December 21, 2015
For the wine-lovers on your holiday gift list that would appreciate a good read.
October 13, 2015
Our annual list of the Top 10 kosher wines from the previous year costing $30 or more/bottle along with a review of the Laphroaig 18 year old Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky.
At this time of year, around the Yamim Noraim (the Days of Awe), we are supposed to reflect on the past year and where we should be going in life. It is a perfect time to look back and select our top wines from the previous year. This week we will focus on wines costing $30 or more that are worthy to collect and cellar or, better yet, to share with family and special friends. Next week we will look at the top 10 value-priced wines we especially enjoyed this past year.
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.
March 11, 2015
Review of the Black Tulip 2011 and The Glenlivet 12-Year-Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
It turns out that 40 percent of American adults enjoy drinking wine, with a third of those drinking a glass or two several times a week. The breakdown showed that 19 percent of those surveyed only drink wine, 19 percent drink wine and liquor but no beer, 20 percent drink wine and beer but no liquor, and the remaining 42 percent drink all three.
November 26, 2014
Wine suggestions to accompany your Thanksgiving Feast.
While Thanksgiving is a time for celebrating family and friends, it is also an opportunity to try some unfamiliar wines. The classic meal of turkey, stuffing and various side-dishes provide a broad palate of flavors, textures and aromas as a starting point for selecting accompanying wines. As with any complex meal, look for wines that have good fruit flavors, refreshing acidity for balance and are not too tannic or oaky.
May 8, 2014
A review of Chateau Rollan de By 2010 and Old Forester Birthday Bourbon.
Thanks to the British, the world of fine wine is firmly anchored to the love of claret. A derivative of the Latin term for “clear,” the word “claret” used to refer to the pale, rosé-like color of the wines of Bordeaux back in the 14th and 15th centuries. Even though the wines of Bordeaux began to be made typically darker and deeper in color and body over the centuries, the British wine trade, and their hoighty-toighty clientele, adopted the term “claret” in the 1700s to refer to the dark red wines of Bordeaux. Today the term “claret” remains a generic reference to the wines of Bordeaux (and also wines styled after Bordeaux). It is even a legally protected trade name within the European Union, describing a red Bordeaux wine.
June 12, 2013
Reviews of some of the outstanding wines of Chateaux Brane-Cantenac.
In 1855, Napoleon III decided that the Bordeaux wineries represented at the Exposition Universelle de Paris need to be classified. Ranging from “First Cru” (growths) to “Fifth Cru,” these rankings have endured, despite significant changes in the size of many of the vineyards, with only a few modifications — among the most famous being the elevation of Mouton-Rothschild to “First Cru” in 1973. This is no mere list because the winery’s Cru classification has a direct effect upon the prices their wines can command. The cost of a bottle of the prestigious “First Growths” (Lafite-Rothschild, Latour, Margaux, Haut-Brion, and Mouton-Rothschild) is frankly astronomical and out of reach for many wine lovers. Thankfully there are other classified wines of the Medoc whose excellent quality is associated with a more approachable price. Not to say these other Bordeaux are inexpensive. But for those who wish to experience some memorable wines, it is certainly worth collecting a few friends to buy a bottle or two to share.
June 3, 2009
At look at the 2006 Bordeaux courtesy of “Heart’s Delight.”
Among the featured wines at the annual Heart’s Delight wine tasting and auction, a benefit for the American Heart Association held earlier this month in the District, were the 2006 Bordeaux. Coming on the heels of the much-heralded 2005s — considered a nearly perfect vintage — late September rains helped dampen expectations. But the 2006s have not received the notice they deserve. The Bordelais know how to blend varietals to maintain their specific style, and the Chateaux that managed their vineyards carefully and controlled yields created impressive wines. Several are surprisingly ready to drink, while others need at least five years to reach their potential.