December 29, 2015
The Winner of the Grapelines Best Whisky of 2015 is the Octomore 6.3.
December 4, 2015
Review of the Molon Lave Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 and Kilchoman 100% Islay, 3rd Edition Single Malt Whisky.
Somewhere Thomas Jefferson is smiling. Our third President was an unabashed oenophile, asserting that “wine from long habit has become an indispensable for my health,” and while at Monticello consumed an average of 400 bottles of French, Spanish, German, Portuguese and Italian wine annually. He spent a great deal of time and effort trying to make his home state of Virginia into a world class winemaking region. Unfortunately Jefferson could never produce a decent wine from the vineyards planted near his estate.
October 19, 2015
Top 10 value priced kosher wines of 2015 along with reviews of Longrow Red, Cabernet Sauvignon Cask, 11-year-old, Peated Campbeltown Single Malt Scotch Whisky and Glenfarclas 105 Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky.
Here is our list of our Top 10 value-priced kosher wines from the previous year ($20 and below) to be enjoyed on a more regular basis.
October 13, 2015
Our annual list of the Top 10 kosher wines from the previous year costing $30 or more/bottle along with a review of the Laphroaig 18 year old Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky.
At this time of year, around the Yamim Noraim (the Days of Awe), we are supposed to reflect on the past year and where we should be going in life. It is a perfect time to look back and select our top wines from the previous year. This week we will focus on wines costing $30 or more that are worthy to collect and cellar or, better yet, to share with family and special friends. Next week we will look at the top 10 value-priced wines we especially enjoyed this past year.
September 16, 2015
Review of Barkan Shiraz Superieur 2006 and Caol Ila, Aged 12 Years, Single Malt Scotch Whisky.
Much has been written about the purported health benefits of wine. According to various medical studies, moderate consumption (i.e., one to two 4oz glasses of wine per day) has been shown to decrease the risk of heart disease, increase lifespan, make hearts attack less likely, strengthen bones, cut the incidence of Type 2 diabetes and reduce the risks of stroke, cataracts, depression and some cancers.
August 31, 2015
Review of Chateau Montviel 2002 and The GlenDronach, Revival, 15 year old Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky.
When the kosher run is of a well-established, Old World wine producer, that bottle of wine also represents, after a fashion, an opportunity for the kosher consumer to taste the product of many decades, if not centuries, of wine cultivation.
June 25, 2015
Review of the Hagafen Brut Cuvée 2012 and Gordon & MacPhail (“Rare Vintage” range) Glen Grant 1958.
We recently had some reasons to rejoice and make merry. As our readers would expect, there were more than a few bottles opened with family and friends. The occasion? One of us had an addition to the family!
March 11, 2015
Review of the Black Tulip 2011 and The Glenlivet 12-Year-Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
It turns out that 40 percent of American adults enjoy drinking wine, with a third of those drinking a glass or two several times a week. The breakdown showed that 19 percent of those surveyed only drink wine, 19 percent drink wine and liquor but no beer, 20 percent drink wine and beer but no liquor, and the remaining 42 percent drink all three.
March 2, 2015
Reviews of the Herzog Variations Four Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 and 2 Cragganmore Single Malt Scotch Whiskies.
It is often said that wine makes itself, and that all that is really needed are grapes and the right conditions. This is largely true. Left alone, grapes will indeed start to decompose, the skins will break and natural yeast will work its magic on the juice – all things being equal. As Benjamin Franklin once wrote (typically misquoted and mangled into an adage about beer): “Behold the rain which descends from heaven upon our vineyards, and which incorporates itself with the grapes to be changed into wine; a constant proof that God loves us, and loves to see us happy!”