Category: Other Liquid Pleasures

Spirit Of Summer Beckons

Review of the Hagafen Sauvignon Blanc 2014 and a look at the "Hot Toddy."
Despite the cold, icy weather outside, we found our thoughts wandering and our hearts pining for sunnier and warmer climes. One of us is from northern California originally, and as it happens we both love northern California wines. We always have

Perfect for Passover

Reviews of the Recanati Diamond Chardonnay 2013, the Abarbanel, Batch 30, Unoaked Chardonnay 2013 and Tio Pepe Fino Sherry.
The world has a love/hate relationship with Chardonnay. On the one hand, it is one of the most widely planted grapes, while on the other hand, it tends to elicit scorn and even contempt. Many consumers

Davids And Goliaths Of Wine

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

A Particularly Pleasing Wine

Reviews of the Pacifica Evan’s Collection Washington Meritage 2010 and Westland Peated American Single Malt Whiskey.
The Kosher Food and Wine Experience is a fabulous opportunity to sample the latest wine and spirit releases in Royal’s sizable portfolio, to meet with winemakers or winery/brand representatives and, of course, eat some of the outstanding kosher food available in the

Hip, Hop and Wine

Reviews of the Bartenura Moscato and Jefferson’s Ocean, Aged at Sea, Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Very Small Batch.
Ever since the modern kosher wine industry began the shift from sweet, syrupy kiddush wine to table wine, producers and importers have been desperately trying to break free of the ethnic market into truly mainstream wine sales.

Wine and Memories

Review of Four Gates Pinot Noir 2009 and Westland American Single Malt Whiskey.
One of the lovely things about wine is the way drinking of a particularly pleasant one can stir an involuntary memory and evoke recollections of the past without conscious effort. Likewise, wine can sometimes cue a subconscious mental filtering and sifting of

Crowdfunding Winery

Reviews of the Jezreel Red Blend 2012 and two Maker's Mark Bourbon Whiskies.
For better or worse the Internet has expanded public participation into nearly every aspect of society. Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and other outlets allow anyone with access to some type of keyboard to comment, review and critique pretty much anything they see, hear

Chanukah Wish List

Our annual Chanukah gift wish list
Our annual Chanukah gift guide begins with a simple but essential accessory for any wine lover, a corkscrew.

Holiday Gift Guide

This year's holiday Gift Giving Guide for the wine lover on your list.
While no wine-lover will ever complain about receiving a special bottle as a holiday gift, there are many other options that would please even the snobbiest on your list.