Category: Israeli Wine

What Wines Did King David Drink?

Reviews of Shiloh Legend II 2010 and several Speyburn Single Malt Scotch Whiskies.
Although the biblical texts are replete with references to wine, the exact varietals employed to create these libations remain a mystery. From the seventh century Islamic conquest of the region until the rebirth of the modern Israeli wine industry in the late

Elephant Walls And French Whisky

Review of Or Haganuz, Amuka Series, Idra Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 and Brenne Estate Single Cask, Single Malt French Whisky.
One of the first things we are traditionally “required” to do after breaking our Yom Kippur fast is to begin building our sukkah. It shouldn’t come as any surprise that the rabbinic discussions about

Fast Breaking

Reviews of the Golan Heights Winery’s Gilgal Brut and Talisker 10 year old Single Malt Scotch Whisky.
Breaking the Yom Kippur fast is a nominally festive occasion customarily celebrated with family and friends. And while the meal occurs at the end of a long day, the foods are usually some variation of a milchik (dairy)

A Sweet New Year

Review of Miharmartif “Antique Red Sweet Wine” and several Boulard Calvados.
During Rosh Hashanah we traditionally pray and wish for a “good and sweet new year.” Keeping with this theme, we thought we’d recommend a sweeter, dessert-style wine at the conclusion of the meal. Spirits-wise, for an elegant and enjoyable change of pace, we thought

New Year – New Winery

Reviews of the Montefiore White 2012 and Drambuie Scotch Whisky Liqueur.
Winemaking is an expensive, time consuming and frequently frustrating enterprise. We feel that new high-risk ventures that are able to create enjoyable wines deserve our support. An example is Kerem Montefiore, is a small boutique wine producer, established in 2010 to celebrate the

The Best In Value-Priced Wine

The Top 10 Kosher wines ($20 or less) and our 5 Favorite Whiskies for the past year.
Last week we listed the Top 10 kosher wines we tasted over the past year that cost $30 or more a bottle. After all, festive holiday meals with family and friends are nigh, so a bit of

Top 10 Kosher Wines Over $30

Our Top 10 kosher wines $30 and up for the past year long with a alook at Diageo's Orphan Barrel Whiskey Project.
During the Jewish month of Elul, the final month in the Jewish calendar, we are enjoined to reflect on where we stand and where we should be going in life. Thus it is

Getting The Whiskey’s ‘Backstory’

A review of the Ramot Naftaly Duet 2010 and a revisit to High West whiskies.
We are often asked why we do not assign a numerical score to the wines and spirits we review. After all, it is a process employed by many of the most popular reviewers including the eminent Robert Parker, the

Fraud In The Wine Business

The finale of a high-profile wine-fraud along with a review of the Barkan Assemblage Tzafit 2010 and a look at Irish Whiskies including a review of Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey.
A few weeks ago, wine fraudster Rudy Kurnaiwan was sentenced to 10 years in prison and fined $20 million, according to The New York Times.