Plan Your Pinot Perusing Vacation Early

The International Pinot Noir Celebration (IPNC) in McMinnville Oregon is a winelover's dream vacation.
The answer to where a discerning wine lover should go on their next vacation has become extremely easy to answer. Plan a trip to Oregon, specifically during the last week of July, for the annual International Pinot Noir Celebration. Held in

Oak And Wine — A Heavenly Match

A look at the role of oak in winemaking along with reviews of the Dalton Unoaked Chardonnay 2012 and several Balvenie Single Malt Scotch Whiskies.
Why oak? At first glance it would seem unlikely that the wood from a tree and the fruit of the vine would have such a longstanding relationship. While both oak

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

Further Gift Ideas For The Wine Lover On One’s List

Some more holiday gift selections for the wine lover's on your list.
The holiday catalogs abound with numerous gifts ideal for the wine-lovers on your list. In addition to a nice bottle of bubbly or a Pinot Noir from Oregon or the Russian River Valley, consider some other ideas that will not spill or require

Yes,There Really Is Kosher Moldovan Wine

A review of the Le Soreq Sauvignon Blanc 2012 and two Mortlach Single Malt Scotch Whiskies.
Moldova is a landlocked country sandwiched between Ukraine and Romania with a long history of winemaking. There are fossil records that indicate grapes flourished in Moldova 6 million to 25 million years ago, and the country was a significant

Wine Books Are Perfect Holiday Gifts

Books are the focus of this year’s gift suggestions for wine-lovers.
Did you know that 90 % of the wine sold annually in the US retails for less than $12? Jeff Siegel certainly does. He has been a tireless proponent of well-made, value-priced wines for many years and his most recent book, The Wine

The Growing Population Of Sweet Reds

A review of Ben Ami Zmora Semi-Sweet Cabernet Sauvignon and the "Whisky of the Year," the Glenmorangie Ealanta, 19 Year old Single Malt Scotch Whisky.
One of the fastest growing segments of the wine industry is sweet red wines. This isn’t much of a surprise since most folks grow up and continue to go through

Wish List For Chanukah Gifts

Some suggestions for wine and spirits related holiday gifts.
With the beginning of Chanukah falling on Thanksgiving, many folks will be focused on the traditional turkey-centric meal and related Thanksgiving aspects of the day. But it is good to remember that Chanukah is not only the more important of the two holidays, it also lasts

Pushing The (Winemaking) Envelope

A review of the Weinstock Alicante Bouschet 2010, the Talisker Storm and the Talisker 10 year old Single Malt Whiskies.
Winemaking is a complex, time-consuming and often expensive endeavor. The inherent risks of dealing with the vagaries of weather, yeasts and market forces would seem to favor a more formulaic approach to making wine. Fortunately,