Presidental Preferences

February 9, 2015

Review of Shirah Wines White Hawk Syrah 2012 and Oban 14 year old Single Malt Scotch.

Most of our Presidents have been “healthy” drinkers, and many have had a fondness for fine wine—with the exception of a few lightweights and teetotalers.

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Unesco

January 14, 2015

Review of the Kadma Syrah 2011 and Tomatin 18 Year Old, Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky.

Among the many programs established by the United Nations is the “Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.” The purpose of the catalog is to ensure the continued viability of specific folk practices and encourage dialog to reflect “cultural diversity.” This list is a fascinating collection of obscure and eclectic customs and traditions.

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‘Captain Kirk’ chooses wine over Romulan ale

January 5, 2015

Reviews of the Herzog Variations Five Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 and two single malt Scotch Whiskies: the Tomintoul 16-year-old and Longrow Red Cabernet Sauvignon Cask 11-year-old.

We are thrilled to see that William Shatner, aka Captain Kirk (one of us is an unabashed “Star Trek” fan, the other is simply a fan of all things Shatner), has begun a new television series that focuses in a Shatner-esque way on wine appreciation called, simply, “Brown Bag Wine Tasting.”

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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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Making It To The Top

December 12, 2014

Reviews of the Recanati Galilee Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 and several whiskies from The Glenlivet.

For the first time since 2008 an Israeli wine has been included in the Wine Spectator magazine’s annual list of this year’s “Top 100 Wines”. It is quite an honor since the magazine’s editors sample over 18,000 wines from around the world before selecting their favorite 100 wines of the year based upon “quality, value, availability and excitement.”

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Glassware Matters

December 8, 2014

Review of Twin Suns Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 and a cocktail suggestion: The Hot Toddy.

In one of the final scenes of the 2004 multi-Oscar nominated film “Sideways” (it did win for best adapted screenplay) we see Miles—a joyless, glass half-empty type character who has previously declared his disdain for Merlot grape wines—drinking his prized 1961 Château Cheval Blanc in a fast-food joint out of a Styrofoam coffee cup. For most wine connoisseurs, there is a special place in hell reserved for folks who drink wine out of a Styrofoam cup, and for wine geeks in particular, hell doesn’t begin to repay the crime of drinking such a wine out of such a container.

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Wine Bath

November 17, 2014

Reviews of Neve Midbar 2011 and several Glenfarclas Single Highland Malt Scotch Whiskies.

Professional basketball star Amar’e Stoudemire, who proudly proclaims an ill-defined Jewish heritage of some sort—“I am a Hebrew through my mother” is how he put it in 2010, though his agent was quick to note “but he is not [Jewish]. He thinks there may be some Jewish blood on his mother’s side and he is researching it”—has added something called “vinotherapy” to his post-workout recovery program. Sounds like code for simply getting buzzed on wine, right? Well, not in this instance.

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Green Wine

November 3, 2014

Reviews of the Aveleda Grinalda 2012 and two Old Pulteney Single Malt Scotch Whiskies.

It is not yet, thankfully, too cold for us to be able to enjoy a warm weather wine from Portugal: Vinho Verde (pronounced “veen-yo vehrd”). The name translates to “green wines.” Vinho Verde is not a grape varietal. The “green” is meant as “young” as in they should be consumed young in order to best appreciate their vibrant fruit flavors.

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What Wines Did King David Drink?

October 28, 2014

Reviews of Shiloh Legend II 2010 and several Speyburn Single Malt Scotch Whiskies.

Although the biblical texts are replete with references to wine, the exact varietals employed to create these libations remain a mystery. From the seventh century Islamic conquest of the region until the rebirth of the modern Israeli wine industry in the late 1800s, wine production in Israel was essentially dormant. Consequently, the indigenous wine grape varietals were largely lost. Currently, the grape varietals being widely grown in Israel are mostly European imports, including such familiar names as Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Riesling, Chardonnay and Syrah.

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