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
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Thursday, October 18 | Martha’s Vineyard | 7PM-10PM
Beach Road Restaurant 79 Beach Road Vineyard Haven, MA 02568
Pre-Auction Wine Lunch
Tuesday, October 30 | New York City | 12PM-2PM
Vaucluse Restaurant 100 East 63rd Street New York, NY 10065
Pre-Auction Wine Tasting
Thursday, November 1 | Boston | 5PM-6:30PM
haley.henry 45 Province Street Boston, MA 02108
Questions?… Read More
Fine Wine Tasting
Branch Line, Watertown | Monday, June 25th from 5-7 PM
Please join us for an evening wine tasting on Monday, June 25th at Branch Line in Watertown. Seasonal menu items from the team that established Eastern Standard and Island Creek Oyster Bar will be paired with exceptional wines selected by Skinner Specialists highlighting items in the upcoming June 26 Fine Wines & Rare Spirits Auction.… Read More
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
Pre-Auction Wine Tasting Events
Thursday, February 8 | New York | 5:30PM
The Cosmopolitan Club The Sun Room 122 East 66th Street New York, NY 10065
Monday, February 12 | Boston | 4PM
Troquet on South 107 South Street Boston, MA 02111
As the first brick and mortar auction house to offer exceptional beers at auction, Skinner is looking forward to forging a parallel path as the auction house of choice for consignors and collectors of fine spirits, with the addition of Mr. Hyman.
Hyman, a resident of Boston, comes to Skinner with over 15 years of experience as a whisky consultant, including more than two years as head of Whisky & Rare Spirits at Bonhams New York.… Read More
In the far, northern reaches of Chateauneuf du Pape sits the Chateau de Beaucastel. Named for the Beaucastel family, who purchased the land in 1549 as an agricultural venture, the property has a history of winemaking dating back to 1792. At the turn of the 20th century, phylloxera ravaged vineyards across the French countryside, and then-owner Elie Dussaud decided to sell the vineyard rather than replant and start over. So in 1909 Pierre Tramier took control and oversaw the replanting efforts before leaving the vineyard to his son-in-law, Pierre Perrin.… Read More
In its May 2nd Fine Wines auction, Skinner will offer a unique vertical lot of Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars. Often considered one America’s “First Growths,” the story of Warren Winiarski and Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars is one of classic American ingenuity, perseverance and, ultimately, success.
After meeting Nathan Fay in 1969 and recognizing the profundity of the cabernet from Fay’s first vineyard, Warren Winiarski went on to purchase an adjacent property in what is now known as the Stag’s Leap district and founded Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars in 1970.… Read More
My favorite lot in the entire sale, live or online, is this one, 6 bottles of 1985 Clos de la Bousse d’Or. The consignor was kind enough to provide us with a bottle of this wine to demonstrate the quality of his storage. Simply put, the bottle was right in the sweet spot for Burgundy; smoke and earth, nuanced fruit, fully mature yet the acidity suggests some years ahead. And that was from a bottle with a four centimeter ullage, so imagine what is in store for the winner of this lot.
If the concept of ‘quality’ in wine was rendered visually, consider it a triptych – the view on the left a vineyard, the middle scene the wine making process, and finally, the third view – the wine’s performance in your glass. The definitions of the three concepts can be incredibly broad and somewhat exhausting. To do justice to defining quality in wine, it’s tempting to contort language to simultaneously cover such vast subjects as history, terroir, geneology, culture, philosophy, but I won’t!