Chilled, Fruity And Complex Wines Work Well For Summer

June 29, 2011

Parallel 45 Rhone

Some summer wine recommendations including Rosé, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir.

Summer wines should be fruit-filled and complex enough to be interesting without overwhelming the traditional warm weather foods. They certainly need to be chilled, even the red ones, which will bring out their fruit flavors and balance. Here are some suggestions.

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Goose Bay

A review of the Goose Bay Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2008 and the story of the Gimlet.

An excellent accompaniment to salads, grilled chicken and other light summer fare is the Goose Bay Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2008 ($18). As New Zealand’s first kosher (and mevushal,or boiled) wine, it displays the classic Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc crispness and grassy overtones along with nicely balanced green apple, gooseberry and tropical fruit flavors. The finish is bright and lengthy with a touch of lemon and grapefruit. Served chilled, it is a delightful way to enjoy a warm summer evening.

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Calvados: Schmoozer’s Choice

June 22, 2011

Boulard

A review of the Recanati Petite Sirah-Zinfandel Reserve 2009 and the Boulard Grand Solage VSOP, XO de Boulard and the Boulard Millesime 1985 Calvados.

The Recanati Petite Sirah-Zinfandel Reserve 2009 ($20) is a terrific kosher summer wine that is perfect with grilled and spicy foods. Made with 90 percent old-vine Petit Sirah sourced from the lower Galilee, it has an appealing earthy, brambly aroma accented with red berries, mint and dark plums. Full-bodied with complex blackberry and other slightly spicy, dark fruit flavors, it also shows coffee and toasted nuts in the bright finish.

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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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