Scotch and Talmud, The Perfect Combo

October 19, 2011

suntory yamazaki

A review of the BR Cohn Trestle Glen Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 and the Suntory Yamazaki Single Malt 12 year old Whisky.

There is an intimate association between wine and music, as Robert Fripp, rock guitarist, memorably suggested: “Music is the wine that fills the cup of silence.” So it is not surprising that some in the music business have also become winemakers. A tad more surprising, perhaps, is that occasionally their wines are even kosher.

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A Toast to Sir Moses

October 12, 2011

Four Roses Bourbon

A review of the 1848 Winery Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 and the Four Roses 2011 Limited Edition Single Barrel 12 year old Bourbon.

The birth of the modern Israeli wine industry can be traced to Sir Moses Montefiore, the noted British philanthropist. Born in 1784, Montefiore gained great personal wealth as a businessman, ultimately retiring in 1924 to spend the rest of his life supporting various charities, including projects devoted to improving the lives of the Jews in the Holy Land. He established the first modern Jewish communities outside of Jerusalem, encouraging residents to pursue agriculture, including vineyard-tending.

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Back To The Source In Israel and Scotland

October 5, 2011

Glenfarclas 105

A review of the Psagot Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 and the Glenfarclas 10 year old, 17 year old and their “105” Single Malt Scotch Whiskies.

The Judean Hills have been a source of wine since biblical times. Currently home to nearly 30 wineries, the hills surrounding Jerusalem now produce some of Israel’s best wines. The region’s complex soils, wide temperature variations, morning dew and modulating breezes create numerous micro-climates that allow the grapes to develop distinctive flavors and characteristics.

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Daniel Rogov, A Great Vintage In His Own Right

September 21, 2011

Daniel Rogov

A tribute to the legendary Daniel Rogov including a review of the Mosby Kosher Plum Brandy Slivovitz.

The wine world has sadly become a little less interesting with the recent passing of Israel’s preeminent wine critic Daniel Rogov earlier this month. Rogov (as he preferred to be called) arrived on the Israeli wine scene just as there was a growing interest in quality improvement.

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Making the Desert Bloom – With Vineyards

September 7, 2011

Penderyn Single Malt

A review of the Kadesh Barnea Cabernet Sauvignon 2006, the Johnnie Walker “Blue Label” and the Penderyn Single Malt Welsh Whisky.

It seems almost poetic that the barren region where Moses brought forth water from a rock would eventually become a winery. Also known as the place where Miriam is buried, Kadesh Barnea in the western Negev is the site of a unique boutique winery. While it seems counterintuitive to grow grapes in the desert, the hot days and cool nights actually provide the type of wide temperature variations that result in flavorful and well-balanced wines.

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Napa’s Oldest Winery Leads Industry

June 1, 2011

Charles Krug

A review of Charles Krug wines on their 150th anniversary.

The 150th anniversary of the Napa Valley’s oldest winery, Charles Krug, will be celebrated this summer. With a $21.6 million renovation of its winemaking facilities and vineyards under way, the winery is positioning itself to remain a leader of California’s wine industry. The winery’s story began when the 27-year-old Krug left Germany in 1847 and became a teacher in Philadelphia. Inspired by the French Revolution, he returned home the next year to participate in the unsuccessful attempt to establish a German Republic and was imprisoned for nine months

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Location, Location, Location Factors Into Essence Of A Wine

March 30, 2011

O'Shaughnessy Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

A comparison of two excellent Napa Cabernet Sauvignons; the hillside grown O’Shaughnessy and the valley-floor grown Revana.

An easy way to appreciate the nuances, flavors and structure of a well-crafted wine is to open a second bottle. Side-by-side comparison of wines created from identical varietals but sourced from dissimilar locations often reveals more than tasting them individually. Even wines from the same vineyard might vary widely each year depending upon the weather or the techniques used during a particular season. Truly great wines maintain an underlying consistency that speaks to the specific site where the grapes are grown. The French term “terroir” embodies this concept of location as a determinant of a wine’s essence. Grapes grown in the verdant California climate are, and should be, different from those grown in less hospitable climes and those differences ideally are reflected in the wines they produce.

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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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Bennett Lane: Napa Newcomer Nails Cabernet And More

August 25, 2010

Bennett Lane Winery

A review of the terrific wines produced at Napa’s Bennett Lane Winery.

What do NASCAR and wine have in common? The answer lies near the northernmost aspect of Napa Valley at the Bennett Lane Winery.

Located just a couple of miles past Calistoga, Bennett Lane was established in 2003 by Randy and Lisa Lynch, who came to the area a year earlier looking for a second home surrounded by some vineyards. They were planning to live there part-time and sell the grapes rather than actually make wine.

But their timing was a bit off since the California wine industry was in one of its periodic downturns, making it not the best time to sell grapes. Entrepreneur Randy Lynch saw the situation as an opportunity rather than an obstruction. So they purchased a winemaking property, renamed it Bennett Lane, and focused their efforts on Cabernet Sauvignon.

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