Cinco de Mayo: The Legend, the Spirits, the Party

Cinco de Mayo: The Legend, the Spirits, the Party 2

Cinco de Mayo is rapidly approaching, and the time has come to dispel some common misconceptions about the holiday (and also put to rest those college memories). Most importantly, May 5th does not commemorate Mexican Independence Day, which occurred on September 10th, 1810, 52 years prior to the events celebrated on Cinco de Mayo. Cinco de … Read More

In Memoriam: Don Manuel ‘Manolo’ Lozano Salado

In Memoriam: Don Manuel 'Manolo' Lozano Salado 2

On the morning of April 26th, the sherry world lost one of its most decorated and beloved protagonists. Don Manuel ‘Manolo’ Lozano Salado was born in Jerez de la Frontera in 1954. His family was in the hospitality business, counting bars, restaurants and the Hotel Comercio on the Calle Doña Blanca among their business interests. … Read More

Undiscovered Italy: The Classic Brunello of Enzo Tiezzi

Undiscovered Italy: The Classic Brunello of Enzo Tiezzi 3

Let’s talk about Italy. Let’s talk about the old, undiscovered Italy that people think only existed 50 years ago: the pre-Internet Italy, the one you couldn’t possibly know without going there and getting a hot tip on a small, family winery from a friend of a friend. As it turns out, this Italy is still … Read More

Introducing the Skurnik Hair Club for Men

Introducing the Skurnik Hair Club for Men

Earlier this week I sat down with Michael Skurnik, owner and “Chief Party Officer” of Skurnik Hair Club for Men, a brilliant new philosophy that is helping men of all shapes and sizes grow and maintain bountiful heads of hair. Created in 2016, SHC has been adding confidence and swagger to men all over the country. Thank … Read More

Venus La Universal: A Passion Project Borne of Love

Venus La Universal: A Passion Project Borne of Love

Like many of the great stories, the story of Venus La Universal begins with love. As the children of two of the pioneers of the Priorat D.O., Sara Pérez and René Barbier fils grew up as neighbors, picking grapes together and looking on as their fathers, Josep Lluis Pérez of Mas Martinet and René Barbier … Read More

Terenzuola: Where the Alps and the Mediterranean Meet

Terenzuola: Where the Alps and the Mediterranean Meet 1

At once both Tuscan and Ligurian, the wines of Terenzuola reflect the duality of their terroir. The vineyards face the Mediterranean, which provides warm sun and cool breezes, but also find themselves in the Apuan Alps (a subzone of the Apennine mountain chain), which provide freshness and complexity. The resulting wines dance on the palate with … Read More

2016 Grand Portfolio Tasting

2016 Grand Portfolio Tasting 1

On Tuesday, March 8th, Skurnik Wines hosted our annual Grand Portfolio Tasting at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City.  Over 150 wineries joined us to present their new releases to customers from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and beyond. It was our great pleasure to share these wines with all who attended, and we look forward to doing it … Read More

Occidental Wines: The Legacy of Steve Kistler

Occidental Wines: The Legacy of Steve Kistler 1

“In a way, Steve Kistler comes across as an all-American version of a French winemaker caricature. From afar, you can almost mistake his jeans and blue chamois shirt for those ubiquitous blue coveralls that are a second skin to millions of working Frenchmen. He has a basketball player’s physique and dark, serious eyes. And when … Read More

Terre Nere: An Eruption of Elegance from Etna

Terre Nere: An Eruption of Elegance from Etna 9

Etna is erupting. On December 3rd 2015, that was the word from Sicily. To most people outside of the wine world, this would be alarming news, accompanied by visions of ash flying through the sky and lava slowly snaking down the mountain, destroying everything in its path. The pictures from this most recent eruption were spectacular … Read More

A.J. Adam: Delicate & Mineral Mosel Classics

A.J. Adam: Delicate & Mineral Mosel Classics 1

Andreas Adam is one of the top producers in the Middle Mosel. He’s almost single-handedly responsible for bringing the Dhroner Hofberg back to its former status as one of the great Grand Crus of the Mosel. The Dhronerthal (Dhron Valley) is a small tributary of the Mosel, running south, just after Piesport. The steep, southwest … Read More