Category: Royal Wine

Sparkling Wine From The “Cava”

Reviews of the Elvi Wines Brut Cava and the first three offerings from the Jewish Whisky Company under their private "Single Cask Nation" label.
Cava is Spain's best known sparkling wine. It is produced primarily in the Catalonia region, which borders France along the Mediterranean coast. The name "Cava," which is Catalan for cave or

Better Than Chanukah Gelt

Our Chanukah wish list including some kosher wines and a bunch of the great spirits we've recently enjoyed.
Chanukah gift-giving is really just an American transmogrification mimicking Xmas of the actual Jewish custom of giving Chanukah gelt (money). Still, we have nonetheless given in to modern convention and have compiled a list of a few

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

“Not For The Very Young, The Vain And The Active”

A review of the ElviWines InVita 2011 and some Port-based cocktail suggestions.
Spain continues to be a source of well-made wines. The country is the world's third largest wine producer but ranks first in total acres "under vine," with over 600 grape varietals planted over nearly 3 million acres. The most popular grapes are mostly

Wines Worth The Search

A review of the Segal's Special Reserve Chardonnay 2009 and the Glenmorangie Artein Single Malt Scotch Whisky.
Israel's Segal Winery has its roots in the early 20th century when Yankel Hirsh Segal and his brothers Elhanan and Yehezkel established the country's first distillery in Tel Aviv's German Colony. Their early successes lead the regional colonial

The Unkosher Source of Some Kosher Wines

A review of the Domaine Netofa Galilee 2009and Highland Park Thor Single-Malt Whisky.
While kosher wine must be made under strict religious supervision, not all kosher-certified wine comes from strictly kosher wineries. Many are created and bottled under the labels of wineries that select only a portion of their harvest for the kosher market with

Stay-Cation Wine Travels

A review of the Chateau Thenac Fleur du Perigold 2010 and the Balblair 2000 Single Malt Whisky.
Think of wine as a portal through which to satisfy the itch for a summer vacation, but without paying the expensive airfare, trekking through awful airports or dealing with increasingly tedious and inane airport security. Through wine, one

Science, Inspiration Play Roles In Winemaking

Review of Bravdo Karmei Yosef Shiraz 2009 and a look at 2 Bourbon's without an age statement, Basel Hayden and Old Grand Dad.
Making wine is a marriage of nature and technology. The interaction of yeast and grapes has been investigated for centuries with the results implemented in the vineyards and wineries. But winemaking is

Winery With Ancient Roots

A review of the Distillery No. 209 Kosher for Passover Gin and Vodka along with a look at the Shiloh Winery.
Before the Temple was built, before Jerusalem became the center of Jewish national and religious life, Shiloh was Israel's capital. It was the place where the "whole congregation of Israel assembled" to set up