Petite Sirah A Somewhat Undiscovered Gem

Reviews of several Petite Sirah wines from California.
Petite Sirah has seen dramatic changes since our last look at this underappreciated varietal several years ago. Its classic dark berry and cherry flavors accented with mild peppery spiciness make it easy to praise as an ideal wine for grilled foods and hearty winter fare. But for

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

What To Drink With Your Brisket

A review of the Dalton Zinfandel 2010 and some suggestions for Passover libations.
Though the Passover seder has firmly established millennia old rules, rituals and traditions - the very word "seder" means "order" or "arrangement" - after all, the Jewish way is to conduct the night's proceedings with highly personalized, family specific, customs and practices.

Blame The French

A review of the Barkan "Reichan" Assemblage Galil 2010 and Tullamore Dew Blended Irish Whiskey.
One of the facets of wine culture that has contributed mightily to its more negative reputation for effete, snobby, high-brow insularity is the wine world's propensity for invoking foreign words and phrases. If a culprit must be found, blame France.

Meshugas From Maker’s

Review of the Yikvei Zion Armon Reserve 2007 and a look at the flip-flop over Maker's Mark Bourbon Whisky.
Israel's first "modern" winery was established over 150 years ago. Originally located in the Old City of Jerusalem near the Kotel, the Zion Winery - now in Mishor Adumim, the industrial estate near Maale Adumim, east

Kosher Food And Wine Experience

A review of the Hagafen Riesling 2012 and several whiskies including Angel's Envy, the Tomintoul 10-year-old single malt and two single malts from Glengoyne.
The 2013 Kosher Food and Wine Experience was held in NYC earlier this month. This annual tasting event is one of the best opportunities-along with their tasting events in London and

Kicking Off A New Year With Chablis

A review of some of the excellent white wines produced in Chablis.
It is always an excellent time to become acquainted with Chablis. Located nearly 100 miles south of Paris, Chablis is the northernmost aspect of the renowned Burgundy region although the vineyards are actually closer to Champagne than to the rest of the Burgundy.

Israel’s Upper Galilee: A Fine Winegrowing Region

A review of the Adir Kerem Ben Zimra Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 and the Scotch Malt Whisky Society Cask 4.153, 11-year-old Highland Park.
The Upper Galilee's lush landscape, meandering streams and magnificent mountain views make it one of Israel's most attractive winegrowing regions. Noted Israeli wine maven Adam Montefiore has rightly called it, "the Israeli Tuscany

Sparkling Wine From The “Cava”

Reviews of the Elvi Wines Brut Cava and the first three offerings from the Jewish Whisky Company under their private "Single Cask Nation" label.
Cava is Spain's best known sparkling wine. It is produced primarily in the Catalonia region, which borders France along the Mediterranean coast. The name "Cava," which is Catalan for cave or