Month: October 2012

Cork It

A review of the Five Stones Shiraz 2010 and the SMWS # 23.72 Bruichladdich Single Malt Scotch.
One of the most beloved rituals in the world of wine snobbery is the extraction of the cork. Cork comes from the bark of the cork oak tree, or Quercus Suber that grows in Spain and Portugal. The

Chasidic Bootlegging

A review of the Ramot Naftaly Barbera 2007 and the Four Roses Limited Edition Small Batch Bourbon for 2012.
A few years ago a 300-family Montreal chasidic congregation paid a $20,000 fine to the Quebec civil authorities. Its offense? Supplying their community with kosher wines. This chasidic shul, Congregation Toldos Yakov Yosef Skver, was raided in

Second Label Doesn’t Mean Second Rate

A review of Yatir Red Wine 2007 and Tio Pepe Fino Sherry.
A great many wineries produce what is called a "second wine" or, more commonly these days, a "second label" in order to make use of grapes not selected for blending into their "first label" wine. This practice enables producers to be more selective