The Art of Wine at Hess

April 10, 2018

There are few wineries that so intimately demonstrate the notion of wine making as art than the Hess Collection.

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Revisiting Argentina

January 15, 2018

A look at some recent releases from Argentina.

The first Argentinian vineyards were planted in the mid 1500s by Spanish conquistadors. Winemaking became increasingly popular in Argentina over the ensuing centuries but the quality didn’t keep up with the quantity.  The 1990s saw a dramatic improvement in their wines and now Argentina is now among the world’s leading wine exporting countries.

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Summer Wine Adventures

June 9, 2017

Some 2017 Summer Wine Suggestions.

Beyond the Memorial Day barbecues are several months of warmer weather that call for a different wine drinking strategy. Cellar those big Cabernets and move to a lighter style with bright fruit and crisp acidity for balance that will work well with the typical summer foods and as a sipper to enjoy on the deck with friends. These wines are to enjoy right away and their reasonable price points allow for a bit of adventure without a huge financial risk.

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Magical Wine Drinking

November 14, 2016

Does the glassware make a difference or is it wishful thinking?

All good magic tricks occur in the mind. Like watching Penn catch a bullet in his mouth shot from a pistol Teller is holding on the other side of the stage. Rationally you know that it cannot be true, yet there is still a part of you that wants to believe that it really happened.

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Jefferson’s Triumph

December 4, 2015

Review of the Molon Lave Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 and Kilchoman 100% Islay, 3rd Edition Single Malt Whisky.

Somewhere Thomas Jefferson is smiling. Our third President was an unabashed oenophile, asserting that “wine from long habit has become an indispensable for my health,” and while at Monticello consumed an average of 400 bottles of French, Spanish, German, Portuguese and Italian wine annually. He spent a great deal of time and effort trying to make his home state of Virginia into a world class winemaking region. Unfortunately Jefferson could never produce a decent wine from the vineyards planted near his estate.

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Top 10 Kosher Wines Over $30

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.

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A Toast To The Legendary Winemaker, Joseph Phelps

May 18, 2015

Reviews of the Covenant Napa Valley Solomon Lot 70 Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 and Russell’s Reserve Small Batch 10-Year-Old Bourbon.

The domestic wine world lost one of its leading lights last month when celebrated California winemaker Joseph Phelps passed away at age 87. For over 40 years Phelps remained at the forefront of Napa winemaking with his Bordeaux and Rhone styled blends, and his single varietal bottlings. Along with other legends, including Robert Mondavi and Chuck Wagner, Phelps helped established Napa as a world renowned wine producing region.

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Kosher Wine’s Hero

March 30, 2015

Reviews of the latest wines from Covenant Winery.

Though relatively late to the fight as a wine producer, one of the heroes of the kosher-wine battle against the entrenched anti-kosher wine bias is Jeff Morgan, owner and winemaker at the Covenant Winery in Berkeley, Calif. Morgan is not only crafting some of the world’s finest wines which just so happen to also be certified kosher, he is doing so essentially with his hands behind his back (as he’s not allowed to touch his non-mevushal wines during production).

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Davids And Goliaths Of Wine

March 25, 2015

Review of Abarbanel Batch 22 Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 and a revisit to Boulard Calvados XO.

In popular and secular terms, the biblical confrontation between David and Goliath is seized upon as a shorthand reference for a hopeful image of the underdog, a contest or battle between a relatively small or weak opponent against a much bigger and much stronger adversary. In the world of kosher wine, this image comes periodically to mind—though obviously minus the inherent violence and explicit “good-guy vs. bad-guy” overtones. One of our longtime favorite “Davids” in the kosher wine world is the Abarbanel Brand Wines.

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