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

Latest Article

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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Special Sauvignon Blanc

September 2, 2015

Review of Joseph Mellot Sancerre La Gravelière 2012 and a revisit to the Jim Beam legend.

Sauvignon Blanc is decidedly malleable. Ranging in style from bone dry to dessert sweet, its bright fruit flavors and balanced acidity make it suitable as a single varietal wine. Considering that this grape varietal originated in France, it is not surprising that the Sauvignon Blancs produced in France’s Loire Valley are especially distinctive.

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Certified Bordeaux

August 31, 2015

Review of Chateau Montviel 2002 and The GlenDronach, Revival, 15 year old Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky.

When the kosher run is of a well-established, Old World wine producer, that bottle of wine also represents, after a fashion, an opportunity for the kosher consumer to taste the product of many decades, if not centuries, of wine cultivation.

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More Kosher Zin Please

August 26, 2015

Review of Agua Dulce Zinfandel 2010 and Barrelhound Blended Scotch Whisky.

There is much less by way of kosher “versions” or “editions” for much of the world’s great wine producing regions, including the US.

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Meritage For The Summer

August 24, 2015

Reviews of Teperberg Meritage Shomron 2013, Pacifica Evan’s Collection Washington Meritage 2010 and Chivas Regal Extra Blended Scotch Whisky.

It is hot. It is humid. So what should one pair on a summer’s eve with grilled beef, such as a juicy, gloriously fat-marbled, rib-eye steak? There are several options that pair well with grilled meats. Both Zinfandel and Syrah, for example, are considered classic grill food pairings as these tend to showcase bold fruit flavors and with a little spice. We certainly enjoy such varietal wines, and have recommended many here before. At the moment, however, we are thinking more along the lines of a good “meritage” – one that is fruity and hefty, with soft tannins yet is well structured enough to hold its own with the summer menu.

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