Category: Maker’s Mark

Brother’s Wonderful Wines Are Product Of On-The-Job Training

Review of the Shirah Luna Matta Vineyard Aglianico 2013 and a look at the Mint Julep.
“Opportunity is missed by most people,” Thomas Edison is quoted as saying, “because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” For Gabriel and Shimon Weiss, the founders of the Shirah Wine Company, it appeared in the form

Crowdfunding Winery

Reviews of the Jezreel Red Blend 2012 and two Maker's Mark Bourbon Whiskies.
For better or worse the Internet has expanded public participation into nearly every aspect of society. Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and other outlets allow anyone with access to some type of keyboard to comment, review and critique pretty much anything they see, hear

Fungus Among Us Produces A Distinctive Dessert Wine

Reviews of the Château Guiraud Sauternes 2001 and 2 whiskies from Maker's Mark.
It has been said that the first person to eat a tomato was the bravest person in culinary history. We’ve heard similar comments about the first person to milk a cow and the first to consume raw fish. While we will never

Shifting From Red To White

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

Meshugas From Maker’s

Review of the Yikvei Zion Armon Reserve 2007 and a look at the flip-flop over Maker's Mark Bourbon Whisky.
Israel's first "modern" winery was established over 150 years ago. Originally located in the Old City of Jerusalem near the Kotel, the Zion Winery - now in Mishor Adumim, the industrial estate near Maale Adumim, east

Modest Beginnings

Reviews of the Gush Etzion Cabernet Franc 2007 kosher wine and 2 expressions of Maker's Mark Bourbon Whiskey.
Inspiration comes in many forms, but for the Gush Etzion Winery, an Israeli boutique winery, it came in the improbable form of a blackberry bush. When Shraga and Tamar Rosenberg relocated from Jerusalem to Efrat in 1986,

Summer Indulgences

A review of the Domaine du Castel Rosé 2011 and a look at the Mint Julep.
There are few better summer indulgences than a glass of chilled rosé. Not the horrific, semi-sweet "white" blush wines from California that remains surprisingly popular. The rosés worth drinking are "dry," without significant residual sugar, and display bright fruit

A Kosher Taste Tour – From Western Australia to Kentucky

A review of the Beckett's Flat Five Stones Sauvignon Blanc Semillion 2009 and the Maker's Mark # 46.
The Beckett's Flat Five Stones Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2009 ($15) is another one of those exceptional varietal marriages that the Australians do so well. A classic white Bordeaux blend, it has also found a home in the

The Booze Timeline: From Second Temple to Mint Julep

A review of the Ella Valley EverRed 2007 and the Mint Julep.
There are few wineries with a longer pedigree than the Ella Valley Vineyards. When Danny Valero, the winery's general manager, began preparing the area for modern grape cultivation, a site of ancient winemaking dating from the Second Temple period was discovered. According to