A Toast to Drinking No Wine Before Its Time

A review of Capcanes Peraj Ha'abid 2008, the Glenmorangie Signet and the Ardbeg Alligator.
While it is true that most wine is meant to be consumed within a few years after its release, there are many wines that are created with aging in mind. In general, these wines have markedly noticeable tannins - the chemical

The Miracle of the Scotch Filled Menorah

A review of the O'Dwyers Creek Sauvignon Blanc 2010 and the Tullibardine Aged Scotch Whisky.
The rituals associated with wine are nearly as numerous as any religious service. Opening, decanting, swirling, sniffing, tasting, and even spitting follow established patterns and recognized norms. Developed to enhance once sensory appreciation of wine, they have achieved a level

Stress: Bad for Humans but Good for Grapes

A review of the Teal Lake Special Reserve Shiraz 2009 and the Johnnie Walker Black and Double Black Blended Scotch Whiskies.
One of the interesting paradoxes of winemaking is that stressed grapes make excellent wines. Nutrient poor soils, minimal water, and wide temperature variations stimulate the vines to produce intensely flavorful fruit. With careful vineyard

The News on Jews and Booze

The history of the Washington DC wine and liquor trade along with a review of some Gordon & MacPhail Single Malt Scotch Whiskies.
According to Buddy Berman, Jews have been intimately involved in Washington D.C.'s wine and liquor business since the beginning of the 20th century. Buddy knows from where he speaks. Besides nearly 40

The Wines of Madeira Age Gracefully

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

Jewish Family – Jewish Nation Blend

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

Stick With “Stickies” But Don’t Be A Snob

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

Don’t Whine; Join a Wine Club

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.

Sipping the Finest From Spain to Tennessee

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