Category: Muscat

A Variety Of Varietals

A review of the Balma Venitia Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise 2006 and several bottlings of Bowmore Single Malt Scotch.
Most casual wine drinkers are aware of only a few grape varietals such as Cabernet, Merlot, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Malbec and Shiraz. Others may have tried a Riesling, Pinot Gris or Petite Sirah. But there are literally

Shaken, Not Stirred

A review of the Herzog Late Harvest Orange Muscat 2011 and a look at the Martini.
We are often asked how and why kosher wine in the United States began as sweet, syrupy drek. The simplest answer is that the Jewish immigrants who settled in the northeastern United States way back when discovered that the

Even More Dessert Wines To Please Your Palate

Part 2 of a look at dessert wines including Tokaji, Quady Essensia, Niagara Peninsula Ice Wines and Tawny Ports.
Last week, I wrote about the legendary dessert wines from the Sauternes region of Bordeaux, France and the traditional off-dry Moscato d'Asti wines of Italy. But wine growing regions around the world have created unique methods

The Antidote To Boring Wines

A look at the wines of the Martinelli Winery.
Inside a red barn along Sonoma’s River Road is the Martinelli Winery tasting room. The Martinelli family planted their first vineyard in 1899 on a site known as ‘‘Jackass Hill,” a location reportedly so steep that only a fool would harvest there. During the ensuing century,

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

A Modest Proposal For Reaping Greater Rewards

Some wine related New Year's resolutions.
Nowhere does it say that New Year’s resolutions have to be limited to diet and exercise. For those who wish to enhance their wine experience and knowledge, here are some wine-related ones.

What’s For Dessert?: Sweet Wines Growing In Popularity

Dessert wines are an under-appreciated treasure.
Dessert wines may well be the next American wine craze. It seems only natural that a country that has donut shops and ice cream parlors on nearly every corner will learn eventually to appreciate the wonders of a well-made "stickie." It is a mystery why dessert wines are not

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