Box Wine Is Fine

September 24, 2015

Review of the To Life L’Chaim Kosher Wine Box, Premium White Wine Blend and Four Roses Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.

Over the centuries the goals for wine storage have remained unchanged. The primary considerations are that the container is air-tight to prevent oxygen from interacting with the liquid, break resistant, easily transportable, easily made and inexpensive to (mass-) produce. While bottles have served admirably for hundreds of years, there is another option that has been making a slow but steady increase in appearance on the shelves.

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Try Some Gruner

July 20, 2015

Reviews of Shirah Gruner Veltliner John Sebastiano Vineyard 2014 and Four Roses Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.

Not all that long ago, perhaps a few decades, the wine world was remarkably dull by today’s standards. Wines were made in traditional locations under long established regulations and methodologies. Now numerous different grape varietals are being grown in nearly every locale that can sustain a vineyard.

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Yeast Is Not Only For Bread

June 2, 2014

A review of the Dalton Wild Yeast Fermentation Reserve Viognier 2012 and Four Roses Kentucky Bourbon.

Among the many factors that determine a wine’s quality, perhaps the least appreciated by most consumers is the role of yeast. It is these microscopic, single-cell organisms that convert the sugars found in grapes (and grains) into alcohol and carbon dioxide via the process of fermentation. There are numerous different yeast strains utilized in winemaking and each subtype has its own specific efficiency and impact upon the wine’s ultimate flavors.

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Shifting From Red To White

January 21, 2014

A look at the growing emphasis on white wines in Israel including a review of the Flam Blanc 2012 along with a look at the purchase of Beam, Inc. by Suntory.

It has been interesting to observe the subtle but steady shift in emphasis from red to white wine occurring in Israeli winemaking. The country certainly produces a number of flavorful, enjoyable, compelling and occasionally even truly outstanding red wines. But now there seems to be a growing appreciation of the potential inherent in white grapes when grown in the Mediterranean climate. In this regard, there are some remarkable similarities to Greek winemaking.

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Chasidic Bootlegging

October 29, 2012

Four Roses Small Batch Limted Edition

A review of the Ramot Naftaly Barbera 2007 and the Four Roses Limited Edition Small Batch Bourbon for 2012.

A few years ago a 300-family Montreal chasidic congregation paid a $20,000 fine to the Quebec civil authorities. Its offense? Supplying their community with kosher wines.
This chasidic shul, Congregation Toldos Yakov Yosef Skver, was raided in 2009 by the organized-crime unit of the Quebec Police Department. Le Fuzz confiscated nearly 900 liters of kosher wines and spirits including banana liquor and peach schnapps. Several members of the shul and the congregation itself were charged with importing and distributing kosher wines that had not been obtained through the province’s alcohol regulatory commission, Societe des Alcools de Quebec (SAQ).

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A Toast to Sir Moses

October 12, 2011

Four Roses Bourbon

A review of the 1848 Winery Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 and the Four Roses 2011 Limited Edition Single Barrel 12 year old Bourbon.

The birth of the modern Israeli wine industry can be traced to Sir Moses Montefiore, the noted British philanthropist. Born in 1784, Montefiore gained great personal wealth as a businessman, ultimately retiring in 1924 to spend the rest of his life supporting various charities, including projects devoted to improving the lives of the Jews in the Holy Land. He established the first modern Jewish communities outside of Jerusalem, encouraging residents to pursue agriculture, including vineyard-tending.

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