Michael Skurnik Wines - Importer and distributor of the finest estate-bottled wines from around the world


November 2014

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 studied to the Nth-degree what you can be persuaded to ‘consume.’ You should drink grower-Champagne if the individually distinctive flavors of terroir-driven wines matter. You should drink it because it’s honest REAL wine grown and made by a vintner—by a FAMILY just like yours—by a ‘him’ or 'her,' not by an ‘it.’ You should drink it because its price is honestly based on what it costs to produce, not manipulated to account for massive PR and ad budgets. You should drink grower-Champagne because, like all hand-crafted estate-bottled wines, it is not a mere Thing but is indeed a BEING, expressive of where it grew and who raised it. In drinking it you help protect DIVERSITY, and diversity leads to VITALITY.”

- Terry Theise, James Beard award-winning importer of grower champagne

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FALL 2014
TERRY THEISE
ESTATE SELECTIONS

DIRECT IMPORT OFFERING

The Fall 2014 Terry Theise Estate Selections offer has been released and the time is NOW to start planning for the Fall season. We’re very excited about the vintage as a whole; the 2013 Austrian vintage is already being hailed as a classic vintage and one of the best in the last 20 years. The German vintage is also very strong, with dramatic, compact and high acid wines from great growers in the Nahe, Pfalz, Mosel, Rheingau and Rheinhessen.

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ANNOUNCING THE DEBUT RELEASE OF OWENS AND VAUGHN CABERNET!

'Value" and "Cabernet Sauvignon" is no longer and oxymoron! Owens and Vaughn, a collaborative effort between two longtiime wine professionals long frustrated by the lack of quality wines on the market for less than $25, have spent untold hours scouring the hillsides and valleys of California's finest vineyards, sourcing only the highest quality grapes to produce and bottle wines under the Owens and Vaughn label. The goal of Owens and Vaughn is to produce wines that we, ourselves, are proud to serve to our most discerning guests on any occasion. The long, slow, cool ripening 2012 growing season has produced this thoroughly balanced, lushly textured Cabernet Sauvignon, with plenty of black fruits and soft, ripe tannins. Be among the first to STOCK UP on this incredible value Cabernet, we're sure it'll fly out the door!

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NOUVEAU DAY IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER!
Download your 2014 Beaujolais Nouveau case cards and shelf talkers here:

Domaine Madone 2014 Beaujolais-Villages Nouveau CASE CARD

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Paul Durdilly 2014 Beaujolais Nouveau CASE CARD

Paul Durdilly 2014 Beaujolais Nouveau SHELF TALKER


 
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