Category: Other Liquid Pleasures

Not So Royal Tokaji

Review of Château Guiraud Sauternes 2001, Clear Creek Distillery Slivovitz Blue Plum Brandy and Mosby Kosher Plum Brandy Slivovitz .
Known as “the King of wines and the wine of Kings,” Tokaji may be losing some of its regal bearing.

Try Some Gruner

Reviews of Shirah Gruner Veltliner John Sebastiano Vineyard 2014 and Four Roses Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.
Not all that long ago, perhaps a few decades, the wine world was remarkably dull by today’s standards. Wines were made in traditional locations under long established regulations and methodologies. Now numerous different grape varietals are

Wines Come Out During “Drink the District”

Spring is wine and beer festival season.
On a recent spring evening there was a line stretching for several blocks to get into a parking lot near National’s Stadium even though the team was out of town. People were queuing up to attend the Cherry Blossom Beer and Wine Festival, one of several annual

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

Marketing

Review of Domaine du Castel’s Rosé du Castel 2013 and Knob Creek Small Batch 9 Year Old Straight Bourbon Whiskey.
One significant limiting factor in the development of the Israeli wine indusry is the lack of coordination and marketing cooperation amongst producers. Israel ought to develop a wine consortium that could marshal resources on behalf

Rosés For Summertime Sipping

Reviews of the Goose Bay Blanc de Pinot Noir 2013, the Domaine Lafond Roc Epine Tavel Rosé 2011 and Dupuy XO Cognac.
Rosé wines are a sure sign of spring, and are ideal for warming weather. Eye-catching and customarily moderately priced, Rosés offer charming, non-complicated flavors and balanced acidity that enliven the palate. Combining

New World Winemakers Look To Old For Inspiration

Review of Dalton Alma GSM 2012 and Arette Artesanal Suave Blanco Tequila.
One of the principle distinctions between “Old World” European wines and those of the rest of the globe are the rules and regulations that govern wine-making. The “Old world” has many; the “New World” has few.

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

A Toast To The Legendary Winemaker, Joseph Phelps

Reviews of the Covenant Napa Valley Solomon Lot 70 Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 and Russell’s Reserve Small Batch 10-Year-Old Bourbon.
The domestic wine world lost one of its leading lights last month when celebrated California winemaker Joseph Phelps passed away at age 87. For over 40 years Phelps remained at the forefront of Napa winemaking with