Category: Merlot

A ‘Signature’ Wine From Upper Galilee

Review of the Ramot Naftaly Duet 2010 and several of the Bowmore Single Malt Scotch Whiskies.
Most established wineries produce a “signature” bottling. Usually a product of their finest grapes, these flagship wines are meant to reflect both the winemaker’s skill and the winery’s specific terroir. These signature wines, often with limited-production runs, tend to

Better Than Chanukah Gelt

Our Chanukah wish list including some kosher wines and a bunch of the great spirits we've recently enjoyed.
Chanukah gift-giving is really just an American transmogrification mimicking Xmas of the actual Jewish custom of giving Chanukah gelt (money). Still, we have nonetheless given in to modern convention and have compiled a list of a few

Hot Tips On Mevushal Wine

What is "Mevushal" anyway? Also a review of Dalton Safsufa Merlot 2009 and Famous Grouse Blended Scotch Whisky.
One of the most confusing aspects of kosher wine is the concept of yayin mevushal or "cooked" wine. The following discussion might seem academic, but we are continuously asked about this, so we thought a brief treatment

What’s In A (Wine’s) Name?

A review of the Gilgal Merlot 2007 and the Arran Malt 14 year old Single Malt Whisky.
On a plateau within the Golan Heights is a series of five concentric stone circles made up of more than 42,000 volcanic basalt rocks. Thought to be from the early Bronze Age period, this megalithic monument's outermost wall

Summer Indulgences

A review of the Domaine du Castel Rosé 2011 and a look at the Mint Julep.
There are few better summer indulgences than a glass of chilled rosé. Not the horrific, semi-sweet "white" blush wines from California that remains surprisingly popular. The rosés worth drinking are "dry," without significant residual sugar, and display bright fruit

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

Merlot Finally Gets Its Due

A review of the Herzog Special Reserve Merlot 2006and the Jameson 12 year old, the Bushmill's Original and the Kilbeggan Irish Whiskies.
Merlot is no longer the unwanted stepchild of the wine world. The previous lack of respect did not stem from anything inherent to the varietal. Rather, it was an offshoot of overplanting in

Napa’s Oldest Winery Leads Industry

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

Location, Location, Location Factors Into Essence Of A Wine

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