Category: Gin

Musical Flavors

Review of Hagafen Pinot Noir 2013 and the Gimlet, a perfect summer refresher.
There are numerous factors that have been demonstrated to influence the perceptions of a wine including temperature at which it is consumed, the size and shape of the glass, the appearance of the label, the time of day it is drunk, its

Truffles

Review of Elvi Herenza Rioja Reserva 2009 and a look at the Martini.
One of us has lately had a hankering for truffles. Known as the “diamonds of the kitchen,” truffles are among a chef’s most prized ingredients. The fruiting body of a type of fungus that grows underground in very specific conditions, truffles impart

A Spanish Wine For Every Course

Reviews of Capcanes Flor del Flor de Primavera 2010 and some Kosher for Passover Spirits.
Until a few decades ago, Spanish wines were discounted as not worthy of attention to those outside of Spain. But things began to shift: an improving economy in the 1980s, an influx of innovative winemakers, and an expansive rejig of

Neo-Prohibitionists: Hands Off Our Hooch

More governmental efforts to restrict access to our favorite spirits, wine and beer by blocking privatization.
We have written in the past about the byzantine-seeming regulatory patchwork of alcohol laws in this country. Every so often, folks seek to change this regulatory system in the name of freedom and consumer choice, and while progress of

How To Cool Off A Fried Brain

A review of the Tishbi Sauvignon Blanc 2012 and a look at the "Gimlet" cocktail.
Sauvignon blanc is one of our favorite warm weather wines. It is produced around the winemaking world in a number of different styles ranging from dry to very sweet dessert wines. The bright flavors and balanced acidity typical of well-made

Cool, Classic Cocktails

A review of the Carmel Kayoumi Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 and some summer cocktail suggestions.
It may seem counterintuitive to discuss Cabernet Sauvignon during the warm summer months. An ideal wine for cooler weather, the tannins in cabernet make it a poor match to the customary summer fare and an unlikely candidate to consider sipping poolside.

Martinis — And Earl Grey MarTEAnis

Suggestions on how to store wine along with a review of the Covenant Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 and a look at the Martini.
Last week we encouraged purchasing wines not meant for immediate consumption, but with a caveat: You need to be able to store your wines in a fashion that will preserve their flavors and

What To Drink With Your Brisket

A review of the Dalton Zinfandel 2010 and some suggestions for Passover libations.
Though the Passover seder has firmly established millennia old rules, rituals and traditions - the very word "seder" means "order" or "arrangement" - after all, the Jewish way is to conduct the night's proceedings with highly personalized, family specific, customs and practices.

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