Month: January 2014

The Yin And Yang Of Wine Bottles

The advantages of a half-bottle of wine along with reviews of the Terra Vega Cabernet Sauvignon Bin 944 2012 and Tullamore Dew “Phoenix” Limited Edition Irish Whiskey.
There are various ways for wine producers to distinguish their wines for consumers. Interesting and unusual varietals and blends can attract attention. Likewise, an attractive or unusual label

Shifting From Red To White

A look at the growing emphasis on white wines in Israel including a review of the Flam Blanc 2012 along with a look at the purchase of Beam, Inc. by Suntory.
It has been interesting to observe the subtle but steady shift in emphasis from red to white wine occurring in Israeli winemaking. The country

Scotchy, Scotch, Scotch

A review of the Yarden Gewurztraminer 2012 and the Ron Burgundy Blended Scotch Whisky, “Great Odin’s Raven” Special Reserve.
Choosing a wine for your meal is dependent upon numerous factors including flavors, style, budget and accompanying foods. An often overlooked factor that can influence one’s selection is the time of day. For example, few would

Plan Your Pinot Perusing Vacation Early

The International Pinot Noir Celebration (IPNC) in McMinnville Oregon is a winelover's dream vacation.
The answer to where a discerning wine lover should go on their next vacation has become extremely easy to answer. Plan a trip to Oregon, specifically during the last week of July, for the annual International Pinot Noir Celebration. Held in

Oak And Wine — A Heavenly Match

A look at the role of oak in winemaking along with reviews of the Dalton Unoaked Chardonnay 2012 and several Balvenie Single Malt Scotch Whiskies.
Why oak? At first glance it would seem unlikely that the wood from a tree and the fruit of the vine would have such a longstanding relationship. While both oak