Occidental Wines: The Legacy of Steve Kistler

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“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

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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

Gotham Project: Wine on Tap, Just as it Always Was, Again

Gotham Project: Wine on Tap, Just as it Always Was, Again

In 14 AD, the Romans would transport wine in the stomachs of animals in what is now Germany. In 1776, to celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence, ships from the Island of Madeira sailed to the New World, hulls packed with large containers filled with wine. In the 1800s, trains traveling from Piedmont … Read More

The Magical Mezcal Mystery Tour

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Flying into Oaxaca City, a few things catch the eye. First, snowcapped mountains surround the Oaxacan valley. Alien-shaped lenticular clouds gather en masse. And as you disembark, the agaves make their presence known immediately. The way that agave and mezcal are entrenched in this Mexican subculture is impossible to ignore: there are mezcal boutiques in … Read More

Domaine Daniel et Julien Barraud: The Master of Vergisson

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La Roche de Vergisson is hard to miss when driving south from the Côte d’Or to the hamlet of Vergisson. The massive rock looms over the small town like a massive ship’s prow. On almost all sides are some of the finest Chardonnay vines in France – in Vergisson that means exclusively Pouilly-Fuissé (Mâcon-Vergisson ‘La … Read More

2016 Skurnik Wines Montalcino DI

2016 Skurnik Wines Montalcino DI

Each winter, the Italian portfolio has the great pleasure of offering our customers the new releases from Montalcino. This year, we are thrilled to bring you our lineup of 2011 Brunello and 2010 Brunello Riserva!  All of the great classic Skurnik imports are on offer, including Siro Pacenti, La Colombina, Mocali, Tiezzi, and Ciacci Piccolomini d’Aragona. Relatively new … Read More

Axberg Vodka: Precision and Purity from Hans Reisetbauer

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From the fields of Upper Austria to the Nicks & Noras of NY, Hans Reisetbauer and Skurnik Wines are proud to present Axberg Vodka! A true farm-to-bottle distillate, Axberg Vodka exhibits the precision and purity expected from the Mühlviertel Maestro. Axberg Vodka is produced by world-renowned Master Distiller Hans Reisetbauer in his hometown of Axberg, … Read More

Frantz Chagnoleau: Terroir-Driven Mâconnais Wines

Frantz Chagnoleau: Terroir-Driven Mâconnais Wines 7

Domaine Frantz Chagnoleau is a small estate run by two talented farmers and winemakers, Frantz Chagnoleau and his wife, Caroline Gon (winemaker at Héritiers du Comte Lafon). Frantz has a degree in oenology and cut his teeth working for Olivier Merlin in the Mâconnais. Caroline holds two degrees in agricultural engineering and oenology; she also … Read More

January 2016 France, Austria, & Germany Tasting

January 2016 France, Austria, & Germany Tasting

Every January, Skurnik Wines hosts a trade tasting to present our German and Austrian selections. Last week, winemakers previewed their 2014 wines for Skurnik’s local and national customers at City Winery. The tasting also featured Daniel Johnnes’s French selections, as well as two new additions to the Skurnik portfolio,  Paul Jaboulet Aîné and Paolo Scavino. We’d like to thank … Read More