Month: August 2014

Fraud In The Wine Business

The finale of a high-profile wine-fraud along with a review of the Barkan Assemblage Tzafit 2010 and a look at Irish Whiskies including a review of Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey.
A few weeks ago, wine fraudster Rudy Kurnaiwan was sentenced to 10 years in prison and fined $20 million, according to The New York Times.

Mix Wine Or Gin With Fruit And It’s Summertime

Some summer cocktail suggestions.
Summertime is always fun. The abundance of fruits, vegetables and herbs inspire us to shake up and expand our cooking, and also our drinking. Summer wine cocktails may seem sometimes to be a bit of work, but are so worth the effort. There are, obviously, numerous recipes in books and online,

The Ideal Wine For Pesto

A review of the Goose Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2012 and some news about American whiskies including Jim Beam.
One of us has a summer garden that has produced an abundance of basil. A leafy herb initially cultivated in India, basil migrated both west and east becoming a featured component of Mediterranean and Asian cuisines. There

The Taste Of Rocks

A look at the concept of "minerality" in wine with reviews of the Dalton Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2012 and Bruichladdich, Islay Barley, Rockside Farm, 2007, Unpeated Single Malt Scotch Whisky.
Several of the wines we have recently recommended have a notable “minerality” as part of their flavor profile. At first glance, minerality seems to be