Month: May 2011

Kosher or Not Kosher? Well, Yes, No And Maybe

A review of the Covenant Lavan 2008 and the .
The Covenant Lavan 2008 ($38) has many of the same characteristics as other California chardonnays, but they are presented with a degree of restraint more often associated with white Burgundies. From grapes grown at the legendary Bacigalupi vineyard, in Sonoma's Russian River Valley,

Shake Up Your Kiddush with Offerings from Spain, Ireland

A review of the Ramon Cordova Rioja 2009 and the 1995 Knappogue Castle Single Malt Irish Whiskey.
It's no surprise that high-quality kosher wines are being made around the world. While those from Israel and the U.S. are the best known, equally fine kosher wines are produced in countries as diverse as France, Italy,

Wine To Try: California Chardonnay

A review of the Santa Barbara Collection Chardonnay 2009.
Chardonnay is quintessential California. It can be Hollywood—buttery as movie popcorn and steeped in enough oak to approximate woody overtones. It can reflect innovation as sleek as Silicon Valley, with bright, fresh balance using minimal oak that reveals the varietal’s underlying character and versatility.

Mamma Mia! That’s Good Wine

A review of the Domaine du Castel Grand Vin 2007 and a summer martini recipe.
One of the world's best kosher wines is Domaine du Castel Grand Vin 2007 ($59) - an elegant blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, petit verdot, cabernet franc and malbec. It's full-bodied with gorgeous blueberry, cedar and chocolate aromas leading into

The Booze Timeline: From Second Temple to Mint Julep

A review of the Ella Valley EverRed 2007 and the Mint Julep.
There are few wineries with a longer pedigree than the Ella Valley Vineyards. When Danny Valero, the winery's general manager, began preparing the area for modern grape cultivation, a site of ancient winemaking dating from the Second Temple period was discovered. According to