Category: Whisky Review

Presidental Preferences

Review of Shirah Wines White Hawk Syrah 2012 and Oban 14 year old Single Malt Scotch.
Most of our Presidents have been “healthy” drinkers, and many have had a fondness for fine wine—with the exception of a few lightweights and teetotalers.

From Adversity, Wine

Reviews of the Yatir Viognier 2010 and Haig Club Single Grain Scotch Whisky.
Many of the world’s finest wines, counter intuitive though it might seem, are actually created from grapes that grow in surprisingly meager conditions. Conditions that would cause other crops to suffer—like nutrient-poor soil, sparse water and daily temperature fluctuations—can stimulate the vines

Unesco

Review of the Kadma Syrah 2011 and Tomatin 18 Year Old, Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky.
Among the many programs established by the United Nations is the “Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.” The purpose of the catalog is to ensure the continued viability of specific folk practices and encourage dialog to

‘Captain Kirk’ chooses wine over Romulan ale

Reviews of the Herzog Variations Five Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 and two single malt Scotch Whiskies: the Tomintoul 16-year-old and Longrow Red Cabernet Sauvignon Cask 11-year-old.
We are thrilled to see that William Shatner, aka Captain Kirk (one of us is an unabashed “Star Trek” fan, the other is simply a fan of all things Shatner), has

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

Making It To The Top

Reviews of the Recanati Galilee Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 and several whiskies from The Glenlivet.
For the first time since 2008 an Israeli wine has been included in the Wine Spectator magazine’s annual list of this year’s “Top 100 Wines”. It is quite an honor since the magazine’s editors sample over 18,000 wines from around

Technology

Reviews of Domaine du Castel Grand Vin 2009 and Bushmills Original Irish Whiskey.
An interesting exhibition at Berlin’s Jewish Museum called “Die Erschaffung der Welt”, or “the Creation of the Word,” includes a work called “bios [torah]” that in some part examines the relationship between technology and man.

Wine Bath

Reviews of Neve Midbar 2011 and several Glenfarclas Single Highland Malt Scotch Whiskies.
Professional basketball star Amar’e Stoudemire, who proudly proclaims an ill-defined Jewish heritage of some sort—“I am a Hebrew through my mother” is how he put it in 2010, though his agent was quick to note “but he is not [Jewish]. He thinks

Green Wine

Reviews of the Aveleda Grinalda 2012 and two Old Pulteney Single Malt Scotch Whiskies.
It is not yet, thankfully, too cold for us to be able to enjoy a warm weather wine from Portugal: Vinho Verde (pronounced “veen-yo vehrd”). The name translates to “green wines.” Vinho Verde is not a grape varietal. The "green"