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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The News on Jews and Booze

November 30, 2011

Glen Grant

The history of the Washington DC wine and liquor trade along with a review of some Gordon & MacPhail Single Malt Scotch Whiskies.

According to Buddy Berman, Jews have been intimately involved in Washington D.C.’s wine and liquor business since the beginning of the 20th century. Buddy knows from where he speaks. Besides nearly 40 years in the drinks industry, he is also the son and grandson of Prohibition era bootleggers who supplied hooch to the thirsty citizens of the Nation’s capital.

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The Wines of Madeira Age Gracefully

madeira bottles

A review of the Blandy’s 10-year-old Malmsey and the Blandy’s 5-year-old Alvada Madeiras.

The wines of Madeira are among the world’s longest lasting, with examples more than 100 years old still exhibiting youthful freshness and balance. Located 400 miles off the coast of Morocco, the island began winemaking in the 1400s when Portugal’s Prince Henry had the sweet Greek Malvasia grapes planted upon the hillsides along with Sicilian sugar cane.

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Jewish Family – Jewish Nation Blend

November 23, 2011

springbank 10 year old

A review of the Alexander Reserve Sandro Cabernet-Merlot 2007 and the Springbank 10-year old 100 proof Cambeltown Single Malt Scotch Whisky.

While still dominated by the large winemaking companies, the Israeli wine scene is becoming increasingly populated by small, family-owned wineries. The three biggest players – Carmel Winery, Barkanand Golan Heights Winery, along with their respective subsidiaries – account for more than 65 pecent of the 2011 grape harvest.

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Stick With “Stickies” But Don’t Be A Snob

November 16, 2011

Famous Grouse

A review of S’Forno Puglia Moscato and the Famous Grouse Blended Scotch Whisky.

For more than 30 years now, kosher wine cognoscenti have fought a pitched battle against the identification of “kosher wine” with sweet Kiddush-style wines, demanding greater attention from wine critics, insisting upon enlightened attitudes by liquor store owners, and generally taking issue with kosher consumer tastes. This is understandable, up to a point. But much has changed in the kosher wine world. Unfashionable though it may be, we remain unabashed fans of sweet wine – or “stickies” to employ the Australian term for sweet wines (just seems more appropriate).

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Don’t Whine; Join a Wine Club

November 9, 2011

Laphroaig Triple Wood

A review of the Hagafen Sauvignon Blanc 2009 and the Laiphroaig Triple Wood Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky.

While the quality and diversity of kosher wines have dramatically increased over the past several years, they can still be difficult to find, unless you know where to look.

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Sipping the Finest From Spain to Tennessee

November 2, 2011

Elvi Mati

A review of the Elvi Mati 2009 and the Jack Daniels Old # 7, their Gentleman Jack Rare and their Single Barrel Select Tennessee Whiskies.

The link between Jews and Spain is believed to have been forged in the times of King Solomon. Prosperity and then persecution ensued over the next several centuries, culminating in the expulsion of the Jews in 1492. In the 19th century Jews began to slowly return to Spain and now there are several cities with sizable Jewish communities.

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