Terry Theise’s 2018 Austria Vintage Report

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THE 2018 VINTAGE Well, it’s complicated. Let me reassure you, there are plenty of excellent wines and more than a few great ones. They don’t seem destined for long-keeping (by which I mean decades-long) but you’re not laying them away in any case, even though you could and would love the results. In contrast to … Read More

Gins Aplenty at Skurnik Wines!

Gins Aplenty at Skurnik Wines!

While there is never a wrong time to enjoy gin – that bright, refreshingly piney, clear spirit – we do think that spring and summer are an especially right time to enjoy this long-lived and historically exciting spirit.  Rife with stories from the terrible 18th-century gin craze called “the mother’s ruin” and followed by the … Read More

Hanzell Vineyards: Timeless Expression of Sonoma

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In 1953, James D. Zellerbach returned from his tenure as the Ambassador to Italy under the Truman administration with one goal in mind – to plant Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in California. While abroad, he spent extensive time traveling through Burgundy which ignited his love for their famed grape varieties. He planted three acres each … Read More

What It’s Not: An Exercise in Blind Tasting

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In this classroom-style seminar our Skurnik Spirits team shared best practices for tasting spirits before putting our deductive sipping skills to the test. Gabriel Clary of Skurnik’s esteemed Terry Theise Portfolio shared tasting techniques from the world of wine, and armed with this perspective, we blind tasted a variety of spirits before discussing their identity. By … Read More

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


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