Category: Carmel

How Much Time Should The Wine Spend In Its Bottle?

A review of the Carmel Mediterranean 2007 and several GlenDronach Single Malt Scotch Whiskies.
In a strictly biological sense, there is nothing "alive" in a bottle of wine, and yet there is no doubt that wine continues to evolve after bottling. Many have compared wine to a living creature since it begins as an organic

Smokey, Peaty Whisky Fans – We Feel Your Pain

A review of the Carmel Kayoumi Vineyard Shiraz 2007 and 2008 along with a review of the Kilchoman 2006 Single Malt Whisky.
Baron Edmond James de Rothschild is credited with establishing the modern Israeli winemaking industry in the late 19th century. As an ardent Zionist and owner of France's Chateau Lafite, Rothschild readily offered his

Daniel Rogov, A Great Vintage In His Own Right

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

Four Cups, Four Wines – Why Not?

Some suggestions for Passover wines.
The four cups of wine served at Pesach gives each guest the opportunity to expand their wine horizons. The significant increases in quality kosher wine producers around the globe and their willingness to try different varietals have enhanced the choices available for this year’s sedarim. This improvement is most readily

A Little Fine Wine With Your Blintzes

Some wine recommendations for Shavuot.
The Talmud states that there is no happiness without wine. As the only drink with its own blessing -- thanking the “Creator of the fruit of the vine” -- wine is integral to Shabbat and other Jewish holidays. Even the cup to hold the wine is special, often ornately decorated

Gifts For Wine Lovers

Gift suggestions for this year's holiday season.
By now your mailbox is overflowing with catalogs urging you to buy everything from a waxed-fruit subscription to a glow-in-the-dark menorah. While it is sometimes difficult to select appropriate holiday gifts, each year it gets easier to buy something for the wine-lovers on your list. Here are

Kosher-For-Pesach Wines Get Better and Better

Some wine recommendations for this year's seder.
When shopping for Passover this year, be prepared for some surprises when you walk down the wine aisle. There are new names on the shelves including two very well-known non-Jewish properties that have made kosher-for-Passover wine. And some of the more familiar producers have released novel varietals.

The Perfect Gift For A Dinner Party Host

Hanukkah wine suggestions.
Wine makes an excellent Hanukkah gift. Easily wrapped and portable, there are wines for all tastes: dry or sweet, bubbly or still, red, white or even pink. "Around the world the quality of wines has improved dramatically," said Jon Genderson, owner of Schneider's Wine Store in Washington DC. "This is especially true