Category: SMWS

Chanukah Wish List

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

The Best In Value-Priced Wine

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

Liquid Poetry

A review of the Tzuba Pinot Noir 2010 and 2 new releases from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society.
Among our favorite varietals for Thanksgiving is pinot noir. It is a notoriously finicky grape that can be difficult to grow and challenging to vinify, but it’s also responsible for some of the world’s greatest wines. It

A Variety Of Varietals

A review of the Balma Venitia Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise 2006 and several bottlings of Bowmore Single Malt Scotch.
Most casual wine drinkers are aware of only a few grape varietals such as Cabernet, Merlot, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Malbec and Shiraz. Others may have tried a Riesling, Pinot Gris or Petite Sirah. But there are literally

The “New Wine” For Jews

Reviews of the Covenant Solomon Lot 70 Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 and several SMWS single cask Scotch whiskies.
While wine has a pivotal role in Jewish life, whisky and other spirits, especially single malt Scotch whisky, have become quite the rage in shuls all across the country. Rare is the kiddush these days that does not

Cork It

A review of the Five Stones Shiraz 2010 and the SMWS # 23.72 Bruichladdich Single Malt Scotch.
One of the most beloved rituals in the world of wine snobbery is the extraction of the cork. Cork comes from the bark of the cork oak tree, or Quercus Suber that grows in Spain and Portugal. The

Making Wine Where Perfume Once Reigned

A review of the Binyamina Reserve Carignan 2010 and two Mortlach Single Malt Scotch Whiskies.
Israel's Binyamina Winery began life in 1952, when Hungarian winemaker Joseph Zeltzer immigrated to Israel and established the Eliaz Winery, named for his son who perished in Israel's 1948 War of Independence. The winery's facilities actually began life as a

A Long Road To Winemaking

A review of the Agur Special Reserve 2008 and the Scotch Malt Whisky Society bottling of Glenrothes, #30.68.
Shuki Yashuv, owner and winemaker of Agur Winery in Israel, followed a somewhat convoluted road into wine.