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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Wine Your Cellar Will Love

April 11, 2014

Passover wine suggestions.

With Passover just around the corner, we thought we’d highlight a couple of wines to enjoy over the festivities. One of the newest and hottest-selling Israeli kosher wines to hit the U.S. market is the 2012 Pasco Project #1 ($25) made by the critically acclaimed winemaker, and our friend, Lewis Pasco.

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Introducing The “Cab Franc”

April 15, 2013

Reviews of the Alexander Reserve Cabernet Franc 2009 and several Tomintoul Single Malt whiskies.

Cabernet franc is one of the lesser-known grape varietals. Aromatic and with a softer feel than its better-known progeny cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc is usually added to enhance aromas and mellow a wine’s structure without sacrificing its ability to age. Cabernet franc, or “cab franc” as it is often called for short, even plays a prominent role in several of the most exalted Bordeaux wines. Cab franc can be excellent on its own, or as the primary or dominant constituent to a blend, and the resulting wines can range from rustic and austere to rich and balanced.

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Better Than Chanukah Gelt

December 6, 2012

Four Gates Winery

Our Chanukah wish list including some kosher wines and a bunch of the great spirits we’ve recently enjoyed.

Chanukah gift-giving is really just an American transmogrification mimicking Xmas of the actual Jewish custom of giving Chanukah gelt (money). Still, we have nonetheless given in to modern convention and have compiled a list of a few things that we wouldn’t mind being given.

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An Alluring Varietal

July 18, 2012

Dovev Cabernet Frac

A review of the Dovev Cabernet Franc 2010 and some news about Bruichladdich along with a review of their 10-year-old, Unpeated, Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky.

Although often relegated to a secondary role in winemaking, Cabernet Franc is actually a very alluring grape varietal. Traditionally utilized as a blending grape to soften the tannins of Bordeaux’s Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, Cab Franc has become successful as a single bottling in France’s Loire region as well as some New World wineries where convention holds less import. It also makes a fantastic dessert-style ice wine.

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Modest Beginnings

July 4, 2012

Gush Etzion Winery

Reviews of the Gush Etzion Cabernet Franc 2007 kosher wine and 2 expressions of Maker’s Mark Bourbon Whiskey.

Inspiration comes in many forms, but for the Gush Etzion Winery, an Israeli boutique winery, it came in the improbable form of a blackberry bush. When Shraga and Tamar Rosenberg relocated from Jerusalem to Efrat in 1986, their new neighbors informed them that the blackberry bush in their yard produced fruit that made good blackberry wine. Shraga, a former retirement home manager, decided to tinker, fermenting crushed blackberries in his basement, and moved on from blackberries to grapes.

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Summer Indulgences

May 10, 2012

Makers Mark Bourbon

A review of the Domaine du Castel Rosé 2011 and a look at the Mint Julep.

There are few better summer indulgences than a glass of chilled rosé. Not the horrific, semi-sweet “white” blush wines from California that remains surprisingly popular. The rosés worth drinking are “dry,” without significant residual sugar, and display bright fruit flavors balanced with crisp acidity. They are usually created by either allowing the pressed juice to have only minimal contact with the skins or by a method known as “saignee” (bleeding), which removes lightly colored juice from vats to concentrate the remaining future wine. Nearly every red grape has been made into a rosé. Regardless of the methodology, the goal is to create a wine that maintains elements of the varietal’s character in a lighter more refreshing fashion.

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Wish They All Could Be Napa Valley’s Fine Wines

October 27, 2010

Chappellet Winery

A review of several of the excellent wines produced at Napa’s Chappellet Winery.

Within two years of Donn and Molly Chappellet’s establishment of their eponymous winery, they produced a Cabernet Sauvignon still considered one of the finest ever made in Napa, Calif. The Chappellet Winery, now run by their children, remains in the forefront of innovation, sustainability and exceptional quality.

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Even More Dessert Wines To Please Your Palate

December 10, 2009

Quady Essensia

Part 2 of a look at dessert wines including Tokaji, Quady Essensia, Niagara Peninsula Ice Wines and Tawny Ports.

Last week, I wrote about the legendary dessert wines from the Sauternes region of Bordeaux, France and the traditional off-dry Moscato d’Asti wines of Italy. But wine growing regions around the world have created unique methods dedicated solely to the art of producing these wines.

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