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.

How Much Time Should The Wine Spend In Its Bottle?

A review of the Carmel Mediterranean 2007 and several GlenDronach Single Malt Scotch Whiskies.
In a strictly biological sense, there is nothing "alive" in a bottle of wine, and yet there is no doubt that wine continues to evolve after bottling. Many have compared wine to a living creature since it begins as an organic

A Taste Of Black And White

A review of the Vinobles David Cote du Rhone Villages-Reserve 2010 kosher wine and the Black & White Blended Scotch Whisky.
The Rhone river valley produces some of the world's finest red wines. It is comprised of two geographically and viticulturally distinct regions. The Northern Rhone climate varies widely through the year and is known

On The Importance Of Vintage

A review of the Recanati Petite Sirah/Zinfandel Reserve 2010 and several Springbank Single Malt Scotch Whiskies.
Vintage is the most important number on a wine label. Each growing season brings its own differences in vineyard temperatures and rainfall, which significantly affect the quality and character of the grapes. The winemaker's role is to create the

Sparkling Wine: Too Good For Just New Year’s Eve

Reviews of the kosher Louis de Sacy Brut Champagne and the Lagavulin 16 Year Old and Distiller's Edition 1996 Islay Single Malt Scotch Whiskies.
New Year's Eve is traditionally celebrated with a Champagne toast. This is likely because the bubbles are considered festive, or perhaps in the belief that drinking something expensive will bring good

Options Abound For Holiday Cheer

Sparkling Wine Recommendations To Celebrate The New Year
A consequence of the current economic doldrums is the savvy wine consumer’s greater willingness to explore less-familiar wines and regions that offer both quality and value. This is especially true for those who wish to toast the holidays with something bubbly but do not want to shell

The Kosher Wine Exception

A review of the Martins Malbec 2010 and Laphroaig Cairdeas Origin 2012 Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky.
Week after week, we write about some of the many worthwhile kosher wines being produced all over the world. For many months we made a point of indicating where the wines we reviewed could be purchased locally, but

The Essential Tool Of Blending

A review of the Shiloh Winery Mosaic 2007 and Talisker 10 year old Single Malt Scotch Whisky.
Blending, as we've noted before, is one of the essential tools in the winemaker's bag of tricks. Often winemakers find that many of their single varietals need a bit of help in becoming more balanced, fragrant or interesting.

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