Sticking To Scotland – For A Change

A review of the Lan Zur Sauvignon Blanc 2010 and Balblair Vintage Single Malt Scotch Whisky.
The history of Chilean sauvignon blanc begins in the 16th century when Spanish explorers established colonies along the southwestern edge of the continent. Up until the mid-20th century the predominant varietals were those more associated with France rather than

Back To Single Malt Scotch

A review of Tishbi Gewurztraminer 2010 and several Glengoyne Single Malt Scotch Whiskies.
Gewurztraminer is a difficult grape. It is an early budding varietal that ripens irregularly with low yields. Often victimized by frost, it also requires a long growing season and it is very particular about where it grows. Gewurztraminer is susceptible to plant

Summer Indulgences

A review of the Domaine du Castel Rosé 2011 and a look at the Mint Julep.
There are few better summer indulgences than a glass of chilled rosé. Not the horrific, semi-sweet "white" blush wines from California that remains surprisingly popular. The rosés worth drinking are "dry," without significant residual sugar, and display bright fruit

Dietary Laws Of Separation No Barrier To Blending Wine

A review of the Gvaot Gofna Chardonnay-Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 and Grand Old Parr 12 year old De Luxe Scotch Whisky.
Integral to Jewish belief and religious practice is the concept of separation. Many objects, certain behaviors and even time itself are differentiated as either holy or secular and mundane. The dietary laws exclude certain foods,

Science, Inspiration Play Roles In Winemaking

Review of Bravdo Karmei Yosef Shiraz 2009 and a look at 2 Bourbon's without an age statement, Basel Hayden and Old Grand Dad.
Making wine is a marriage of nature and technology. The interaction of yeast and grapes has been investigated for centuries with the results implemented in the vineyards and wineries. But winemaking is

Spring Brings Outdoor Recreation, Rosé Wine Season

Wine recommendations for picnics and outdoor concerts.
Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts is a true national treasure. The almost 5 acres of available picnic space, an extensive and wide-ranging performance schedule and a liberal alcohol policy allowing patrons to bring their own wine and beer assures a wonderful experience without the over-charging for beverages

Tasting Some Incredible Scotch

Review of the Galil Mountain Viognier 2009 and several Balvinie Single Malt Scotches.
The arrival of spring means it is time to kick back on the deck with a chilled glass of white wine. For many, chardonnay is their white wine of choice. But there are many other wine options for warm weather enjoyment. One

New Winemaking Areas Offer Innovative Products

Reviews of the Flam Classico 2010, Casa Vieja Tequilas, Tio Pepe Fino Sherry and Dupuy XO Cognac.
One of the major advantages of being a relatively new winemaking region is the lack of rules and regulations that govern viticulture and vinification compared with the Old World wine-producing regions. In France, for example, most of the

Winery With Ancient Roots

A review of the Distillery No. 209 Kosher for Passover Gin and Vodka along with a look at the Shiloh Winery.
Before the Temple was built, before Jerusalem became the center of Jewish national and religious life, Shiloh was Israel's capital. It was the place where the "whole congregation of Israel assembled" to set up