Month: March 2012

Wine Made With A Measure Of Tikkun Olam

A review of the Tulip Just Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, the Tulip Just Merlot 2010 and the Glennfiddich Cask of Dreams Single Malt Scotch Whisky.
With the onset of spring it seems appropriate that our next Passover seder wine suggestions are from Israel's Tulip Winery. Established in 2003 by the Yitzhaki family, the winery rests on

For This Year’s Seder, Pacific Northwest Offers Fine Wines

A review of Pacifica Evan's Collection Pinot Noir 2010 and Meritage 2010 along with reviews of two Tomintoul Single Malt Scotches.
Our next stop in the search for wines for this year's seder is the Pacific Northwest. Relative newcomers to winemaking, both Washington state and Oregon have evolved rapidly to become world-class sources of

Preparing For Pesach’s Four Cups

A review of Odem Mountain Syrah Reserve 2009 and several Benromach Scotch Whiskies.
Traditionally one begins learning the laws of the Jewish holidays 30 days before they begin. This means focusing on Passover just as Purim has finished. Activity that, of course, entails so much more than just hitting the books to refresh ourselves on

A Little Taste Of Chametz Before Pesach

A look at the kosher craft brewery He'brew and a review of the Loch Chaim, Isle of Arran 13 year old Single Malt Whisky.
Admittedly this is a departure from our usual focus on wine, but with Purim here and Pesach approaching we've had levity on the cards and chametz (leavened food) on the brain.

Burgundy and Japanese Cuisine Prove A Perfect Paring

Red Burgundy is an ideal wine to serve with Japanese Cuisine.
Sake is the classic accompaniment to Japanese food. Often called rice wine, it actually is “brewed” from rice that has been “polished” to expose the underlying starch. Quality varies depending upon the amount of polishing and whether or not alcohol is added to develop

From Strength To Strength

A review of the Dalton Alma 2009 and two High West Distillery Whiskies.
"May you go from strength to strength" is one of the more common blessings. In the wine and spirits world, "strength" commonly refers to the sometimes controversial subject of alcohol content. In wine, too much alcohol can interfere with how well a