The Wines of Madeira Age Gracefully

November 30, 2011

madeira bottles

A review of the Blandy’s 10-year-old Malmsey and the Blandy’s 5-year-old Alvada Madeiras.

The wines of Madeira are among the world’s longest lasting, with examples more than 100 years old still exhibiting youthful freshness and balance. Located 400 miles off the coast of Morocco, the island began winemaking in the 1400s when Portugal’s Prince Henry had the sweet Greek Malvasia grapes planted upon the hillsides along with Sicilian sugar cane.

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Jewish Family – Jewish Nation Blend

November 23, 2011

springbank 10 year old

A review of the Alexander Reserve Sandro Cabernet-Merlot 2007 and the Springbank 10-year old 100 proof Cambeltown Single Malt Scotch Whisky.

While still dominated by the large winemaking companies, the Israeli wine scene is becoming increasingly populated by small, family-owned wineries. The three biggest players – Carmel Winery, Barkanand Golan Heights Winery, along with their respective subsidiaries – account for more than 65 pecent of the 2011 grape harvest.

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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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Don’t Whine; Join a Wine Club

November 9, 2011

Laphroaig Triple Wood

A review of the Hagafen Sauvignon Blanc 2009 and the Laiphroaig Triple Wood Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky.

While the quality and diversity of kosher wines have dramatically increased over the past several years, they can still be difficult to find, unless you know where to look.

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Sipping the Finest From Spain to Tennessee

November 2, 2011

Elvi Mati

A review of the Elvi Mati 2009 and the Jack Daniels Old # 7, their Gentleman Jack Rare and their Single Barrel Select Tennessee Whiskies.

The link between Jews and Spain is believed to have been forged in the times of King Solomon. Prosperity and then persecution ensued over the next several centuries, culminating in the expulsion of the Jews in 1492. In the 19th century Jews began to slowly return to Spain and now there are several cities with sizable Jewish communities.

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Port, An Ideal Sipper for Fall’s Cooler Temperatures

October 26, 2011

Fonseca Port

A review of several vintages of Croft, Taylor Fladgate and Fonseca Ports

Port, produced in the northern Portugal region of the Douro Valley, is created by adding a neutral spirit to stop the wine’s fermentation while there is still some residual sugar.

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Scotch and Talmud, The Perfect Combo

October 19, 2011

suntory yamazaki

A review of the BR Cohn Trestle Glen Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 and the Suntory Yamazaki Single Malt 12 year old Whisky.

There is an intimate association between wine and music, as Robert Fripp, rock guitarist, memorably suggested: “Music is the wine that fills the cup of silence.” So it is not surprising that some in the music business have also become winemakers. A tad more surprising, perhaps, is that occasionally their wines are even kosher.

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A Toast to Sir Moses

October 12, 2011

Four Roses Bourbon

A review of the 1848 Winery Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 and the Four Roses 2011 Limited Edition Single Barrel 12 year old Bourbon.

The birth of the modern Israeli wine industry can be traced to Sir Moses Montefiore, the noted British philanthropist. Born in 1784, Montefiore gained great personal wealth as a businessman, ultimately retiring in 1924 to spend the rest of his life supporting various charities, including projects devoted to improving the lives of the Jews in the Holy Land. He established the first modern Jewish communities outside of Jerusalem, encouraging residents to pursue agriculture, including vineyard-tending.

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Back To The Source In Israel and Scotland

October 5, 2011

Glenfarclas 105

A review of the Psagot Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 and the Glenfarclas 10 year old, 17 year old and their “105” Single Malt Scotch Whiskies.

The Judean Hills have been a source of wine since biblical times. Currently home to nearly 30 wineries, the hills surrounding Jerusalem now produce some of Israel’s best wines. The region’s complex soils, wide temperature variations, morning dew and modulating breezes create numerous micro-climates that allow the grapes to develop distinctive flavors and characteristics.

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