Category: Israeli Wine

The Taste Of Rocks

A look at the concept of "minerality" in wine with reviews of the Dalton Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2012 and Bruichladdich, Islay Barley, Rockside Farm, 2007, Unpeated Single Malt Scotch Whisky.
Several of the wines we have recently recommended have a notable “minerality” as part of their flavor profile. At first glance, minerality seems to be

How America Caused – And Cured – A Winemaking Crisis

A review of Castel Rosé du Castel 2013 and Isle of Arran 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky.
Among the plethora of pests that winemakers must contend against, none has been more devastating than a sap-sucking insect named “phylloxera.” This tiny aphid-like bug destroys vines by feeding off the roots, thereby choking off the

Israeli Wines Continue Ancient Tradition

Reviews of the Psagot Edom 2011 and the Kilkerran “Work in Progress” 5th release, Sherry Wood Single Malt Scotch Whisky.
Given the importance of wine in ancient times, it is not surprising that the writing on a clay jug fragment found in Jerusalem dating from the time of King Solomon is actually part of a

Burgundy’s Long Reach

Reviews of Domaine du Castel “C” Chardonnay 2012 and several Glen Grant Single Malt Scotch Whiskies.
Led by the owners of two of the region’s most renowned vineyards, France’s Burgundy region has applied to become a recognized UNESCO World Heritage Site. This honor is conferred upon locations that have “outstanding universal value from the historical,

Israel’s Developing Wine Culture

Reviews of Gamla Syrah 2010 and Balvenie 15 year old Single Barrel Sherry Cask.
A recent visit to Israel has reaffirmed our enthusiasm for the Holy Land’s developing wine culture. Besides the different wineries that seen to be cropping up nearly every week, there is a palpable sense that enjoying wine is becoming as fundamental

Yeast Is Not Only For Bread

A review of the Dalton Wild Yeast Fermentation Reserve Viognier 2012 and Four Roses Kentucky Bourbon.
Among the many factors that determine a wine’s quality, perhaps the least appreciated by most consumers is the role of yeast. It is these microscopic, single-cell organisms that convert the sugars found in grapes (and grains) into alcohol and

Wine Your Cellar Will Love

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.

Crime In A Bottle

A review of the Recanati Shiraz 2011 and 2 Speyburn Single Malt Scotch Whiskies.
Not long ago, the wine world was rocked by crime. Not anything, we hasten to add, as silly as red wine with fish (especially since that actually works in many cases). Rather we are referring to several high profile cases that

Is It Worth The Price?

A review of the Dalton Alma Chardonnay-Viognier 2011 and the (r?)1 Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey.
One question we are asked fairly frequently about booze is, “Is that worth the money?” While we may sometimes have a ready answer to offer in the moment, it is actually a question that gives us pause as it lends