Month: September 2011

Not Wild About Eating Pig? How About Sipping It Neat?

A review of the Tzora Misty Hills 2007, the WhistlePig Straight Rye Whiskey and the Pig's Nose Blended Scotch Whisky.
At this time of year, our thoughts inevitably return to the fundamentals of living a meaningful Jewish life. As this is a booze column, we therefore turn our wine thinking for the High Holidays toward

For the Love of Lombardy’s Lovely Wines

A review of wines from Italy's Lombardy region.
Italy’s Lombardy region has been producing wines for centuries. Bordered by the Alps to the north and the Po River in the south, Lombardy is a cool-climate location for wine production dotted with lakes that modulate the local temperatures. The area is best known for its aromatic

Daniel Rogov, A Great Vintage In His Own Right

A tribute to the legendary Daniel Rogov including a review of the Mosby Kosher Plum Brandy Slivovitz.
The wine world has sadly become a little less interesting with the recent passing of Israel's preeminent wine critic Daniel Rogov earlier this month. Rogov (as he preferred to be called) arrived on the Israeli wine scene just

From Italy’s Piedmont To The Scottish Highlands

A review of Bartenura Dolcetto D'Alba Ovadia Estates 2010, the Glenlivet 18 year old Single Malt Scotch Whisky and the Jameson 18 year old Limited Reserve Irish Whiskey.
There's more to Italian wines than just Chianti and Soave. In actuality, Italian varieties range from bone dry to enticingly sweet, and they are produced in nearly

Around the World of Wonderful Wines

A review of several Cru Beaujolais, some Pinot Grigios and New Zealand Pinot Noirs.
To appreciate the variety of notable wines being made around the world, try less familiar varietals or more familiar ones that come from different locations. Begin your journey in France’s Beaujolais region where the Gamay grape is made into remarkable, reasonably-priced

Making the Desert Bloom – With Vineyards

A review of the Kadesh Barnea Cabernet Sauvignon 2006, the Johnnie Walker "Blue Label" and the Penderyn Single Malt Welsh Whisky.
It seems almost poetic that the barren region where Moses brought forth water from a rock would eventually become a winery. Also known as the place where Miriam is buried, Kadesh Barnea in the