Terry Theise’s Greatest Champagnes of the Year

Terry Theise's Greatest Champagnes of the Year

Every year Terry Theise travels to Champagne and tastes over 150 wines with all 17 Growers in this portfolio.  Terry brings amazing focus and deliberation to each and every wine;  he tastes meditatively, taking meticulous notes on his impressions and the context and place that each wine speaks to. Terry’s viewpoint opens a door to … Read More

Michel Tete Beaujolais Returns to Skurnik

Michel Tete Beaujolais Returns to Skurnik

“I have had the Juliénas many times and it always makes me smile. It is infectiously joyous: bright, juicy, pure, earthy and spicy.” – Eric Asimov, The New York Times We are very excited to welcome Domaine du Clos du Fief back to the Skurnik family! Domaine du Clos du Fief  is run by our friend Michel Tête, … Read More

The Unique and Diverse Wine Regions of Argentina

The Unique and Diverse Wine Regions of Argentina 2

Argentina is home to some of the most underrated wineries in the world today. In the late 20th Century, as the Argentine wine industry focused on increasing their exports, the Malbec grape came to the forefront, producing great fruit in the high altitude wine regions of Argentina such as Lujan de Cuyo and the Uco Valley at … Read More

Italian Metodo Classico Sparkling Wines Hold Their Own

Italian Metodo Classico Sparkling Wines Hold Their Own

It’s not easy for sparkling wine producers to enter the Skurnik Wines portfolio. All of our wines are subject to a rigorous selection process, but the standards for sparkling wines are impossibly high. How could it be any other way? With estates like Vilmart, Egly-Ouriet, Gimonnet, and Pierre Péters as our standard bearers, makes entry for other … Read More

Why You Should Drink Grower Champagne

Why You Should Drink Grower Champagne

“You should drink ‘farmer-fizz’ if you’ve forgotten that Champagne is WINE. You should drink ‘farmer-fizz’ if you’d rather buy Champagne from a farmer than a factory. You should drink it if you’d rather have a wine expressive of vineyard, and the grower’s own connection to vineyard, than a wine ‘formed’ by a marketing swami who’s … Read More

Changing of the Guard at Schlossgut Diel

Changing of the Guard at Schlossgut Diel

“Once the grapes are harvested, once you pick, it is your job not to hurt anything and get out of the way. But before the grapes are ripe there are so many decisions you make, as a vigneron,  which affect your quality. This is why I am always in the vineyards. I love it, and … Read More

Terry Theise Squawk Box: The 2014 Vintage in Austria

Until late August it looked good, on schedule and plenty of it. Then it got rainy and clammy, and this was exactly the worst possible weather, and it didn’t let up for weeks. It rained and rained, and when the sun came out it was steamy, and any grapes with thin skins and tight bunches … Read More

Terry Theise Squawk Box: The 2014 Vintage in Germany

Two quotes are apropos. Some years ago Helmut Dönnhoff issued this little bon mot, which struck me as among the truest things I’ve heard said about wine. “If God were truly just, vintners could make each vintage twice.” And a few years later, Michi Moosbrugger at Schloss Gobelsburg said, (paraphrasing) “I’m less interested in good … Read More