Month: January 2012

‘Sabbatical’ Salutations From Israel

Reviews of the Yatir Forest 2008, the Michter's U.S. No. 1 Small-Batch Bourbon, the Michter's U.S. No. 1 Unblended American Whiskey and the Michter's U.S. No. 1 Single-Barrel Straight Rye.
The story goes that when David Ben-Gurion was told by his scientific advisors that it would be impossible to plant trees in the northern Negev,

“My Passion and Favorite Hobby”

A review of Chateau de Parsac 2010 and an interview with Rachel Barrie, the new Master Blender at Morrison Bowmore Distillers.
There are few names better known in the world of wine than Rothschild. Primarily a financial dynasty since the 1700s, the Rothschild family expanded into the wine business with the 1853 purchase of the

A Dominant Name in the World of Bourbon

A review of the Weinstock Petite Sirah 2010 and Jim Beam White Label Bourbon Whiskey.
There is nothing tiny about Petite Sirah. It is a bruiser of a grape that requires a deft hand to make it approachable. Now grown primarily in California, Australia and Israel, Petite Sirah was developed in France by crossing Sirah

The “Book” on European Vintages

A review of Appalina Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 and several Glen Garioch whiskies.
The rules governing European wine production are almost Talmudic in their complexity. The regulations concern all aspects of wine-making including the technigues permitted, the amount of land that can be used to grow grapes, the specific varietals allowed in each region and what