Category: Cocktails

Shaken, Not Stirred

A review of the Herzog Late Harvest Orange Muscat 2011 and a look at the Martini.
We are often asked how and why kosher wine in the United States began as sweet, syrupy drek. The simplest answer is that the Jewish immigrants who settled in the northeastern United States way back when discovered that the

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

Harvesting a Liquid Dessert

A review of the Hafner Gruner Veltliner Icewine 2002 and the story of the "Hot Toddy," a classic curative cocktail.
There are times when you need to have something sweet. Cookies, cake, ice cream and even fruit usually quench that craving. But for a less caloric and often more interesting alternative, consider a late-harvest wine.

Wine Is Fine, But Summer in DC Is Daiquiri Time

A review of the Terrenal Yecla Valley Tempranillo 2009 and the tale of the Daiquiri.
Spain continues to be a source for wine values, particularly with their signature grape, Tempranillo. This grape typically produces medium-bodied wines displaying spicy red and dark fruits including cherries, berries and plums often accented with tea, vanilla, tobacco, or leather

Slake Your Thirst With An Air Of Sophistication

A review of the Terra di Seta Chianti Classico 2008 and some summer cocktail suggestions.
Italians have been making wines for thousands of years. Chianti is one of their better wines, however it unfortunately suffers from the image of the straw-covered curved bottle festooned with wax drippings. But Chianti is much more than a restaurant

A Sure Cure For Brain Frying Heat

A review of the Goose Bay Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2008 and the story of the Gimlet.
An excellent accompaniment to salads, grilled chicken and other light summer fare is the Goose Bay Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2008 ($18). As New Zealand's first kosher (and mevushal,or boiled) wine, it displays the classic Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc crispness and

Mamma Mia! That’s Good Wine

A review of the Domaine du Castel Grand Vin 2007 and a summer martini recipe.
One of the world's best kosher wines is Domaine du Castel Grand Vin 2007 ($59) - an elegant blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, petit verdot, cabernet franc and malbec. It's full-bodied with gorgeous blueberry, cedar and chocolate aromas leading into

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

Summer Is The Perfect Season For Sippers

Some summer drink suggestions including cocktails, beer and wine.
The noted philosopher Robin Williams once declared: "Spring is nature's way of saying, 'Let's party.' " Sounds like an ideal excuse to try new drinks and to invigorate some old favorites.