Month: December 2011

Bubble Trouble Turns Into Elegant Sparklers

A sparkling wine review including the Pol Roger Brut Reserve "White Foil," the Mionetto, Lunetta, Voveti and Lamberti proseccos, JJ Vincent Cremant, Champalou Vovray Brut, Trapiche Extra Brut, and the J Vineyards Brut Rose and their 25th Anniversary Brut.
Bubbles in wine were once considered a fault, especially when the increased pressure caused the bottles

A Journey To The Isle Of Scotch

A review of Hagafen Cuvee de Noirs 2007 and the Laphroaig 10 year old Single- Malt Scotch.
Sparkling wines are ideal for festivities. Their bright flavors and acidity make them perfect pairing partners for numerous cuisines including sushi, cheese, chicken, fish and dessert. In fact, they are so versatile that it seems a shame to

A Toast to Drinking No Wine Before Its Time

A review of Capcanes Peraj Ha'abid 2008, the Glenmorangie Signet and the Ardbeg Alligator.
While it is true that most wine is meant to be consumed within a few years after its release, there are many wines that are created with aging in mind. In general, these wines have markedly noticeable tannins - the chemical

The Miracle of the Scotch Filled Menorah

A review of the O'Dwyers Creek Sauvignon Blanc 2010 and the Tullibardine Aged Scotch Whisky.
The rituals associated with wine are nearly as numerous as any religious service. Opening, decanting, swirling, sniffing, tasting, and even spitting follow established patterns and recognized norms. Developed to enhance once sensory appreciation of wine, they have achieved a level

Stress: Bad for Humans but Good for Grapes

A review of the Teal Lake Special Reserve Shiraz 2009 and the Johnnie Walker Black and Double Black Blended Scotch Whiskies.
One of the interesting paradoxes of winemaking is that stressed grapes make excellent wines. Nutrient poor soils, minimal water, and wide temperature variations stimulate the vines to produce intensely flavorful fruit. With careful vineyard