Category: Blended Whisky

It’s The Terroir, Stupid

A review of the Goose Bay Pinot Gris 2011 along with some Father's Day Whisky suggestions.
One of the more fascinating aspects of wine is the influence of “terroir,” a French term that encompasses the various geographic and climatic influences upon a wine’s aromas, flavors and structure. Identical grapes grown in dissimilar locations will have

A Taste Of Black And White

A review of the Vinobles David Cote du Rhone Villages-Reserve 2010 kosher wine and the Black & White Blended Scotch Whisky.
The Rhone river valley produces some of the world's finest red wines. It is comprised of two geographically and viticulturally distinct regions. The Northern Rhone climate varies widely through the year and is known

Gift Guide For Wine Connoisseurs Offers Good Words, Good Cheer

Some recently published books that would be perfect gifts for the wine-lovers on your list.
A veritable feast of new publications are this year’s recommendations for holiday gifts for wine lovers, beginning with “Iconic Spirits — An Intoxicating History,” by Mark Spivak, the former host of NPR’s “Uncorked” and a prolific writer on food, wine

Hot Tips On Mevushal Wine

What is "Mevushal" anyway? Also a review of Dalton Safsufa Merlot 2009 and Famous Grouse Blended Scotch Whisky.
One of the most confusing aspects of kosher wine is the concept of yayin mevushal or "cooked" wine. The following discussion might seem academic, but we are continuously asked about this, so we thought a brief treatment

A Chief Winemaker’s Ordeal

A review of the Barkan Classic Sauvignon Blanc 2011 and White Horse Blended Scotch Whisky.
A winery's goal is to create appealing wines on a consistent basis. They begin by establishing a benchmark and then take appropriate steps to assure that each vintage meets consumers' expectations in terms of quality, flavor and price. There will

Scotch In A Can?

A review of the Mony Reserve Syrah 2009 and look at a new product: Scotch in a Can.
The Mony Winery is an unlikely producer of kosher wines. The winery is located at the Dir Rafat Monastery in the foothills of the Jerusalem Mountains, part of the much vaunted Judean Hills wine region (the mountain

Touring Scotland – Viewing Its Sights, Sampling Its Booze

A review of the Hagafen Sauvingon Blanc 2011 and some suggestions for a rewarding visit to Scotland.
While the number of kosher wineries is steadily increasing, there is a degree of comfort in returning to a familiar friend. One of our favorite winemakers is Ernie Weir, the owner of Napa Valley, California's Hagafen Cellars. A

Dietary Laws Of Separation No Barrier To Blending Wine

A review of the Gvaot Gofna Chardonnay-Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 and Grand Old Parr 12 year old De Luxe Scotch Whisky.
Integral to Jewish belief and religious practice is the concept of separation. Many objects, certain behaviors and even time itself are differentiated as either holy or secular and mundane. The dietary laws exclude certain foods,

Stress: Bad for Humans but Good for Grapes

A review of the Teal Lake Special Reserve Shiraz 2009 and the Johnnie Walker Black and Double Black Blended Scotch Whiskies.
One of the interesting paradoxes of winemaking is that stressed grapes make excellent wines. Nutrient poor soils, minimal water, and wide temperature variations stimulate the vines to produce intensely flavorful fruit. With careful vineyard