An Alluring Varietal

A review of the Dovev Cabernet Franc 2010 and some news about Bruichladdich along with a review of their 10-year-old, Unpeated, Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky.
Although often relegated to a secondary role in winemaking, Cabernet Franc is actually a very alluring grape varietal. Traditionally utilized as a blending grape to soften the tannins

What’s In A (Wine’s) Name?

A review of the Gilgal Merlot 2007 and the Arran Malt 14 year old Single Malt Whisky.
On a plateau within the Golan Heights is a series of five concentric stone circles made up of more than 42,000 volcanic basalt rocks. Thought to be from the early Bronze Age period, this megalithic monument's outermost wall

Modest Beginnings

Reviews of the Gush Etzion Cabernet Franc 2007 kosher wine and 2 expressions of Maker's Mark Bourbon Whiskey.
Inspiration comes in many forms, but for the Gush Etzion Winery, an Israeli boutique winery, it came in the improbable form of a blackberry bush. When Shraga and Tamar Rosenberg relocated from Jerusalem to Efrat in 1986,

Wines Worth The Search

A review of the Segal's Special Reserve Chardonnay 2009 and the Glenmorangie Artein Single Malt Scotch Whisky.
Israel's Segal Winery has its roots in the early 20th century when Yankel Hirsh Segal and his brothers Elhanan and Yehezkel established the country's first distillery in Tel Aviv's German Colony. Their early successes lead the regional colonial

The Unkosher Source of Some Kosher Wines

A review of the Domaine Netofa Galilee 2009and Highland Park Thor Single-Malt Whisky.
While kosher wine must be made under strict religious supervision, not all kosher-certified wine comes from strictly kosher wineries. Many are created and bottled under the labels of wineries that select only a portion of their harvest for the kosher market with

Stay-Cation Wine Travels

A review of the Chateau Thenac Fleur du Perigold 2010 and the Balblair 2000 Single Malt Whisky.
Think of wine as a portal through which to satisfy the itch for a summer vacation, but without paying the expensive airfare, trekking through awful airports or dealing with increasingly tedious and inane airport security. Through wine, one

Touring Scotland – Viewing Its Sights, Sampling Its Booze

A review of the Hagafen Sauvingon Blanc 2011 and some suggestions for a rewarding visit to Scotland.
While the number of kosher wineries is steadily increasing, there is a degree of comfort in returning to a familiar friend. One of our favorite winemakers is Ernie Weir, the owner of Napa Valley, California's Hagafen Cellars. A

Villa Maria: From Humble Beginnings To Superior Wines

A review of the recently released Villa Maria Estate Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir.
In 1961, George Fistonich planted grapes on 2 acres he leased from his father’s farm located in the upper region of New Zealand’s North Island. He released his first wines in 1962 and now is celebrating his 50th vintage as founder

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