Musings on Wine and Spirits by Louis Marmon

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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

Latest Article

Not So Royal Tokaji

July 29, 2015

Review of Château Guiraud Sauternes 2001, Clear Creek Distillery Slivovitz Blue Plum Brandy and Mosby Kosher Plum Brandy Slivovitz .

Known as “the King of wines and the wine of Kings,” Tokaji may be losing some of its regal bearing.

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Try Some Gruner

July 20, 2015

Reviews of Shirah Gruner Veltliner John Sebastiano Vineyard 2014 and Four Roses Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.

Not all that long ago, perhaps a few decades, the wine world was remarkably dull by today’s standards. Wines were made in traditional locations under long established regulations and methodologies. Now numerous different grape varietals are being grown in nearly every locale that can sustain a vineyard.

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Wines Come Out During “Drink the District”

July 16, 2015

Spring is wine and beer festival season.

On a recent spring evening there was a line stretching for several blocks to get into a parking lot near National’s Stadium even though the team was out of town. People were queuing up to attend the Cherry Blossom Beer and Wine Festival, one of several annual events promoting DC as a culinary destination.

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Truffles

July 13, 2015

Review of Elvi Herenza Rioja Reserva 2009 and a look at the Martini.

One of us has lately had a hankering for truffles. Known as the “diamonds of the kitchen,” truffles are among a chef’s most prized ingredients. The fruiting body of a type of fungus that grows underground in very specific conditions, truffles impart an intensely pungent flavor to food that is most often described as slightly garlicky, musky and earthy. They are extremely expensive costing several hundreds of dollars per ounce. In 2010, a 2½ pound white truffle sold for $417,200.

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A New Life

June 25, 2015

Review of the Hagafen Brut Cuvée 2012 and Gordon & MacPhail (“Rare Vintage” range) Glen Grant 1958.

We recently had some reasons to rejoice and make merry. As our readers would expect, there were more than a few bottles opened with family and friends. The occasion? One of us had an addition to the family!

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Marketing

June 22, 2015

Review of Domaine du Castel’s Rosé du Castel 2013 and Knob Creek Small Batch 9 Year Old Straight Bourbon Whiskey.

One significant limiting factor in the development of the Israeli wine indusry is the lack of coordination and marketing cooperation amongst producers. Israel ought to develop a wine consortium that could marshal resources on behalf of the industry to actively promote Israeli wine as a brand around the world.

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Rosés For Summertime Sipping

June 8, 2015

Reviews of the Goose Bay Blanc de Pinot Noir 2013, the Domaine Lafond Roc Epine Tavel Rosé 2011 and Dupuy XO Cognac.

Rosé wines are a sure sign of spring, and are ideal for warming weather. Eye-catching and customarily moderately priced, Rosés offer charming, non-complicated flavors and balanced acidity that enliven the palate. Combining the refreshing qualities of a white wine with some of the fruit flavors customarily found in red wine, they are remarkably food friendly, typically pairing well with spring and summer foods.

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New World Winemakers Look To Old For Inspiration

June 1, 2015

Review of Dalton Alma GSM 2012 and Arette Artesanal Suave Blanco Tequila.

One of the principle distinctions between “Old World” European wines and those of the rest of the globe are the rules and regulations that govern wine-making. The “Old world” has many; the “New World” has few.

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Alex Gambal – An American in Beaune

May 28, 2015

The Wines of Maison Alex Gambal.

Alex Gambal has been able to fulfill the dream of living abroad better than most.

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