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Final Grand Tasting of 2016 – Neil Rosenthal Selections

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Another year has gone by, and, even through a rocky economy and an even crazier election year, the many changes made at The Wine Connection back in September 2015 were exactly what the doctor ordered.
Bringing the greatest wine selection I can offer, from selected importers and distributors, tasting relentlessly through myriads of new and old wines, have generated a big surge in local business and rekindled the fire and passion that I have for wine, while connecting again with customers, old and new.
I would like to thank all my loyal customers and friends for their support and encouragement and a successful 2016! Could not have done it without you.

For this final in-store tasting of 2016, it is with the utmost pleasure that I present the wines selected and imported by of one of my very favorite people in the business: Neil Rosenthal. My relationship with Neil goes back now over 25 years, and even with ups downs, the constants, well, have remained constant. Neil’s relationship with his producers goes back decades, and it is one that is rarely dictated by the almighty dollar, but passion, integrity and loyalty.

Neil’s book is filled with some of the greatest names in the wine world, and producers that have remained true to terroir and nature: Jean Marie Fourrier, Hubert Lignier, Harmand Geoffroy, Paolo Bea, Cappellano, Ferrando, Thevenet, Brovia, Chateau Le Puy,Lucien Crochet, and so many others. For as much I have tried, I cannot ever find a dud in Neil’s portfolio, from the most amazing values, to the rarest. There are few “Rockstars” in the wine business, and Neil Rosenthal is certainly in the top three. A legend, for sure.

I invite you to peruse through the Rosenthal’s great website if you want to familiarize yourself with his producers and selection. Neil Rosenthal Selections

On this day, Saturday December 17th, I am welcoming my old friend, Clarke Boehling to present some of the great wines from Neil’s portfolio. Clarke is a former alumni of Skurnik Wines (like so many of the great wine people out there) and now in charge of travels to visit and liaisons with Rosenthal’s great producers. Clarke has, of course, a fantastic palate and knows wine like very few out there. You will learn a lot from him and have a ball!

We will have a great array of gems from Neil’s portfolio, including: Lucien Crochet (Loire), Domaine du Meix Foulot (Burgundy), Bitouzet-Prieure (Burgundy), Pradeaux (Bandol, Provence), Chateau Le Puy (Bordeaux), Domaine du Jaugaret (Bordeaux), F.lli Brovia (Piemonte), Monsecco (Piemonte), Fenouillet (Cotes de Ventoux), Paolo Bea (Umbria), Bois de Boursan (Rhone), Cave Caloz (Switzerland), Montevertine (Tuscany).

The amazing wine selections will of course, as always, complemented by a great array of fine cheeses from our partners in taste, Plum Plums Cheese


Remember to SHOP LOCAL! Support your communities, jobs, merchants!

Wines of Italy – With Artisan Wines

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Michael Sautkulis from Artisan Wines is back to explore some amazing wines from my beautiful homeland of Italy! As always, amazing wines will be tasted, and complemented by the wonderful cheese offerings of Michael and Gayle at Plum Plums Cheese!

Watch out for the email for details. If you are local, make sure you join our email list for event notices and special offers!

Burgundy and Spain – With Peter Zitz of Skurnik Wines

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I am sure you’ve heard the buzz about 2015 Burgundy, and we will be presenting you with some amazing wines at this event. The reds from the region are spectacular from this vintage (and some very good whites as well) and values abound. We will show you how to select some amazing wines, without breaking the bank. This is a vintage and a tasting you don’t want to miss. We’ll also be checking out some great new releases from La Rioja Alta, CVNE, and some spectacular wines from Raul Perez among others. Of course, since ’tis the season, a couple of Rosé will be in the mix. If weather permits, we’ll bring this tasting outdoors this time. Party time!

The ultra-wonderful wine selections will be complemented by the even better cheeses from our friends Michael and Gayle of Plum Plums Cheese!



A Friday Afternoon Wine Event With Skurnik Wines

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Welcome back our friend and one of the very best palates in the biz, Peter Zitz from Skurnik Wines. This is a first for us, but many have asked for a Friday afternoon tasting, so here we go! Get a baby sitter, make dinner plans for afterwards, and enjoy some amazing wines complemented by the great cheese offerings of Plum Plums Cheese!

We will be featuring some amazing new releases from Burgundy (Domaine de L’Arlot, Domaine Arlaud, Michel Sarrazin), Piedmont with two spectacular wines from Vallana, great Taurasi from Molettieri, and so much more! The Skurnik events are, as always, some of the best ones every year, as the wines featured are just incredible in their respective categories.

Amazing Double-Header, With David Bowler and Polaner Selections

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Two legendary importers, with two of the most amazing and exciting portfolios in the wine business! Welcome Matt Christoff and Chris Gambelli (David Bowler Wines and Polaner Selections) for another fantastic event at The Wine Connection. A fabulous selection will be poured, and of course complemented by the outstanding cheese offerings from our partners in taste at Plum Plums Cheese!

Loire Valley, Burgundy, Italy, Spain, will all be featured and you can be assured that we shall spare no expense in presenting you some truly special wines. Come and learn from Matt and Chris, while savoring great new releases and some old favorites. This is a tasting even that will surely not disappoint!

Skurnik Wines – Another Fabulous Wine Event

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If you have missed Friday 13th afternoon tasting, here is another chance to let Peter Zitz guide you through a fabulous selection of new releases and arrivals from Skurnik Wines extensive and renowned wine portfolio. We will have a great array from Burgundy, Italy, Spain, California and more!

As always, the amazing wines will be complemented by the outstanding cheese selections from our partners in taste at Plum Plums Cheese!

Don’t miss it!

Burgundy Seminar Tasting, With Whitney Schubert of Polaner Selection

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Join us on this Saturday for  a great Burgundy-focused event, with Polaner Selections! 

Whitney, (pictured right, with the famed Jancis Robinson on left) a veteran of the wine business, is the French Portfolio manager for Polaner Selections, and she will be here on this day to talk about and enjoy some amazing Burgundies from Polaner’s great portfolio. This is another amazing, and educational event that you don’t want to miss!

As always, these great and informative tastings are free, and complemented by the wonderful cheese selections from our “Partners in Taste” at Plum Plums Cheese. 

Shop local and support your business community!

New York State on The Rise – A Tasting With Eminence Road Farm Winery

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In case you have not noticed, the Finger Lakes region in NY is a happening place in the world of
wine. The work with Cabernet Franc especially, by few dedicated wine makers, can be truly special there, and it is time for wine lovers to explore and discover. 

On this day, I am happy to introduce Jennifer Clarke, from Eminence Road Farm Winery To present us with Loire Valley inspired expressions of Cabernet Franc, and also wonderfully delicious Chardonnay, Riesling and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Eminence Road Farm Winery

As always, the tasting is free and perfectly complemented by the awesome cheese offerings from our partners in taste at Plum Plums Cheese!

A Grand Tasting With Barbaresco Legend Claudia Cigliuti

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Join us for another amazing and special tasting, with Barbaresco legend Claudia Cigliuti!

Cigliuti’s legendary Barbaresco Serraboella is one of the best expressions one could have the pleasure to taste. For a while, the great wines of Cigliuti were unavailable in the US market, until my good friend Mark Fornatale brought Claudia on board at Skurnik Wines. Claudia is flying straight from California on this Saturday to conduct this tasting and you don’t want to miss it!

We will be tasting the amazing new releases from 2015 and 2014, including Barbaresco Serraboella and Vie Erte, along with the already legendary 2013s. And, best of all, in honor of Claudia’s visit, I will open a 3 liter bottle of 1978 Barbaresco Serraboella!

Be here!

The tasting will be, as always, complemented by the amazing cheese offerings from our “Partners in Taste” at Plum Plums Cheese!

The First Tasting of 2018 For Riahi Selections

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Welcome back my friend Michael Riahi (of Plum Plums fame), for his first tasting of 2018, showcasing some of his new releases, along with few old favorites.

Check back for details (better yet, join The Wine Connection email list), but as always, these are super-fun and informative tastings, perfectly complemented by the wonderful cheeses from our “Partners in Taste” at Plum Plums Cheese!

Don’t Miss it!