Author Archives: Anna Ward

Traveling by Way of Words with Wine & Spirits

Since we’re doing more armchair traveling than actually getting on a plane these days, the Fine Wine & Rare Spirits department has compiled a list of our favorite reads that speak of drinks (of course) but also that encapsulate the world of our favorite subject—tying together all the elements that make it so diverse: travel, history, gastronomy, geography, and agriculture—with the hope that one might transport you from wherever you are safely staying into the colorful scenery of wines and spirits.… Read More

Wines to Open Now:

Wines to Open Now:

Wine certainly seems to be a key player during this strange time of quarantine. Never have so many people been talking about and drinking wine; parents deserve it after a long day of simultaneous homeschooling and work, friends are drinking it throughout Zoom hangs, and it seems like we all are pouring ourselves a glass when the clock strikes 5PM and we close our computers for the day. While we work through bean recipes and sourdough starters, now is the perfect time to dive into the wine reserves.… Read More

First Thursdays | Skinner Wine Tasting Club

First Thursdays are back at International Wine Vault in Framingham, MA!

Beginning this year, First Thursdays will be meeting on a quarterly basis, not monthly. With the additional time to plan tasting line ups, we will be asking for an admission cost of $50, which can be contributed as a comparable bottle for the tasting. We ask that you include which bottle you plan to bring when signing up so that we can properly prepare for the tasting, making First Thursdays the truly collaborative, exciting group we have always intended it to be.… Read More

Vintage Wine & Spirits for Every Budget

There are many wonderful and exciting benefits to purchasing wine and spirits at auction. Often you will find unique producers, unknown regions and bottles with more age (older vintages) than you would at a retail store. An aged wine in particular is very appealing because wine develops and becomes more refined over years, complementing foods such as meats and cheeses in ways that a younger wine cannot. A common misconception people have is that they do not have the patience, space or wallet to age wine, however purchasing at auction allows anyone to acquire vintage wine and spirits with little or no long-term effort.… Read More