Category: Vodka

Its Tomato Time

Review of Dalton Pinot Gris 2014 and a look at the "Bloody Mary."
Its tomato season and we couldn’t be happier. Whether sliced into Caprese salad, pureed into a summer pasta dish, grilled when green or simply salted and popped into the mouth, tomatoes are one of the best features of summer. The ideal

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

Earthquake in Napa

Reviews of Covenant “RED C” Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, 2011 and Tito’s Handmade Vodka.
On August 24 an earthquake struck one of California’s most popular winemaking regions injuring over 200 people, and causing at least $100 million in damages. The strongest quake in the area for 25 years and centered just south of the city

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

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

Winery With Ancient Roots

A review of the Distillery No. 209 Kosher for Passover Gin and Vodka along with a look at the Shiloh Winery.
Before the Temple was built, before Jerusalem became the center of Jewish national and religious life, Shiloh was Israel's capital. It was the place where the "whole congregation of Israel assembled" to set up