Month: February 2012

South Africa Makes A Wine Comeback

A look at the Backsberg Pinotage 2007 and the Auchentoshan 1999 Bordeaux Wine Cask Matured, 11-year-old Single Malt Scotch Whisky.
The re-entry of South Africa into the international community after the end of apartheid resulted in a new appreciation for that country's wines. South Africa has been producing wines since 1659, and they were very

Will Carignan Be The Varietal That Made Israeli Wine Famous?

A review of the Recanati Reserve Carignan Kerem Ba'al 2009 and the Bruichladdich 10-year-old single malt Scotch Whisky.
Australia has Shiraz, Argentina is known for Malbec, Chile for Carmenere and in California Cabernet is king. Whether by design, regulation or chance, nearly every winegrowing region has "its" grape. It adds a level of

The Spiritual Side Of Wine

A review of the Or HaGanuz Namura Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 and Angel's Envy American Whiskey.
When consumed appropriately, wine has been known to induce contemplative and even religious thought. Sometimes, as we'll see shortly, it is exactly this sort of contemplative, religious thought that leads to the production of wine.

Location, Location, Location

A review of the Barkan Altitude +624 Cabernet Sauvignon and the Isle of Arran 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky.
While there are many factors that can be manipulated to affect the quality of a wine, there is one fundamental aspect that cannot be changed: the place where the grapes are grown. The monks

Napa Valley Family Produces Award Winning Wines

A look at the Wagner Family wines.
The Wagner family has been making wines in California’s Napa Valley since 1915. Its first winery flourished until 1920 when it was closed by Prohibition, and the family turned to farming, eventually growing grapes and making wines at their home. In 1972, Chuck Wagner and his parents Charles