Aussie Spotlight: Ben Haines – Victoria

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Aussie Spotlight on Skurnik Unfiltered is back, this time featuring Victoria-based winemaker and viticulturist Ben Haines! Check out our first installment on Moorooduc Estate from the Mornington Peninsula here. Ben Haines is a winemaker who has learned from his work in the vineyards, as he originally trained as a viticulturist. Ben is a little different … Read More

Nishiyama Shuzo: Poet of the Sake World

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Founded by the Nishiyama family in 1849, the sake brewery Nishiyama Shuzo is located in the heart of Hyogo Prefecture, one of the finest sake regions in the country. While sake from Hyogo is most famously associated with a cluster of huge sake breweries all built on a famous water source close to the port … Read More

Bubbles & Booze: A New Year’s Cocktail Primer

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New Year’s Eve parties are an eternal puzzle, full of charming potential and celebratory whimsy, but also rife with the worst pitfalls of any deeply anticipated celebration – times, like, a million.  Every year it seems that for each successful kiss at the stroke of midnight (cue fireworks!), there are at least two or three … Read More

Italian Holiday Traditions

Italian Holiday Traditions

The holidays are a special time of year for us all. Whether it’s dining with family around a big table, sharing the evening with friends over bubbles and all around jubilation, or simply taking the opportunity to kick up your feet and watch old movies with a hot toddy, this is the time of year … Read More

Don’t Call It a Cognac: Brandy’s Been Here for Years

Don’t Call It a Cognac: Brandy’s Been Here for Years 3

In May of 2016, Punch magazine published an article by Robert Simonson in which he documented his search for the ultimate sleeper of classic cocktails, the Sidecar—a deceivingly simple brandy daisy from the early 1900’s. He posited a number of reasons for the drink’s inability to reach the heights of popularity enjoyed by other classics … Read More

Introducing Mayacamas: 128 Years, Singular & Resilient

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“Mayacamas Vineyards is one of the greatest Cabernet Sauvignon producers in the history of California. For those who long for great red wines that cellar with conviction and evolve in the course of time into brilliantly complex and compelling wines, Mayacamas Vineyards remains one of the brightest stars in the constellation of California wine. It … Read More

Molettieri: Maestro of Montemarano

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Molettieri is one of the most fascinating young producers to come out of Campania … [and] one of my favorite[s].”—Antonio Galloni It’s said that with tragedy often comes opportunity, and that was certainly the case for Salvatore Molettieri in Campania. On November 23, 1980, a tremendous earthquake rocked Southern Italy, causing devastation in Campania and … Read More

Nog, Punch & Glögg: Helpful Holiday Tipples

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‘Tis the season for entertaining! Holiday parties, soirees with friends, family traditions; essentially any excuse to get together out of the cold and warm up with drinks and celebration. All these parties and events — while fun – do have their own unique stress: what should a guest bring or a host serve? At Skurnik, … Read More

Champagne’s Special Club

Champagne's Special Club

In 1971 a group of twelve growers started an organization called Club de Viticultures Champenois, to promote the concept of terroir and estate bottled, or grower Champagne in France and abroad. In 1999 the group changed their name to Club Trésors de Champagne, but the mission and philosophy has not changed. Today, the group consists … Read More