Category: Syrah

Wines Fit For The Grill

A review of the Recanati Syrah Reserve 2011 and several Glenglassaugh Single Malt Scotch Whiskies.
It’s grilling time, and we could not be happier for there are few summer pleasures more gratifying than preparing meals outside. Whether you are a charcoal devotee or a fan of propane, rarely are there foods that don’t do well

Tulip Winery: Good Wine and Good Works, As Well

A review of the Tulip Syrah Reserve 2010 and several recommendations for Passover libations.
All Jewish holidays, outside of fast days, entail big, festive meals. Passover is, in many respects, the ultimate example of this, despite having a more restricted diet. Not only must we eat matzah and maror at the seder meals, but

Australia’s Only Kosher Winery

A review of the Harkham Shiraz 2010 and the Old Pulteney 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky.
This week our search for enjoyable kosher wines leads us to Australia's Hunter Valley. Located in New South Wales, about 75 miles north of Sydney, Hunter Valley is not well-recognized in the U.S. as a wine-producing region.

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

High Holidays – Time To Switch Sides

A review of the Flam Reserve Syrah 2010 and Boulard Calvados.
As a general rule of thumb, the High Holidays are neither early nor late but always on time - even when they seem to sneak up on you. Regardless of the actual dates, in the northern latitudes the holidays are in the autumn, whose

Israeli Label Yarden Shows Much Promise

A review of Yarden wines from Israel's Golan Heights Winery.
In 1972, oenologist Cornelius Ough identified the Golan Heights as an ideal location for grape growing due to its altitude, cool climate and volcanic soil. More than a decade later the award-winning Golan Heights Winery was established and it is credited with invigorating Israeli winemaking

Scotch In A Can?

A review of the Mony Reserve Syrah 2009 and look at a new product: Scotch in a Can.
The Mony Winery is an unlikely producer of kosher wines. The winery is located at the Dir Rafat Monastery in the foothills of the Jerusalem Mountains, part of the much vaunted Judean Hills wine region (the mountain

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

Preparing For Pesach’s Four Cups

A review of Odem Mountain Syrah Reserve 2009 and several Benromach Scotch Whiskies.
Traditionally one begins learning the laws of the Jewish holidays 30 days before they begin. This means focusing on Passover just as Purim has finished. Activity that, of course, entails so much more than just hitting the books to refresh ourselves on