A Glass To Your Health

September 16, 2015

Review of Barkan Shiraz Superieur 2006 and Caol Ila, Aged 12 Years, Single Malt Scotch Whisky.

Much has been written about the purported health benefits of wine. According to various medical studies, moderate consumption (i.e., one to two 4oz glasses of wine per day) has been shown to decrease the risk of heart disease, increase lifespan, make hearts attack less likely, strengthen bones, cut the incidence of Type 2 diabetes and reduce the risks of stroke, cataracts, depression and some cancers.

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More Kiwi Wines

September 8, 2015

Review of O’Dwyers Creek Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2014 and Hibiki Japanese Harmony Whiskey.

For those who follow wine industry news, it comes as no surprise that the US is now the most important export market for New Zealand wines.

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Special Sauvignon Blanc

September 2, 2015

Review of Joseph Mellot Sancerre La Gravelière 2012 and a revisit to the Jim Beam legend.

Sauvignon Blanc is decidedly malleable. Ranging in style from bone dry to dessert sweet, its bright fruit flavors and balanced acidity make it suitable as a single varietal wine. Considering that this grape varietal originated in France, it is not surprising that the Sauvignon Blancs produced in France’s Loire Valley are especially distinctive.

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Certified Bordeaux

August 31, 2015

Review of Chateau Montviel 2002 and The GlenDronach, Revival, 15 year old Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky.

When the kosher run is of a well-established, Old World wine producer, that bottle of wine also represents, after a fashion, an opportunity for the kosher consumer to taste the product of many decades, if not centuries, of wine cultivation.

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More Kosher Zin Please

August 26, 2015

Review of Agua Dulce Zinfandel 2010 and Barrelhound Blended Scotch Whisky.

There is much less by way of kosher “versions” or “editions” for much of the world’s great wine producing regions, including the US.

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Meritage For The Summer

August 24, 2015

Reviews of Teperberg Meritage Shomron 2013, Pacifica Evan’s Collection Washington Meritage 2010 and Chivas Regal Extra Blended Scotch Whisky.

It is hot. It is humid. So what should one pair on a summer’s eve with grilled beef, such as a juicy, gloriously fat-marbled, rib-eye steak? There are several options that pair well with grilled meats. Both Zinfandel and Syrah, for example, are considered classic grill food pairings as these tend to showcase bold fruit flavors and with a little spice. We certainly enjoy such varietal wines, and have recommended many here before. At the moment, however, we are thinking more along the lines of a good “meritage” – one that is fruity and hefty, with soft tannins yet is well structured enough to hold its own with the summer menu.

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Charity Begins In The Vineyard

August 10, 2015

Reviews of the Flam Blanc 2013 and the FEW Spirits Rye.

Many within the wine and liquor industry are remarkably generous.

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Democracy Of Reviews

August 5, 2015

Hooray for more wine reviewers. But stay away from most “celebrity” stuff.

When it comes to the formal evaluation of wines and spirits, the advent of the internet and the rise of social media have fundamentally altered, to some degree even leveled, and largely democratized the playing field. Now practically anyone with a computer can give voice to their views.

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Try Some Gruner

July 20, 2015

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 being grown in nearly every locale that can sustain a vineyard.

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