Davids And Goliaths Of Wine

March 25, 2015

Review of Abarbanel Batch 22 Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 and a revisit to Boulard Calvados XO.

In popular and secular terms, the biblical confrontation between David and Goliath is seized upon as a shorthand reference for a hopeful image of the underdog, a contest or battle between a relatively small or weak opponent against a much bigger and much stronger adversary. In the world of kosher wine, this image comes periodically to mind—though obviously minus the inherent violence and explicit “good-guy vs. bad-guy” overtones. One of our longtime favorite “Davids” in the kosher wine world is the Abarbanel Brand Wines.

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A Sweet New Year

September 29, 2014

Review of Miharmartif “Antique Red Sweet Wine” and several Boulard Calvados.

During Rosh Hashanah we traditionally pray and wish for a “good and sweet new year.” Keeping with this theme, we thought we’d recommend a sweeter, dessert-style wine at the conclusion of the meal. Spirits-wise, for an elegant and enjoyable change of pace, we thought we’d stick with the apples and honey sentiment and once again reconsider a fine premium calvados.

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Preparing For Fall (Wine)

September 18, 2013

A review of the Ramot Naftaly Shiraz 2010 and several Boulard Calvados.

Sukkot is approaching now, and the prospect of additional lavish entertaining looms large. Time to gather our thoughts, and materials, to build and decorate our sukkot, plan and prepare our meals, and maybe plan and prepare some sage Torah thoughts to share with our family and friends as we celebrate together. So, obviously, we should all also begin to evaluate the state of our wine stash for the upcoming months. If you have any left, it is time to drink up all those young roses and other lighter summery wines. For this is the season, now, of deeper, more complex whites and reds — the kind that have been resting in our dusty cellars (for those who have such) — that taste so much better as the days get shorter. After all, the fall brings cooler weather and the concomitant seasonal produce like squash, pumpkin, various root vegetables and the like. As our seasonal dishes are generally more robust than in summer, our wines should follow suit. But the transition can, and probably should, be gradual — no need to jump right in with big, bold and heavy wines.

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High Holidays – Time To Switch Sides

September 14, 2012

Boulard Calvados XO

A review of the Flam Reserve Syrah 2010 and Boulard Calvados.

As a general rule of thumb, the High Holidays are neither early nor late but always on time – even when they seem to sneak up on you. Regardless of the actual dates, in the northern latitudes the holidays are in the autumn, whose weather encourages a shift from summer wines to those better suited to this time of year. The brighter, high acid wines like roses give way to wines with earthier flavors and more complexity that compliment both the harvest season and the traditional holiday meals.

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Calvados: Schmoozer’s Choice

June 22, 2011

Boulard

A review of the Recanati Petite Sirah-Zinfandel Reserve 2009 and the Boulard Grand Solage VSOP, XO de Boulard and the Boulard Millesime 1985 Calvados.

The Recanati Petite Sirah-Zinfandel Reserve 2009 ($20) is a terrific kosher summer wine that is perfect with grilled and spicy foods. Made with 90 percent old-vine Petit Sirah sourced from the lower Galilee, it has an appealing earthy, brambly aroma accented with red berries, mint and dark plums. Full-bodied with complex blackberry and other slightly spicy, dark fruit flavors, it also shows coffee and toasted nuts in the bright finish.

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