Category: Rye

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

In A Rye Mood

Reviews of the Hagafen Napa Valley Syrah 2009, the Russell’s Reserve 6 Year Old Small Batch Rye, and the Angel’s Envy Rye Whiskey.
It seems most appropriate to select an American-made wine when celebrating Independence Day. The holiday also gives us another opportunity to acknowledge one of the country’s finest winemakers, who also happens to

Drinking Wine For “Lone Soldiers”

Reviews of the Ariel Sauvignon Blanc 2012, the Catoctin Creek Organic Roundstone Rye Whisky and the Koval Single Barrel Four Grain Whiskey.
The Lone Soldier Project connects those who serve in the IDF with people and organizations that can offer support through letters, packages and donations. It has centers in Jerusalem, Haifa and Tel Aviv

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

From Strength To Strength

A review of the Dalton Alma 2009 and two High West Distillery Whiskies.
"May you go from strength to strength" is one of the more common blessings. In the wine and spirits world, "strength" commonly refers to the sometimes controversial subject of alcohol content. In wine, too much alcohol can interfere with how well a

‘Sabbatical’ Salutations From Israel

Reviews of the Yatir Forest 2008, the Michter's U.S. No. 1 Small-Batch Bourbon, the Michter's U.S. No. 1 Unblended American Whiskey and the Michter's U.S. No. 1 Single-Barrel Straight Rye.
The story goes that when David Ben-Gurion was told by his scientific advisors that it would be impossible to plant trees in the northern Negev,

Not Wild About Eating Pig? How About Sipping It Neat?

A review of the Tzora Misty Hills 2007, the WhistlePig Straight Rye Whiskey and the Pig's Nose Blended Scotch Whisky.
At this time of year, our thoughts inevitably return to the fundamentals of living a meaningful Jewish life. As this is a booze column, we therefore turn our wine thinking for the High Holidays toward

Summertime And The Sipping Is Easy

A review of the Cantine del Borgo Pinot Grigio 2010 and the Bulleit Rye Whiskey.
Pinot grigio is an ideal wine for summer sipping. One of Italy's most popular white wines, the best Italian pinot grigios originate from the Alto-Adige, Veneto and Friuli regions. Recently a number of very good ones are being produced in