyuki Minami. Tomoyuki is one of the leaders of the shizenha style of sake that emphasizes connection to agriculture, avoiding treating or altering sake after pressing, and reviving older techniques and methods. Justin Potts worked for years as a brewer at