Terry Theise’s Overview of Recent Champagne Vintages

Terry Theise's Overview of Recent Champagne Vintages

This won’t be a definitive vintage report because this does not purport to be a Standard Reference for Champagne, but rather my own opinions in a general way. Detailed vintage information is easily available elsewhere. What I’ll do here is to sketch the characteristics of various vintages in terms of how the wines taste – and … Read More

Terry Theise’s 2018 Germany Vintage Report

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The 2018 Vintage The “story” of this vintage is so singular that its telling might well supersede detailing how the wines taste. I don’t want to bury the lead, so I’ll start with taste and type, and the story will follow. 2018 is a homogenous vintage with a very high general level, below which it … Read More

Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey: The Rock of Chassagne

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With his imposing frame and towering presence, Pierre-Yves Colin can sometimes seem built more for a rugby pitch than a cellar. When in conversation, he listens intently, his intense eyes never averting their gaze. When he speaks, it is with great purpose and determined passion; every word making it clear that you are in the … Read More

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