Aphros: Gods of the Foam

Gods of the Foam

Too much Champagne lately? Sounds crazy, but I feel you. Raventós? Already got a couple cases in the basement. Cider? I like the way you’re thinking—but not today. What indeed to pop when the ball drops this year? How about… Vinho Verde??? Follow us to the Minho district of northern Portugal, where a slight fizz … Read More

A World of Wool & Whisky

A World of Wool & Whisky

It takes a two-hour ferry ride aboard the Caledonian MacBraybe to travel from the rocky islet of Kennacraig to Port Askaig, located on the northeastern shore of Islay. This world-renowned, whisky-producing island is situated off of mainland Scotland to the south-west. After pushing off, exiting the narrow West Loch Tarbert, the ferry heads straight across … Read More

“In Her Own Words” Andrea Mullineux on Leeu Passant

“In Her Own Words” Andrea Mullineux on Leeu Passant

This is the first in a series of articles written by the people who make the wines & spirits that we proudly represent here at Skurnik. In our inaugural installment, Andrea Mullineux – winemaker & proprietor behind Mullineux, Kloof Street, and The Fog Monster – shares the inspiration and process behind the Mullineux family’s newest … Read More

Brandy is the Bedrock: A Q&A with Charles Neal

Charles Neal Put the ‘Spirit’ in Skurnik Wines and Spirits 9

“Believe it or not, we’ve known Charles ever since he was the buyer for a small retail store in Huntington, Long Island…!! We became friends back then, so when he created a small portfolio of Armagnac producers in the late 90s, we were open to listening to what he had to say… If I’m not … Read More

Alzinger: Precision & Elegance from the Wachau

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Leo Alzinger Jr.’s path to winemaking began when he was very young, watching his mother and father in the vineyards and cellars of the family winery. “There were no employees at this time; it was just them. I loved this from the beginning, being outside, working in nature”.  His interest deepened as he grew older … Read More

Zinfandel: American Heritage in a Glass

Zinfandel: American Heritage in a Glass 7

Crisp weather has arrived, Fall foliage is underway, and Thanksgiving is just around the corner, shifting our focus in the direction of the all-American grape variety: Zinfandel. Since its earliest mentions in literature from the 1820s, Zinfandel has been claimed as America’s own wine variety. And like many great stories of immigration, Zinfandel’s journey is … Read More

A Return to Classic: The Stylistic Evolution of California Wine

A Return to Classic: The Stylistic Evolution of California Wine

Wine styles are constantly shifting. Ripeness, acidity, body, alcohol all take turns on center stage as the wine pendulum swings. Recently, California has been in the spotlight, leading the way toward a return to a lower alcohol, higher acid, more mineral-driven winemaking style than in the previous two decades. While it might be colloquially referred … Read More