Thursday, January 10, 2013

A Kalamazoo wine distributor's mission to save a great grape

by Zinta Aistars
Published in Southwest Michigan's Second Wave Media
January 10, 2013

Christine Skandis and her fine wines (Photo by Erik Holladay at

Lots of people want to save certain animals from being lost to the world. Christine Skandis wants to make sure certain delicate grapes survive. She tells Zinta Aistars about her business, Skandis Fine Wines.

Since 2001, Christine Skandis, the businesswoman behind Skandis Fine Wine, sometimes referred to as "nectar of the gods," has been bringing a grape that is thousands of years old down the mountain to satisfy the tastes of mortals. After all, why should only ancient gods enjoy such fine wines? 

She founded Skandis Fine Wines, LLC, an importer and distributor of fine wines, to help keep alive heirloom grapes that may otherwise have turned to vineyard dust by now. Generally unknown and grown in Italy in limited quantities, these delicate grape varietals such as Erbaluce, Aglianico, Negroamaro, Nero di Troia, Falanghina, Malvasia, Bombino, to name a few, risk being torn out of the vineyards and replaced by better known and therefore faster-selling grapes, such as Chardonnay and Cabernet, to sustain the economic need of the small communities that grow them.
"I started Skandis Fine Wines to preserve these 2,000-year-old heirloom grapes," says Skandis. A member of the Tasters Guild, a nationwide society of food and wine enthusiasts, she was frustrated "that everyone was always serving the same old wines. I wanted to ...."

To read the full article, visit Southwest Michigan's Second Wave Media ... and prozit! 

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