Widening the Lens: A Guide to Presenting Unusual and Overlooked Spirits

Widening the Lens: A Guide to Presenting Unusual and Overlooked Spirits

Last October, the Skurnik Spirits Team hosted a seminar at HQ entitled, “Widening the Lens: A Guide to Presenting Unusual and Overlooked Spirits”. In this three-part seminar, we explored everything from grassy Agricole rhums to unusual Italian liqueurs and discussed ways to introduce these lesser-understood gems to a wider audience. In the first segment of … Read More

Around the World in Ten Iconic Cocktails

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In the middle of a freezing Northeast winter, thoughts of paradise beckon. Imagine a fruit-filled drink in hand as you sway in a hammock, as the ocean waves quietly crash next to you. In the early 1930s an enterprising young man thought maybe he wasn’t the only one longing to transport himself to the beach, … Read More

Vilmart: Wine First, Then Champagne

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Founded by Désiré Vilmart in 1890, the Vilmart et Cie Estate has produced their own wines since the very beginning. Taking over the reins in 1995, Laurent Champs is the fifth generation to run this outstanding 11-hectare estate in the Premier Cru of Rilly la Montagne. Spread over only 12 parcels, Laurent’s dedication and his … Read More

Booze & Bubbles: Meet the Men & Women Behind the Marques!

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Skurnik’s Spirits Selections continues to grow in breadth and reputation. This past October, Spirits took the lead in a tasting appropriately titled, “Booze & Bubbles.” Customers had the opportunity to meet the men & women behind the marques, and now you do too! For those of you who were unable to attend and for those … Read More

Joseph Colin: The Next Chapter of a Burgundian Legacy

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On an icy mid-December day, I met Joseph Colin in the hamlet of Gamay for a full day of walking the vines of St. Aubin. Location is everything and so much about Burgundy revolves around rocks and dirt. Nowhere in the world have the fortunes of the noble Chardonnay grape taken such a serious turn toward … Read More

In a Kingdom by the Sea: The Wines of Bodegas Barbadillo

In a Kingdom by the Sea: The Wines of Bodegas Barbadillo 1

Founded in 1821 in Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Bodegas Barbadillo is now in the hands of the seventh-generation descendants of the founder, making it one of the oldest privately-held companies in any sector in Spain. The firm boasts 500 hectares of vineyards split between two farms, Santa Lucía and Gibalbín, both located in the Jerez Superior … Read More