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

Scotch and Talmud, The Perfect Combo

A review of the BR Cohn Trestle Glen Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 and the Suntory Yamazaki Single Malt 12 year old Whisky.
There is an intimate association between wine and music, as Robert Fripp, rock guitarist, memorably suggested: "Music is the wine that fills the cup of silence." So it is not surprising that

A Toast to Sir Moses

A review of the 1848 Winery Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 and the Four Roses 2011 Limited Edition Single Barrel 12 year old Bourbon.
The birth of the modern Israeli wine industry can be traced to Sir Moses Montefiore, the noted British philanthropist. Born in 1784, Montefiore gained great personal wealth as a businessman, ultimately retiring

Back To The Source In Israel and Scotland

A review of the Psagot Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 and the Glenfarclas 10 year old, 17 year old and their "105" Single Malt Scotch Whiskies.
The Judean Hills have been a source of wine since biblical times. Currently home to nearly 30 wineries, the hills surrounding Jerusalem now produce some of Israel's best wines. The region's

Not Wild About Eating Pig? How About Sipping It Neat?

A review of the Tzora Misty Hills 2007, the WhistlePig Straight Rye Whiskey and the Pig's Nose Blended Scotch Whisky.
At this time of year, our thoughts inevitably return to the fundamentals of living a meaningful Jewish life. As this is a booze column, we therefore turn our wine thinking for the High Holidays toward

For the Love of Lombardy’s Lovely Wines

A review of wines from Italy's Lombardy region.
Italy’s Lombardy region has been producing wines for centuries. Bordered by the Alps to the north and the Po River in the south, Lombardy is a cool-climate location for wine production dotted with lakes that modulate the local temperatures. The area is best known for its aromatic

Daniel Rogov, A Great Vintage In His Own Right

A tribute to the legendary Daniel Rogov including a review of the Mosby Kosher Plum Brandy Slivovitz.
The wine world has sadly become a little less interesting with the recent passing of Israel's preeminent wine critic Daniel Rogov earlier this month. Rogov (as he preferred to be called) arrived on the Israeli wine scene just

From Italy’s Piedmont To The Scottish Highlands

A review of Bartenura Dolcetto D'Alba Ovadia Estates 2010, the Glenlivet 18 year old Single Malt Scotch Whisky and the Jameson 18 year old Limited Reserve Irish Whiskey.
There's more to Italian wines than just Chianti and Soave. In actuality, Italian varieties range from bone dry to enticingly sweet, and they are produced in nearly