Month: September 2012

Making Wine Where Perfume Once Reigned

A review of the Binyamina Reserve Carignan 2010 and two Mortlach Single Malt Scotch Whiskies.
Israel's Binyamina Winery began life in 1952, when Hungarian winemaker Joseph Zeltzer immigrated to Israel and established the Eliaz Winery, named for his son who perished in Israel's 1948 War of Independence. The winery's facilities actually began life as a

High Holidays – Time To Switch Sides

A review of the Flam Reserve Syrah 2010 and Boulard Calvados.
As a general rule of thumb, the High Holidays are neither early nor late but always on time - even when they seem to sneak up on you. Regardless of the actual dates, in the northern latitudes the holidays are in the autumn, whose

Inhospitable Locations, Better Wine

A review of Bazelet Hagolan Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 and Jim Beam's Devil's Cut 90 Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.
Although it seems somewhat counter-intuitive, the best grapes for wine frequently grow in the most inhospitable locations. This is a bit of a simplification, but basically the more stress the vines experience, the more flavorful are

A Long Road To Winemaking

A review of the Agur Special Reserve 2008 and the Scotch Malt Whisky Society bottling of Glenrothes, #30.68.
Shuki Yashuv, owner and winemaker of Agur Winery in Israel, followed a somewhat convoluted road into wine.