Get a preview of the producers attending each event, from New York, to New Haven, and beyond, along with our selection of the “can’t miss” wines, spirits, and sakes at every table.
Please join us for one (or two!) of a series of intimate tastings that we’re hosting on the East Coast and in the Midwest, from March 27th – 30th. Our growers are coming from all over the world for our big tasting of the spring in NYC on Monday, March 27th. Then, on the 28th, 29th, and 30th, that group will break off and visit our regional markets in Upstate NY, NJ, CT, PA, OH, and IN.
We’ve curated a special group of winemakers, distillers, and suppliers for the spring Petite Portfolio Tasting that you can taste with at your own pace and find some new wines and spirits for your shelves and wine lists this season!
To RSVP to any and all of these amazing events, head to our trade resources page and log in with your trade account (or create a new account in the same place – it’s super easy!), OR reach out to your local Skurnik Rep. Trade only!
NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 27TH
Please join us on March 27 for an intimate tasting with fifty-four producers and additional selections from the Skurnik portfolio. Don’t be mistaken, this is the big event of spring; it just happens to be smaller than our Grand Portfolio Tasting. A “PPT” in lieu of a “GPT,” if you will.
Our producers will all gather in NYC before they head out to the regional events so check out who and what you’ll be tasting by looking through the lineup below!
Participating Producers: A Tribute to Grace, Aeris, Altamar Brands, Altos Las Hormigas, Angels & Cowboys, Back Bar Project, Barrell Craft Spirits, Becky Wasserman & Co, Bishops Peak, Bonny Doon, Cannonball, Carlo Giacosa, Castle & Key, Château La Grangere, Château Saint Julian, Contratto, CVNE, Diamond Importers, Domaine Ciringa, Domaine de Bel-Air, Domaine de la Côte, Domaine Paul Blanck, Domaine Pierre Martin, Domaine Rolet, Donnachadh, Emilio Lustau, Ferraris, Finger Lakes Distilling, Fio, Fort Hamilton Spirits, Gotham Project, Greenhook Ginsmiths, ImpEx Beverages, Kikuhime, La Bernarde, La Rioja Alta, La Spinetta, Land of Saints, Lieu Dit, Little Peacock Imports, Los Dos Tequila, Malvira, Niigata Sake Selections, Pacific International, Paolo Conterno, Piedrasassi, Pinhook Whiskey, Pomona, Raúl Pérez, Rhys Vineyards, Rye & Sons, Sandhi Wines, Santa Barbara, Sean Minor, Selections de la Viña, Spiribam, Stellum Spirits, Stolpman, Stray Dog Gin, Talley, Tatomer, Torre Mora, Turning Tide, Tyler, Valiano, Yarden Wines
ASBURY PARK, NJ – MARCH 28TH
Participating Producers: Yarden, Galen Glen, Sean Minor, Talley, Bishops Peak, Selections de la Viña, Valiano, Torre Mora, La Bernarde, Chateau Saint Julian, Chateau La Grangere, Barrell, Stellum, Back Bar Project
TABLE 3: YARDEN WINES
Yarden is the premier label and flagship brand of Golan Heights Winery. Each year the finest grapes from the best vineyards are reserved for Yarden wines. Yarden is the Hebrew for Jordan River, which bisects the Golan Heights from the Galilee.
CAN’T MISS: Ela, Galil Mountain Winery
TABLE 5: GALEN GLEN
Introducing our first Pennsylvania winery, Galen Glen Winery, to Skurnik’s American Portfolio! Galen and Sarah Troxell established Galen Glen in 1995 and have been pioneers in the PA and East Coast wine communities ever since.
CAN’T MISS: Gruner Veltliner ‘Stone Cellar’, Galen Glen
TABLE 6: SEAN MINOR
A true négociant, Sean Minor does not own a winery or a vineyard, yet his name stands for character and value in wines in 49 states across the country. With the goal of giving consumers wines that were easy to enjoy, true to terroir, and didn’t break the bank, Sean and his wife, Nicole, created Sean Minor in 2005.
CAN’T MISS: Cabernet Sauvignon ‘California Series’, Sean Minor
TABLE 7: TALLEY & BISHOP’S PEAK
Talley Vineyards is a family-owned winery that has been producing estate-grown Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in California’s Edna Valley since 1986. Bishops Peak is a second label from Talley Vineyards, focusing on accessible and affordable wines made from grapes sourced throughout California’s Central Coast region.
CAN’T MISS: Chardonnay ‘SLO Coast – Estate’, Talley
TABLE 10: SELECTION DE LA VIÑA
Selections de la Viña is importing some of the most exciting wines available today, and we’re thrilled to have partnered up with them to offer these natural gems from Spain, Portugal and South America.
CAN’T MISS: Rias Baixas Tinto ‘Capitán Xurelo’, Albamar
TABLE 12: TORRE MORA & VALIANO
Torre Mora, on the high slopes of Mount Etna, is certified organic and producing some of the mountains most exciting reds and whites; their sister estate, Valiano in Castelnuovo Berardenga makes some of the best value wines in the entire appellation.
CAN’T MISS: Chianti Classico Gran Selezione ‘6.38’, Valiano
TABLE 14: LA BERNARDE
La Bernarde sits on a rocky limestone hillside in the Côtes de Provence at about 300 meters, making it one of the highest altitude properties in the region. The cool climate allows them to make a lineup of organic beauties that are honest and delicious expressions of this gorgeous terroir.
CAN’T MISS: Cotes De Provence Rose ‘Les Hauts Du Luc’, La Bernarde
TABLE 15: CHATEAU SAINT JULIAN & CHATEAU LA GRANGERE
Chateau Saint Julian is the second wine made by the team Chateau La Grangere team in St. Emilion. This certified organic wine, a rarity in Bordeaux, is from the limestone slopes of Entre-deux-Mers. It is one of the finest values in Bordeaux, showing depth and purity to its classical frame.
CAN’T MISS: Saint-Emilion, Chateau La Grangere
TABLE 18: BARRELL CRAFT SPIRITS & STELLUM
Award-winning independently blended and bottled cask-strength American whiskeys for sipping and mixing.
CAN’T MISS: Barrell Seagrass, Barrell Craft Spirits
TABLE 19: BACK BAR PROJECT
A curated sampling of Cognac, French liqueurs, and Mexican distillates from one of Skurnik’s most compelling import partners.
CAN’T MISS: Cognac Xo ‘Limited Edition (Lunar New Year – Year Of The Rabbit)’, Cognac Park
NEW HAVEN, CT
Participating Producers: Gotham Project, Grounded Wine Co., Ravines, Tatomer, Turning Tide, Domaine Ciringa, Fio, CVNE, Finger Lakes Distilling
TABLE 3: GOTHAM PROJECT
Gotham Project is the pioneer of locally filled, reusable stainless steel kegs of high quality, soulful wines. A collaboration between Charles Bieler and Bruce Schneider, they turned to their own winemaking projects and their friends to offer a collection of authentic and exciting juice from coast to coast and around the world. Gotham’s promise is a better and more sustainable glass of wine!
CAN’T MISS: Rose, ‘Sabine’, Gotham Project
TABLE 5: GROUNDED WINE CO.
With Grounded Wine Co., Josh aims to build on his family’s legacy by leveraging his close relationships with trusted farmers and building a grassroots, all-American wine label. He has sourced fruit from top farmers throughout Napa Valley and Columbia Valley, and is now expanding into the Willamette Valley as well.
CAN’T MISS: Cabernet Sauvignon ‘Collusion – Columbia Valley’, Grounded Wine Co.
TABLE 6: RAVINES
Ravines is the result of Morten and Lisa Hallgren’s dreams and passions coming to life in the Finger Lakes. Morten’s background as an oenologist and winemaker in Provence led him to work for Dr. Frank in the early 90s. They purchased their estate in 2001 and today own 130 acres across three vineyards.
CAN’T MISS: Riesling ‘Argetsinger Vyd’, Ravines
TABLE 7: TATOMER
Graham Tatomer has garnered a reputation for making some of the best Riesling and Gruner Veltliner outside of Germany and Austria. The sites that excite Graham the most have been the coldest ones, lending to his signature style of bone-dry wine with lighter weight, nuanced flavors, and bracing acidity.
CAN’T MISS: Gruner Veltliner ‘Meeresboden’, Tatomer
TABLE 8: TURNING TIDE
Alisa Jacobson launched Turning Tide Wines in 2018 with the goal of showcasing the true essence of the grapes that she harvests while respecting the elements each vineyard site provides— ‘turning the tide’ on how vineyards are farmed, so to speak.
CAN’T MISS: Pinot Noir ‘Eola-Amity’, Turning Tide
TABLE 10: DOMAINE CIRINGA
Domaine Ciringa is a young winery, beginning in 2005. From the very beginning, the vineyards in Ciringa have been farmed organically and biodynamically. The wines of Domaine Ciringa are Sauvignon Blancs unlike any we have tasted they are deep, resonant wines that somehow defy gravity.
CAN’T MISS: Sauvignon Blanc ‘Pruh’, Domaine Ciringa
TABLE 11: FIO
The estate is a joint venture connecting two families: the Kettern family and the Niepoort family, led by famed winemaker, Dirk Niepoort. The wines from Fio are certainly very different from much of what is made and currently imported from Germany, but they are also astonishingly delicious.
CAN’T MISS: ‘Fio’ Riesling [Trocken], Fio
TABLE 18: FINGER LAKES DISTILLING
Located in the heart of Finger Lakes overlooking Seneca Lake, Finger Lakes Distilling is one of the oldest and largest distilleries in New York State. They use locally grown fruits and grains to create handcrafted spirits including vodka, gin, liqueurs, and their flagship McKenzie Whiskeys.
CAN’T MISS: Mckenzie Bottled In Bond Bourbon, Finger Lakes Distilling
Participating Producers: Hermann J Wiemer, Standing Stone, Sandhi Wines, Domaine de la Côte, Piedrasassi, Raúl Pérez, La Rioja Alta, Ferraris, Becky Wasserman & Co. Domaine Pierre Martin, Domaine de Bel-Air, Niigata Selections
TABLE 4: HERMANN J. WEIMER & STANDING STONE
Not many know the Finger Lakes better than Fred Merwarth & Oskar Bynke. Their cool-climate whites speak to the specific terroir of Seneca Lake with more than a little reference to the Mosel.
CAN’T MISS: Riesling ‘Magdalena Vyd’, Hermann J. Weimer
TABLE 5: SANDHI WINES, DOMAINE DE LA CÔTE, & PIEDRASASSI
These Santa Barbara County and Eola-Amity Hills wineries are all about crafting elegant, nuanced wines that showcase the beauty of their cool-climate vineyards. After realizing they had very similar taste in wine in 2003, Sashi Moorman and Raj Parr embarked on a journey to make balanced wines from beautiful vineyard sites.
CAN’T MISS: Syrah ‘Arroyo Grande Valley – Rim Rock Vyd’, Piedrasassi
TABLE 8: RAÚL PÉREZ
Raúl Pérez is universally considered to be one of the world’s most visionary winemakers. Since producing his first vintage for his family’s winery at the age 22, he has been at the forefront what has been called “The New Spain”. His genius is only exceeded by his humility and generosity of spirit.
CAN’T MISS: Bierzo Tinto, ‘La Vitoriana’, La Viszcaina
TABLE 10: LA RIOJA ALTA
Few dispute that La Rioja Alta is a leading quality orientated producer in the Rioja. With more than 50,000 casks and 6.4 million bottles stored at any one time (about eight years of sales) La Rioja Alta is unique in its ability to supply large quantities of fully mature wines of world class quality.
CAN’T MISS: Rioja Reserva, ‘Vina Ardanza’, La Rioja Alta
TABLE 11: FERRARIS
Luca Ferraris is alternatively called the godfather or savior of the Ruche variety; he saved this spicy, aromatic red from extinction and has brought it to the world stage. His three expressions of Ruche show both its fun, friendly side as well as impressive layers of complexity.
CAN’T MISS: Ruche Di Castagnole Monferrato Riserva ‘Opera Prima’, Ferraris
TABLE 13: BECKY WASSERMAN & CO.
Becky Wasserman & Co. was founded in 1979 by the late Becky Wasserman-Hone, an American expatriate who lived in Burgundy since 1968. Today, her legacy is carried on by a passionate team of wine lovers, including her two sons Paul and Peter, exporting wines from small domaines throughout France who honor their terroirs.
CAN’T MISS: Alsace Grand Cru Blanc ‘Schoenenbourg’, Domaine Marcel Deiss
TABLE 14: DOMAINE PIERRE MARTIN
Pierre Martin is the owner-winemaker of this traditional Sancerre domaine, located in the grand terroir of Chavignol. After working alongside his father, Yves, he started his own domaine from four ha of sustainably farmed top sites. Pierre’s wines are all balanced expressions of this hallowed terroir.
CAN’T MISS: Sancerre Chavignol, Domaine Pierre Martin
TABLE 15: DOMAINE DE BEL-AIR
Domaine de Bel Air perches over the Ardieres Valley as it has for nearly 170 years. Winemaker Jean-Marc Lafont and his wife Annick have been running the estate since 1985. They keep with tradition and produce highly expressive wines that have clear terroir expression.
CAN’T MISS: Beaujolais-Villages ‘Les Granits Bleus’, Domaine De Bel-Air
TABLE 17: NIIGATA SAKE SELECTIONS
Dive into the unique saké of snowy Niigata! Producing the most premium saké of any prefecture and with more breweries than any other part of the country, Niigata is at the heart of Japan’s saké culture.
CAN’T MISS: Yamahai Junmai Ginjo Sake, ‘Emperor’s Well’, Kiminoi
Participating Producers: Little Peacock Imports, Altos Las Hormigas, A Tribute to Grace, Land of Saints, Bonny Doon, Emilio Lustau, Santa Barbara, Paolo Conterno, Altamar Brands, Spiribam, ImpEx Beverages
TABLE 3: LITTLE PEACOCK IMPORTS
Little Peacock Imports was founded by Gordon Little and Lauren Peacock with the aim to offer real brands made by Australians for Australians to the American consumer. They have chosen to highlight smaller, family-owned producers from the country’s more coastal regions, both those who have been established for more than a century and the cutting-edge next generation.
CAN’T MISS: Cabernet Sauvignon ‘Margaret River’, Ashbrook Estate
TABLE 4: ALTOS LAS HORMIGAS
Founded in 1995 by a consortium of prominent Italian winemakers, including Alberto Antonini of Antinori and Antonio Morescalchi, Altos Las Hormigas continues to evolve as a winery, but their focus on producing terroir-driven Malbec remains unchanged.
CAN’T MISS: Malbec ‘Appellation Gualtallary’, Altos Las Hormigas
TABLE 6: A TRIBUTE TO GRACE & LAND OF SAINTS
If you’re a fan of Grenache, you won’t want to miss A Tribute to Grace’s stunning expressions of this grape from Santa Barbara County. And Land of Saints has you covered with a range of reds, whites, and rosés that are sure to please any palate.
CAN’T MISS: Grenache ‘Thompson Vyd’, A Tribute To Grace
TABLE 7: BONNY DOON
Randall Grahm, the original “Rhone Ranger,” fell in love with first-growth Bordeaux and Burgundy at a young age and set out for a lifetime of experimentation in winemaking. Randall’s relentless intellectual curiosity has led his vinous pursuits around the world. Bonny Doon now has a more focused set of wines targeting smaller production and special vineyards he has worked with over the years.
CAN’T MISS: Le Cigare Volant, Bonny Doon
TABLE 11: EMILIO LUSTAU
Lustau is widely considered one of the finest producers of sherry, with their Almacenista line breaking new ground in hand-crafted, boutique wines. Top to bottom, in every style category, the extensive range delivers legendary quality and unbeatable value.
CAN’T MISS: Almacenista Amontillado Del Puerto ‘Del Castillo’, Emilio Lustau
TABLE 12: SANTA BARBARA
Since its beginning, the Santa Barbara winery has always had two principal objectives: to reintroduce the Marche region’s indigenous grape varieties and to craft wines of great personality that appeal to international tastes while respecting the tradition of the Marche land.
CAN’T MISS: Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore ‘Stefano Antonucci’, Santa Barbara
TABLE 13: PAOLO CONTERNO
Founded in 1886, this fifth generation-estate run by Giorgio Conterno produces brilliant, classically styled expressions from the Ginestra cru, renown for wines with dark colors, brooding tannins and incredible aromatics, hallmarks of its dense, clay-heavy Helvetian soil and high elevation.
CAN’T MISS: Barolo ‘Ginestra’, Paolo Conterno
TABLE 17: ALTAMAR BRANDS
Mixable gin & Tequila, independently bottled American & Irish whiskies, and some of the world’s most respected absinthe and coveted rums.
CAN’T MISS: Straight Rye Whiskey, 5 Year, High N’ Wicked
TABLE 18: SPIRIBAM
Gold-standard r(h)ums of St. Lucia and Martinique.
CAN’T MISS: Chairman’s Reserve ‘The Forgotten Casks’, St. Lucia Distillers
TABLE 19: IMPEX BEVERAGES
A passport to the rice and grain distillates of the world featuring coveted bottles from Japan, Scotland, Israel, and Wales, as well as blended rum representing the historic British style, and essential mixing rum from Guyana.
CAN’T MISS: Single Malt Scotch Whisky ’10 Year – Batch 8, Cask Strength’, Glenallachie Distillery
Participating Producers: Cannonball, Angels & Cowboys, Rhys Vineyards, Aeris, Donnachadh, Diamond Importers, Pomona, Indigenous Selections, Stray Dog Gin, Fort Hamilton, Pinhook Whiskey, Rye & Sons
TABLE 4: CANNONBALL & ANGEL & COWBOYS
With bold flavors and eye-catching labels, these Sonoma County and California wines are sure to make a splash.
CAN’T MISS: Brut Rosé ‘California’, Angels & Cowboys
TABLE 5: RHYS VINEYARDS & AERIS
If you’re looking for small-lot wines that showcase the unique terroir of California’s Santa Cruz Mountains, Rhys Vineyards and Aeris are your go-to.
CAN’T MISS: Pinot Noir ‘Mt Pajaro Vineyard’, Rhys Vineyards
TABLE 6: DONNACHADH
Inspired by the wines of Burgundy and the Northern Rhone, Donnachadh strives to make wines that recognize the uniqueness of their vineyard site. The cool climate and ocean breeze allow the grapes to ripen more slowly, developing rich, complex flavors while still retaining a bright natural acidity.
CAN’T MISS: Pinot Noir ‘Estate’, Donnachadh
TABLE 9: DIAMOND IMPORTERS
Explore the all that Greece has to offer – expressive whites from the islands, powerful reds from the mountains, and everything else that this dynamic county has to offer. Centuries of winemaking tradition and some of Europe most dramatic landscapes come together in the glass.
CAN’T MISS: Santorini Assyrtiko, Estate Argyros
TABLE 11: POMONA
A trained veterinarian took over her great grandfather’s 150-year-old estate in 2007. Located in Castellina in Chianti, Pomona crafts complex, approachable Chianti Classico that shows structure and identity of place. Certified Organic since 2012 vintage. Lisini’s winemaker Filippo Paoletti consults.
CAN’T MISS: Chianti Classico Riserva, Pomona
TABLE 12: INDIGENOUS SELECTIONS
Indigenous Selections was founded by Giorgio Rivetti, owner of La Spinetta and Contratto, as a way to showcase some of the best Italian wines in the USA market. Biancavigna, Cottanera, Ciacci Piccolomini and Tenuta Santa Maria are all best-in-class producers who deserve your attention!
CAN’T MISS: Barbaresco ‘Valeirano’, La Spinetta [Wood Cs]
TABLE 16: STRAY DOG GIN
Stray Dog Gin celebrates the history and culture of Greek distilling and foraging in one exceptionally made spirit. Its terroir-driven production calls for using wild ingredients wherever possible, spring water from nearby mountains, and juniper berries sourced from nearby farmers.
CAN’T MISS: Wild Gin, Stray Dog Gin
TABLE 17: FORT HAMILTON
Established in 2016 in Brooklyn, NY, by Alex Clark, Fort Hamilton Distillery celebrates American’s earliest style of whiskey: New York rye. The distillery now also produces single cask rye, blends of straight rye as well as high-rye straight bourbon, and a novel American dry gin. Liberty or Death!
CAN’T MISS: Rye Whiskey, ‘Single Barrel’, Fort Hamilton
TABLE 18: PINHOOK WHISKEY & RYE & SONS
A passport to the rice and grain distillates of the world featuring coveted bottles from Japan, Scotland, Israel, and Wales, as well as blended rum representing the historic British style, and essential mixing rum from Guyana.
CAN’T MISS: Bourbon Whiskey, ‘Vertical Series, Bourbon War – 7 Year’, Pinhook
Participating Producers: Failla, Day, Stolpman, Tyler, Lieu Dit, Malvira, Carlo Giacosa, Domaine Paul Blanck, Domaine Rolet, Boyer de Bar, Pacific International Liquor, Kikuhime, Greenhook Ginsmiths, Castle & Key Distillery
TABLE 4: FAILLA & DAY
Get ready to taste some seriously delicious Zinfandel from Day Wines, along with the elegant Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays from Failla Winery. Both are projects from winemaker-proprietor, Ehren Jordan.
CAN’T MISS: Zinfandel ‘Sonoma County’, Day
TABLE 5: STOLPMAN
Over 20 years ago, our Founding Partner, Tom Stolpman, discovered what we believe to be one of the greatest viticultural sites on earth. Dedicated to sensible farming & winemaking, Stolpman is creating vibrant, site-specific wines, with a focus unique to Ballard Canyon AVA, California.
CAN’T MISS: Syrah ‘Estate’, Stolpman
TABLE 6: TYLER & LIEU DIT
Looking for some delicious wines made by one of Santa Barbara’s own? Look no further than Table 6, where you’ll find the elegant Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays of Tyler Winery, as well as the Loire-inspired whites of Willett’s other label, Lieu Dit. With a winemaker as talented as Willett at the helm of both these wineries, you can’t go wrong.
CAN’T MISS: Chardonnay ‘Mae Estate Vyd’, Tyler
TABLE 10: MALVIRA
Brothers Roberto and Massimo Damonte have labored for nearly half a century in Roero, organically farming over 40 hectares of Arneis, Nebbiolo and Barbera. Vineyards include Renesio, believed to be the birthplace of Arneis, Trinità, whose sandy soils give gorgeous perfume to Nebbiolo.
CAN’T MISS: Roero Riserva Nebbiolo ‘Trinità’, Malvira
TABLE 11: CARLO GIACOSA
A small, family-run farm in Barbaresco totaling just five ha, Giacosa owns land in the famous crus of Ovello, Montefico, Cole and Asili. Spontaneous fermentation, long macerations and aging in large oak cask define this traditional estate. Since 2014 Dante Scaglione is the consulting enologist.
CAN’T MISS: Barbaresco ‘Montefico’, Carlo Giacosa
TABLE 13: DOMAINE PAUL BLANCK
The Paul Blanck estate traces its history in Alsace back to the 17th Century, where they produce a stunning and diverse lineup of wines from enviable parcels in the Haut-Rhin district of Alsace. Located in the village of Kientzheim, they produce balanced, terroir-expressive, and versatile wines.
CAN’T MISS: Riesling Grand Cru ‘Schlossberg’, Domaine Paul Blanck
TABLE 14: ROLET
Domaine Rolet is a traditional domaine based in the rugged hills of Arbois, producing balanced, mineral-driven wines that are classic renditions of the special wines that come from the Jura. The domaine farms organically and uses minimal intervention to make wines of purity and elegance.
CAN’T MISS: Arbois Blanc ‘Tradition’, Rolet
TABLE 15: BOYER DE BAR
Vincent Boyer has been at the helm of his family’s historic Burgundy estate since 2002. From his cellar in Meursault, he crafts wines of terroir and textural purity. Boyer de Bar is a domaine founded by Vincent and his close friend Emmanuel Lucas De Bar. Their certified organic vines have been farmed in the family for 25 generations. This chalky site was once the home of a 12th century monastery. The monks had a good understanding of where to plant the best vines and with Vincent’s delicate touch, Boyer de Bar produces a lineup of elegant, mineral-infused, wines from a very serious terroir.
CAN’T MISS: Pinot Noir ‘Les Rives De L’estang’, Boyer De Bar
TABLE 17: PACIFIC INTERNATIONAL LIQUORS
With a mix of both classic and innovative saké breweries, PIL was one of the first importers to introduce premium sake to the US. From light and floral to full bodied and umami their selections cover the range of fine saké!
CAN’T MISS: Honjozo Sake ‘Kuromatsu’, Kenbishi
TABLE 17: KIKUHIME
Making fine sake since 1573, in the 1970s Kikuhime adapted their rich style to a more nuanced Ginjo, but with plenty of bite and structure. They were also a pioneer of the traditional Yamahai method with its deep layers of flavor and bright acidity, as well as exploring the potential of aged sake.
CAN’T MISS: Daiginjo Sake ‘By’, Kikuhime
TABLE 20: GREENHOOK GINSMITHS
Greenhook Ginsmiths focus with laser-like precision on just one category: Gin. Using a custom-made vacuum still, Greenhook distills at lower atmospheric pressure, and thus lower temperatures, capturing subtle aromas from delicate botanicals to make three different styles of gin.
CAN’T MISS: Beach Plum Gin, Greenhook Ginsmiths
TABLE 21: CASTLE & KEY
In 2014 Castle & Key revitalized the former Old Tayler Distillery to reimagine how Kentucky spirits, prioritizing transparency and quality over quantity. Their vintage-driven approach produces limited releases which emphasize the best expression of the barrels within a consistent flavor profile.
CAN’T MISS: Wheated Bourbon ‘Small Batch (Batch 2), Castle & Key