Musings on Wine and Spirits by Louis Marmon

As seen in:
Washington Post, Gazette Newspapers, DC Examiner, The Wine Report
Washington Jewish Week, LA Times, Jewish Exponent, Capitol File Magazine and in other cities in the US and Canada

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Bulgaria Wine Surprise

October 28, 2015

Review of the Pendar 2010, and Castra Rubra Via Diagonalis 2010.

A few decades ago the wine region that some Western Europeans looked toward for value-priced wines was, perhaps surprisingly, Bulgaria.

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The Butcher’s Daughter

October 26, 2015

Review of The Butcher’s Daughter Reserve 2012 and the Hurricane cocktail.

Immigrants from all over the Ashkenazic and Sephardic world—the Middle East, the Iberian Peninsula, Central and Eastern Europe—have each contributed their own special energy and traditions into creating a lively and dynamic culture that also incorporates a French perspective. This includes food and drink.

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Top 10 Value Priced Kosher Wines

October 19, 2015

Top 10 value priced kosher wines of 2015 along with reviews of Longrow Red, Cabernet Sauvignon Cask, 11-year-old, Peated Campbeltown Single Malt Scotch Whisky and Glenfarclas 105 Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky.

Here is our list of our Top 10 value-priced kosher wines from the previous year ($20 and below) to be enjoyed on a more regular basis.

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Top 10 Kosher Wines Over $30

October 13, 2015

Our annual list of the Top 10 kosher wines from the previous year costing $30 or more/bottle along with a review of the Laphroaig 18 year old Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky.

At this time of year, around the Yamim Noraim (the Days of Awe), we are supposed to reflect on the past year and where we should be going in life. It is a perfect time to look back and select our top wines from the previous year. This week we will focus on wines costing $30 or more that are worthy to collect and cellar or, better yet, to share with family and special friends. Next week we will look at the top 10 value-priced wines we especially enjoyed this past year.

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Box Wine Is Fine

September 24, 2015

Review of the To Life L’Chaim Kosher Wine Box, Premium White Wine Blend and Four Roses Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.

Over the centuries the goals for wine storage have remained unchanged. The primary considerations are that the container is air-tight to prevent oxygen from interacting with the liquid, break resistant, easily transportable, easily made and inexpensive to (mass-) produce. While bottles have served admirably for hundreds of years, there is another option that has been making a slow but steady increase in appearance on the shelves.

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Wine Clubs

September 18, 2015

Review of Herzog Limited Edition Lodi Zinfandel 2003, WhistlePig Straight Rye Whiskey and Pig’s Nose Blended Scotch Whisky.

For those who enjoy wine on a regular basis, belonging to a wine club is an excellent way to keep an adequate supply on hand.

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A Glass To Your Health

September 16, 2015

Review of Barkan Shiraz Superieur 2006 and Caol Ila, Aged 12 Years, Single Malt Scotch Whisky.

Much has been written about the purported health benefits of wine. According to various medical studies, moderate consumption (i.e., one to two 4oz glasses of wine per day) has been shown to decrease the risk of heart disease, increase lifespan, make hearts attack less likely, strengthen bones, cut the incidence of Type 2 diabetes and reduce the risks of stroke, cataracts, depression and some cancers.

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Musical Flavors

September 10, 2015

Review of Hagafen Pinot Noir 2013 and the Gimlet, a perfect summer refresher.

There are numerous factors that have been demonstrated to influence the perceptions of a wine including temperature at which it is consumed, the size and shape of the glass, the appearance of the label, the time of day it is drunk, its presumed cost, associated food pairings, and the power of suggestion. Now to the list can be added background music.

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More Kiwi Wines

September 8, 2015

Review of O’Dwyers Creek Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2014 and Hibiki Japanese Harmony Whiskey.

For those who follow wine industry news, it comes as no surprise that the US is now the most important export market for New Zealand wines.

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