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Established in 1970 by Riccardo Bruna, Azienda Agricola Bruna is the benchmark producer of the local Pigato (AKA Vermentino*) grape, a late-ripening variety named for the amber spots that appear on the bunches. Located in the Arroscia valley in western Liguria, the historic home for Pigato, Bruna is a tiny 7.5 hectare estate consisting of 5-6 vineyard plots, all planted on terraced vineyards carved out of the mountainside, as pictured here. Terribly ugly place, as you can see. *Or maybe it's not? The grape scholars agree to disagree. Thank you @this_is_kruss for reminding us of all the gems that make up @bowler_italia ! #pigato #bruna #italianwines #bowlerwines #bowleritala #liguria

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Listn Negro starting to ferment at @bodegasmonje. (If only @instagram had a scratch-n-sniff feature!) 2017's harvest is only half over on Tenerife, but all our bodegueros are confident that it will be a benchmark year. #canarywine #volcanicvino

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Congratulations Julien Ilbert, whose spectacular Chateau Combel la Serre is featured in the latest from @ericasimov in the @nytimes. Link in profile. #combellaserre #cahors @louisdressnerselections

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@agustin_farrais of Bodegas Tajinaste shows off his beautiful bunches of Listn Blanco (left) and Listn Negro (right). The Blanco (aka Palomino Fino) is ready to be harvested, while the Negro (very close to Mission/Pas/Black Spanish) is about 2 weeks out. Harvest for Augustn started on July 25th, and he estimates being only halfway done, due to the mind-bending variance in altitude. And yes, they taste as good as they look! #tenerific #tajinamos! #vendimmia #harvest #canarywine cc: @saboreandocanarias @islascanariasoficial @vinittchi @citybeautifulbeverage @h2vino @flatironwines @namedropswamp @grandesplacesselections

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"The licorice note gives backbone and darkness to balance the fruit." Winemaker poetry courtesy of Chris Vandendreissche at @whiterockvineyards. Thank you for a wonderfully informative visit. #oldschool #whiterock #napavalley #winetasting #winepoetry

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From Rioja Alavesa to Manhattan, we are thrilled to welcome Sandra Bravo's @sierra_de_tolono to the NY/NJ portfolio, as well as the entire US. #newspain #davidbowlerwine #tempranillo #viura #riojaalavesa #labastida #naturalwine

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The @bowlerdomesticdesk is looking good! #afterhours #newarrivals #eljaleo #steveedmunds #vindedays #maloof #cascadia #volcanicwine

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Toby Forman learned how to make wine the old-fashioned way: from his dad, the legendary Ric Forman. Ask your #probowler to taste these beauties today. #teamtobias #newcalifornia

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Happy Birthday, @dfbowler! We our boss. #bestbossever #theultimateprobowler #youngatheart
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I was able to visit vineyards with Claude de Nicolay from Chandon de Briailles earlier this summer, and we spent some time in Corton Marechaudes. It's a Grand Cru of Corton that is not as well known as Corton Clos du Roi or Bressandes, probably because there are only three owners and it's one of the smaller climats of Corton with only 4.5 hectares.  Corton is just north of Beaune and it's easy to spot; it's a big hill with a forest on top. It's a limestone outcropping that is set apart from the main "cote" of the Cote de Beaune or Cote de Nuits. It is a ...
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We recently organized a comprehensive tasting of the Tue-Boeuf wines with Jules Dressner. It was eye-opening, including for old dogs like me, who had a lingering impression -- even as a fan and buyer of them -- from ages ago, that the wines can be predictably variable, flagrantly funky, consistently inconsistent. The entire line-up was excellent overall, full of personality (which they’ve never lacked) along with a sense of place, which comes through quite clearly.Jules helped crystallize it: he suggested thinking about Tue-Boeuf in the same terms as a small Burgundian estate, in their ...
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An article about rosé that's actually  worth reading? We were incredulous, too, but the lastest from Jon Bonné sums up all the nonsense that so often accompanies pink-wine writing in a few characteristically pithy lines: "[Rosé] is not a thing that needs our sympathy, our derision or our puppy love. It just is. It’s a wine that is pink, as other wines are white or red. Sometimes it is delicious. Sometimes it sucks." Can we get an AMEN?! With that out of the way, Bonné moves on to highlighting the best of rosé's "second wave"-- wines that ...
Our German Brand Manager, Evan Spingarn, recently wrote up his thoughts on the muliplicity of challenges he encounters in selling German wine to New York City restaurants. The article was  published in Lars Carlberg's outstanding newsletter on German wine and can be read here: http://www.larscarlberg.com/the-challenges-of-selling-german-wine-to-new-york-restaurants/ Please join us in encouraging Evan to write more, please!  ...
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Two of our wines appeared in the lineup for New Beaujolais, but Not Nouveau!Wines of the Times by Eric Asimov ★★½ JEAN-PAUL BRUN DOMAINE DES TERRES DORÉES BEAUJOLAIS L’ANCIEN VIEILLES VIGNES 2015 Bright, spicy and inviting, with aromas of flowers and tart red fruits. (Louis/Dressner Selections, New York) ★★ BARBET BEAUJOLAIS BEAU 2015 $14Zesty and vibrant, with rich, bright flavors of dark fruit. (David Bowler Wine, New York) ...
TESTIMONIALI have been tasting and drinking and selling the Pinot Blancs made by Hansjorg Rebholz for a decade now, from vintages stretching back twice as far, and I will attest with naked honesty (and admittedly contrarian glee) that I have enjoyed them and wondered at them in their mature versions more than ANY dry white wines I have ever tasted. The Rebholz Weisserburgunder GG Im Sonnenschein—his top cuvee which he picks from a grand cru of 250 million year old limestone—is carved like an ivory Chinese devotional, infinitesimally detailed, burnished by smoke and ...
I worked in a wine store on New York’s upper west side in the 1990s. It was called Nancy’s Wines For Food and I learned the wine trade there by working my way up from cellar rat to manager. The original wine buyer was Willie Gluckstern. Given the personnel, it won’t surprise anyone to know that we had the largest selection of German wines in New York, over 100 of them at our peak. A lot of it was Terry Theise wine, thanks in large part to the efforts of David Bowler at Skurnik. Rudi Wiest’s wines did not have a large presence in New York in those days (unlike today, ...
VITTORIA, Sicily — The red wines made in the vicinity of this midsize town in southeastern Sicily can be elegant and beautiful, with a crunchy freshness and a reticent austerity. They can be intriguingly mineral, gorgeously perfumed and astonishingly pure, while still displaying rich, focused fruit flavors. They offer a lot to love.... read more ...
From Chablis Gets the Côte de Beaune Treatment from Mother Nature, July 2016by Stephen Tanzer"...Négociant Patrick Piuze, who offers a very full range of Chablis bottlings from village to grand cru, told me his 2015s were already tender wines and should make for “a good commercial vintage, in between 2009 and 2011 in style.” Piuze, who is able to choose his harvest dates and picks by hand with his own team, began in Courgis and Fyé on the afternoon of September 1, barely 12 hours after the hailstorm at 1:30 that morning; he brought in his top hailed- ...
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In his most recent "Drinking Out Loud" column at Wine Spectator, Matt Kramer describes a Canary Island education that started with a complete tabula rasa. "It was just a handful of years ago that Canary Island wines were unknown and unseen in America. I certainly knew nothing about them," he writes. "Then the wines began to trickle in, sporting obscure varietal names such as Listán Negro, Listán Blanco, Negramoll, Vijariego, Marmajuelo and Tintilla, among others. The producers’ names were equally unfamiliar. Even with the labels in full view it was, at least for ...