The ‘Scotch Silliness': A Primer

June 15, 2011

Auchentoshan

A review of the Flechas de los Andes Gran Malbec 2009 and the Auchentoshan 18 year old Single Malt Whisky.

For those seeking a perfect wine to pair with grilled beef or chicken slathered with barbecue sauce, look no further than the delicious, Argentinean Flechas de los Andes Gran Malbec 2009 ($23). It opens with dark plum and black cherry aromas and progresses smoothly into mouth-filling, spicy, raspberry, plum, chocolate and licorice flavors. Lightly accented with vanilla oak and buoyed with soft, round tannins, it is one of the finest kosher Malbecs currently produced, and is non-mevushal (not boiled).

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Try Corralling A Tamer Version Of Wild Turkey

June 8, 2011

Russell's Reserve Teperberg

A review of the Teperberg 1870 Terra Sauvignon Blanc 2010 and the Russell’s Reserve 10 year old Bourbon.

A lovely kosher summer white wine is the Teperberg 1870 Terra Sauvignon Blanc 2010($16). Orange and tropical fruit aromas predominate in this medium-bodied effort that has slightly herbal accents to the grapefruit and lime flavors. It is a perfect accompaniment to light summer fare such as salads, pasta and grilled fish.

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Moshav Produces Fine Wine ‘From Within The Land’

June 1, 2011

Katlav Wadi Glen Grant

A review of the Katlav Wadi 2007 and the Glen Grant 10 year old Single Malt Whisky.

The Katlav Wadi 2007 ($33) was the clear favorite at a recent group tasting held at Katlav’s Judean Hills winery. A medium-bodied blend of 50 percent cabernet sauvignon, 35 percent merlot and 15 petit verdot with a perfume-like aroma of black fruit and cassis, it displays lovely raspberry, dark cherry and plum flavors with a touch of leather and spice.

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Napa’s Oldest Winery Leads Industry



Charles Krug

A review of Charles Krug wines on their 150th anniversary.

The 150th anniversary of the Napa Valley’s oldest winery, Charles Krug, will be celebrated this summer. With a $21.6 million renovation of its winemaking facilities and vineyards under way, the winery is positioning itself to remain a leader of California’s wine industry. The winery’s story began when the 27-year-old Krug left Germany in 1847 and became a teacher in Philadelphia. Inspired by the French Revolution, he returned home the next year to participate in the unsuccessful attempt to establish a German Republic and was imprisoned for nine months

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Kosher or Not Kosher? Well, Yes, No And Maybe

May 25, 2011

Covenant Lavan

A review of the Covenant Lavan 2008 and the .

The Covenant Lavan 2008 ($38) has many of the same characteristics as other California chardonnays, but they are presented with a degree of restraint more often associated with white Burgundies. From grapes grown at the legendary Bacigalupi vineyard, in Sonoma’s Russian River Valley, the Lavan (which means “white” in Hebrew) is a full-bodied, silky-smooth, elegant effort with lovely peach, pear and toasty aromas that meld into layers of melon, lemon, fig and honeysuckle. The well-balanced, lengthy finish displays hints of minerals, nuts and a bit of licorice. It is easily one of the world’s best kosher chardonnays, and so an excellent choice for year-round enjoyment, as well as a warm-weather kiddush.

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Shake Up Your Kiddush with Offerings from Spain, Ireland

May 18, 2011

Knappoque Castle single Malt

A review of the Ramon Cordova Rioja 2009 and the 1995 Knappogue Castle Single Malt Irish Whiskey.

It’s no surprise that high-quality kosher wines are being made around the world. While those from Israel and the U.S. are the best known, equally fine kosher wines are produced in countries as diverse as France, Italy, New Zealand, Australia, Chile and South Africa. A great value is the Ramon Cordova Rioja 2009 ($16) that is made from 100 percent old-vine Tempranillo grapes grown around the Spanish town of Haro, La Rioja.

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Wine To Try: California Chardonnay

May 15, 2011

Santa Barbara Chardonnay

A review of the Santa Barbara Collection Chardonnay 2009.

Chardonnay is quintessential California. It can be Hollywood—buttery as movie popcorn and steeped in enough oak to approximate woody overtones. It can reflect innovation as sleek as Silicon Valley, with bright, fresh balance using minimal oak that reveals the varietal’s underlying character and versatility.

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Mamma Mia! That’s Good Wine

May 11, 2011

Domaine du Castel grand Vin

A review of the Domaine du Castel Grand Vin 2007 and a summer martini recipe.

One of the world’s best kosher wines is Domaine du Castel Grand Vin 2007 ($59) – an elegant blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, petit verdot, cabernet franc and malbec. It’s full-bodied with gorgeous blueberry, cedar and chocolate aromas leading into layers of beautifully integrated dark plums, blackberries, currants and anise, with hints of olives and oranges in the satisfyingly lengthy finish.

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The Booze Timeline: From Second Temple to Mint Julep

May 4, 2011

Ella Valley EverRed

A review of the Ella Valley EverRed 2007 and the Mint Julep.

There are few wineries with a longer pedigree than the Ella Valley Vineyards. When Danny Valero, the winery’s general manager, began preparing the area for modern grape cultivation, a site of ancient winemaking dating from the Second Temple period was discovered. According to the biblical account, the Ella Valley is also where David fought Goliath. For Valero, however, the location was not just about history or the Bible.

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