Terry Theise: How I Began to Work With Champagne

Terry Theise: How I Began to Work With Champagne 2

The Champagne region has gone through a profound change in the last twenty years—and especially, in the last decade, the shift in the region has accelerated at breakneck speed. Recoltant-manipulant or grower-produced Champagnes have played a remarkable role in developing and telling the story of this extraordinary region. While growers are not singularly responsible for … Read More

Champagne’s Spécial Club: New Releases from Outstanding Growers

Champagne’s Spécial Club: New Releases from Outstanding Growers 11

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.   Didier Gimonnet’s father was an original member of the Spécial Club and joined in 1971. Located in Cuis, the holdings at Gimonnet are almost all … Read More

Churchill’s: Port on a Human Scale


We here at Skurnik pride ourselves on devotion to a certain Iberian fortified wine, so it only seems fitting that we now look up from the chalky knolls and Moorish courtyards of Jerez and turn our gaze northwest towards that other great fortified wine of the peninsula: port! We are proud to announce our partnership … Read More

Bubbles 2019: Our NYC Fall Champagne Preview

Bubbles 2019: Our NYC Fall Champagne Preview

Thank you to all that could join our Fall Champagne Preview in NYC! We were thrilled to host fourteen of our growers from all over Champagne as they presented their current vintages and most recent disgorgements. We were able to share the range of our portfolio, with icons like Rodolphe Péters and Alexandre Chartogne, and … Read More

Spirits and Specters at the Plaza Hotel


Every city is full of stories, written in the architecture of its streets and buildings. Some of these stories speak to the inspiration and ingenuity inherent in building a pulsing infrastructure of steel, stone, and human interaction. Equally inherent, however, are stories of a darker subject matter. Murder, mayhem, and misconduct are the themes with … Read More

Introducing Schloss Lieser & the Haag Family: Mosel Rieslings with Complexity & Precision

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Schloss Lieser is known as one of the most striking buildings in the Middle Mosel. This beautiful Neo-Renaissance castle was built in 1875 for petroleum magnate Eduard Puricelli on a former church site. Clemens Freiherr von Schorlemer-Lieser, a German politician and Prussian Minister of Agriculture, married Puricelli’s daughter and sole heiress Maria Puricelli, and took … Read More

Before the Bottle, Growing Sake Rice in Japan

Before the Bottle, Growing Sake Rice in Japan

Many know rice as one of the great staple crops of the world; it provides essential calories for more than half of the world’s population, and outside of Asia it is one of the fastest-growing foods. Japan has a particularly strong history with rice which dates back 3,000 years, and since its introduction from mainland … Read More

The Chu-Hai: Our Favorite Cocktail That You’ve Never Heard Of


Chu-Hai — don’t respond with gesundheit!  By now you must have read our Intro to Shochu: Japan’s Terroir-Driven Spirit. Today, we’re taking a deep dive into one of Japan’s (and now our) favorite drinks: the Chu-Hai — a shochu highball. Shochu has long been consumed with mixers, even before WWII. It’s been said that the … Read More