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

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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

The 2019 Fall Spirits Exhibition

The 2019 (Read: First EVER) Fall Spirits Exhibition 1

Never is the creative energy of the East Coast’s cocktailing community more palpable than in the Fall. The change in season cracks wide open the range of flavors that might catch an imbiber’s fancy, and tastemakers in every style of bar, restaurant, and retail shop are ready to oblige by offering dazzling elixirs showcasing recipes … Read More

2019 Harvest Notes from Our Friends in France

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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. This year extreme weather has been the norm. Spring frost has now become an annual danger, hitting once again, though not as severely as years past. … Read More

Dreaming with Gini: Sandro’s Soave Secret

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Pictured above is a view of the La Frosca cru vineyard in Soave Classico, with Contrada Salvarenza in its center. Gini should be no stranger to clients and salespeople of Skurnik— Michael and Harmon have been promoting these wines since the 1990s. This wasn’t always so— before Sandro and Claudio Gini met Marc de Grazia, … Read More

USA Summer Trip: The Legends Tour 2019

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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. As we were nearing the end of our California trip this July, our group of Portfolio Managers and Sales Representatives had … Read More