Stick With “Stickies” But Don’t Be A Snob

November 16, 2011

Famous Grouse

A review of S’Forno Puglia Moscato and the Famous Grouse Blended Scotch Whisky.

For more than 30 years now, kosher wine cognoscenti have fought a pitched battle against the identification of “kosher wine” with sweet Kiddush-style wines, demanding greater attention from wine critics, insisting upon enlightened attitudes by liquor store owners, and generally taking issue with kosher consumer tastes. This is understandable, up to a point. But much has changed in the kosher wine world. Unfashionable though it may be, we remain unabashed fans of sweet wine – or “stickies” to employ the Australian term for sweet wines (just seems more appropriate).

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For the Love of Lombardy’s Lovely Wines

September 28, 2011

Monte Ciogna Don Lisander

A review of wines from Italy’s Lombardy region.

Italy’s Lombardy region has been producing wines for centuries. Bordered by the Alps to the north and the Po River in the south, Lombardy is a cool-climate location for wine production dotted with lakes that modulate the local temperatures. The area is best known for its aromatic cheeses, and many of its grapes and wines are spirited off to be consumed elsewhere.

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Ultra-Vintage Scotch Is Delish, But Is It Worth It?

August 10, 2011

Glenmorangie Pride 1981

A review of the Laurent-Perrier Cuvee Rose Brut and the Glenmorangie Pride 1981.

Champagne is usually associated with celebrations and secular holidays. Served chilled, Champagnes and other sparkling wines are very food-friendly and refreshing, especially during the warm summer months. Although other countries and regions have tried to expropriate the name, true Champagne is produced exclusively in the eponymous French appellation northeast of Paris. The principle grapes used to make Champagne are pinot noir, chardonnay and pinot meunier and they must be grown in specifically designated areas within the region. Production and quality are strictly regulated to assure the high degree of quality expected from this most regal of sparkling wines.

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Cava: One Of The World’s Greatest Wine Values

February 24, 2011

Segura Viudas Heredad

A review of several of the Segura Viudas Cavas.

Cava, the inexpensive Spanish sparkler, is flavorful, food-friendly and comes in a variety of styles. Every wine-lover should own several bottles since their low price makes them perfect for everyday consumption. And their high quality assures enjoyment during special occasions.

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Wines Celebrate The Spirit Of St. Valentine

January 26, 2011

Mollydooker Carnival of Love

Some suggestions for Valentine’s Day wines including Cremant d’Alsace, Pedro Ximenez and several whose names reflect romance.

Many centuries ago, Euripides noted the intimate relationship between wine and passion: “Where there is no wine, there is no love.” The ancient Greek playwright undoubtedly was alluding to the aphrodisiacal qualities of wine’s myriad flavors. The choices for this Valentine’s Day include many wines that allow the full expression of this association along a broad range of styles

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Sparkling Wines Contribute To Sparkling Holidays

December 22, 2010

Gruet Blanc de Noirs

Some sparkling wine suggestions for the holidays including Schramsberg, J Vineyards and Gruet.

The versatility and variety of flavors in sparkling wines make them a favorite for the holidays. Sparklers are the result of a secondary fermentation that occurs after the first is completed, usually because some additional sugar and yeast is added to the base wine. The resulting carbon dioxide is dissolved in the wine and appears when the bottle is opened. Techniques utilized to create sparking wines include the traditional, very laborious (and costly) methode champenois where the second fermentation occurs in the bottle and the less-expensive “charmant” where it occurs in a tank.

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Musings on Food and Wine Pairing

February 11, 2010

DC wine &food festival

Wine and food pairing is not very complex.

We all know the rules. Wine and food are meant to compliment each other. But the complexity of multiethnic cuisine and the subtlety of much of modern gastronomy have invalidated the traditional convention of “red with meat and white with fish.” There is really only one iron-clad rule: Drink what you like! Don’t be swayed by scores, prices or the presence of animals on the label.

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Planning Ahead: Suggestions For Romantic Sipping

January 27, 2010

Palazzo Montanari Amarone

Romantic wine suggestions for Valentine’s Day

Indulge your beloved by sharing a bottle of wine or other fine libation on Valentine’s Day. California’s full-bodied Terra Valentine Spring Mountain Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 ($38), with richly spiced dark currant and blackberry flavors that finish with cedar, chocolate and caramel, is an excellent choice. Or, sip the more hedonistic, highly regarded Mollydooker Carnival of Love McLaren Vale Shiraz 2007 ($90), with big mouth-filling blueberry, exotic spice and dark plum flavors that seem to linger forever.

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Wines Sparkle For More Than Special Occasions

January 28, 2009

Chandon Reserve Brut

Some sparkling wine recommendations.

Resist the temptation to assign unused bottles of holiday Champagne and other sparklers to next year’s festivities and look for reasons to share them now. The balanced acidity of sparkling wines makes them food-friendly, and they come in sufficient styles, flavors and prices to fit most budgets and tastes.

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