Month: May 2012

Smokey, Peaty Whisky Fans – We Feel Your Pain

A review of the Carmel Kayoumi Vineyard Shiraz 2007 and 2008 along with a review of the Kilchoman 2006 Single Malt Whisky.
Baron Edmond James de Rothschild is credited with establishing the modern Israeli winemaking industry in the late 19th century. As an ardent Zionist and owner of France's Chateau Lafite, Rothschild readily offered his

Sticking To Scotland – For A Change

A review of the Lan Zur Sauvignon Blanc 2010 and Balblair Vintage Single Malt Scotch Whisky.
The history of Chilean sauvignon blanc begins in the 16th century when Spanish explorers established colonies along the southwestern edge of the continent. Up until the mid-20th century the predominant varietals were those more associated with France rather than

Back To Single Malt Scotch

A review of Tishbi Gewurztraminer 2010 and several Glengoyne Single Malt Scotch Whiskies.
Gewurztraminer is a difficult grape. It is an early budding varietal that ripens irregularly with low yields. Often victimized by frost, it also requires a long growing season and it is very particular about where it grows. Gewurztraminer is susceptible to plant

Summer Indulgences

A review of the Domaine du Castel Rosé 2011 and a look at the Mint Julep.
There are few better summer indulgences than a glass of chilled rosé. Not the horrific, semi-sweet "white" blush wines from California that remains surprisingly popular. The rosés worth drinking are "dry," without significant residual sugar, and display bright fruit

Dietary Laws Of Separation No Barrier To Blending Wine

A review of the Gvaot Gofna Chardonnay-Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 and Grand Old Parr 12 year old De Luxe Scotch Whisky.
Integral to Jewish belief and religious practice is the concept of separation. Many objects, certain behaviors and even time itself are differentiated as either holy or secular and mundane. The dietary laws exclude certain foods,