Introducing Braunewell: Rheinhessen

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We are very excited to introduce these unique Rieslings, Pinots and sparkling wines to the United States! Braunewell is located in the village of Essenheim, not far from Nierstein in the Rheinhessen hinterlands. Just 12km southwest of Mainz, Essenheim is in the Setztal, an area just south of the Rhein, which is marked by a … Read More

Alberico: The Legendary Wines of The Prince of Venosa!

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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 … Read More

A Seven-Year-Old Eight-Year-Old Wine

A Seven-Year-Old Eight-Year-Old Wine

I know, I know…you’re supposed to drink the stuff at the height of its freshness. But remember the days when they used to say that about Muscadet? And then suddenly it became the ne plus ultra of cool to pour ten-year-old Clos des Briords by the glass? We should start by saying that this was not intentional. … Read More

Terry Theise’s 2018 Austria Vintage Report

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THE 2018 VINTAGE Well, it’s complicated. Let me reassure you, there are plenty of excellent wines and more than a few great ones. They don’t seem destined for long-keeping (by which I mean decades-long) but you’re not laying them away in any case, even though you could and would love the results. In contrast to … Read More

Gins Aplenty at Skurnik Wines!

Gins Aplenty at Skurnik Wines!

While there is never a wrong time to enjoy gin – that bright, refreshingly piney, clear spirit – we do think that spring and summer are an especially right time to enjoy this long-lived and historically exciting spirit.  Rife with stories from the terrible 18th-century gin craze called “the mother’s ruin” and followed by the … Read More