A New Life

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!

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Chanukah Wish List

December 22, 2014

Our annual Chanukah gift wish list

Our annual Chanukah gift guide begins with a simple but essential accessory for any wine lover, a corkscrew.

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The Best In Value-Priced Wine

September 22, 2014

The Top 10 Kosher wines ($20 or less) and our 5 Favorite Whiskies for the past year.

Last week we listed the Top 10 kosher wines we tasted over the past year that cost $30 or more a bottle. After all, festive holiday meals with family and friends are nigh, so a bit of expensive indulgence is in order. As wine is a necessity in a civilized world, however, we have put together a list of value-priced wines to be enjoyed on a more regular basis, within a more limited budget.

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Burgundy’s Long Reach

June 23, 2014

Reviews of Domaine du Castel “C” Chardonnay 2012 and several Glen Grant Single Malt Scotch Whiskies.

Led by the owners of two of the region’s most renowned vineyards, France’s Burgundy region has applied to become a recognized UNESCO World Heritage Site. This honor is conferred upon locations that have “outstanding universal value from the historical, aesthetic, ethnological or anthropological point of view.” Burgundians believe their specific vineyards are the epitome of “the quest for a relationship between wine and the natural environment where it is produced” and therefore qualified to be designated as a location that UNESCO considers “our legacy from the past, what we live with today, and what we pass on to future generations.”

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Making Kosher Wine – In Italy

November 28, 2012

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Reviews of the Borgo Reale Chianti Vespertino 2009 and several Glen Grant Single Malt Scotch Whiskies.

There have been Jews in Italy since Judah Maccabee sent ambassadors to the Roman Senate in 161 BCE. Conditions have varied during the subsequent centuries depending upon the dispensation of various pontiffs and secular rulers. The ravages of World War II severely diminished Italian Jewish life but there still remains evidence of its vibrant culture including the magnificent Moorish-styled Great Synagogue of Florence and a smaller one in Siena. Like Jews everywhere, the Jews of Italy were influenced by the local conditions, customs and agricultural products. So it is interesting to speculate what types of grapes Italian Jews utilized to create their kosher wines.

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The News on Jews and Booze

November 30, 2011

Glen Grant

The history of the Washington DC wine and liquor trade along with a review of some Gordon & MacPhail Single Malt Scotch Whiskies.

According to Buddy Berman, Jews have been intimately involved in Washington D.C.’s wine and liquor business since the beginning of the 20th century. Buddy knows from where he speaks. Besides nearly 40 years in the drinks industry, he is also the son and grandson of Prohibition era bootleggers who supplied hooch to the thirsty citizens of the Nation’s capital.

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Moshav Produces Fine Wine ‘From Within The Land’

June 1, 2011

Katlav Wadi Glen Grant

A review of the Katlav Wadi 2007 and the Glen Grant 10 year old Single Malt Whisky.

The Katlav Wadi 2007 ($33) was the clear favorite at a recent group tasting held at Katlav’s Judean Hills winery. A medium-bodied blend of 50 percent cabernet sauvignon, 35 percent merlot and 15 petit verdot with a perfume-like aroma of black fruit and cassis, it displays lovely raspberry, dark cherry and plum flavors with a touch of leather and spice.

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