Category: Bourbon

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

Kosher Food And Wine Experience

A review of the Hagafen Riesling 2012 and several whiskies including Angel's Envy, the Tomintoul 10-year-old single malt and two single malts from Glengoyne.
The 2013 Kosher Food and Wine Experience was held in NYC earlier this month. This annual tasting event is one of the best opportunities-along with their tasting events in London and

Better Than Chanukah Gelt

Our Chanukah wish list including some kosher wines and a bunch of the great spirits we've recently enjoyed.
Chanukah gift-giving is really just an American transmogrification mimicking Xmas of the actual Jewish custom of giving Chanukah gelt (money). Still, we have nonetheless given in to modern convention and have compiled a list of a few

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

Chasidic Bootlegging

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

Inhospitable Locations, Better Wine

A review of Bazelet Hagolan Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 and Jim Beam's Devil's Cut 90 Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.
Although it seems somewhat counter-intuitive, the best grapes for wine frequently grow in the most inhospitable locations. This is a bit of a simplification, but basically the more stress the vines experience, the more flavorful are

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

Science, Inspiration Play Roles In Winemaking

Review of Bravdo Karmei Yosef Shiraz 2009 and a look at 2 Bourbon's without an age statement, Basel Hayden and Old Grand Dad.
Making wine is a marriage of nature and technology. The interaction of yeast and grapes has been investigated for centuries with the results implemented in the vineyards and wineries. But winemaking is