Category: Cabernet Sauvignon

It All Depends Upon The Grapes – And The Winemaker’s Skill

Review of the Soreka Special Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 and two single cask Kilchoman Single Malt Scotch Whiskies.
One question we are periodically asked is, "How do they get all those flavors into the wine?" The thought presumably being that the winemaker is somehow like a chef, creating finished dishes from a variety of ingredients

Israel’s Upper Galilee: A Fine Winegrowing Region

A review of the Adir Kerem Ben Zimra Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 and the Scotch Malt Whisky Society Cask 4.153, 11-year-old Highland Park.
The Upper Galilee's lush landscape, meandering streams and magnificent mountain views make it one of Israel's most attractive winegrowing regions. Noted Israeli wine maven Adam Montefiore has rightly called it, "the Israeli Tuscany

The “New Wine” For Jews

Reviews of the Covenant Solomon Lot 70 Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 and several SMWS single cask Scotch whiskies.
While wine has a pivotal role in Jewish life, whisky and other spirits, especially single malt Scotch whisky, have become quite the rage in shuls all across the country. Rare is the kiddush these days that does not

Inhospitable Locations, Better Wine

A review of Bazelet Hagolan Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 and Jim Beam's Devil's Cut 90 Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.
Although it seems somewhat counter-intuitive, the best grapes for wine frequently grow in the most inhospitable locations. This is a bit of a simplification, but basically the more stress the vines experience, the more flavorful are

Israeli Label Yarden Shows Much Promise

A review of Yarden wines from Israel's Golan Heights Winery.
In 1972, oenologist Cornelius Ough identified the Golan Heights as an ideal location for grape growing due to its altitude, cool climate and volcanic soil. More than a decade later the award-winning Golan Heights Winery was established and it is credited with invigorating Israeli winemaking

Dietary Laws Of Separation No Barrier To Blending Wine

A review of the Gvaot Gofna Chardonnay-Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 and Grand Old Parr 12 year old De Luxe Scotch Whisky.
Integral to Jewish belief and religious practice is the concept of separation. Many objects, certain behaviors and even time itself are differentiated as either holy or secular and mundane. The dietary laws exclude certain foods,

Wine Made With A Measure Of Tikkun Olam

A review of the Tulip Just Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, the Tulip Just Merlot 2010 and the Glennfiddich Cask of Dreams Single Malt Scotch Whisky.
With the onset of spring it seems appropriate that our next Passover seder wine suggestions are from Israel's Tulip Winery. Established in 2003 by the Yitzhaki family, the winery rests on

The Spiritual Side Of Wine

A review of the Or HaGanuz Namura Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 and Angel's Envy American Whiskey.
When consumed appropriately, wine has been known to induce contemplative and even religious thought. Sometimes, as we'll see shortly, it is exactly this sort of contemplative, religious thought that leads to the production of wine.

Location, Location, Location

A review of the Barkan Altitude +624 Cabernet Sauvignon and the Isle of Arran 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky.
While there are many factors that can be manipulated to affect the quality of a wine, there is one fundamental aspect that cannot be changed: the place where the grapes are grown. The monks