Certified Bordeaux

August 31, 2015

Review of Chateau Montviel 2002 and The GlenDronach, Revival, 15 year old Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky.

When the kosher run is of a well-established, Old World wine producer, that bottle of wine also represents, after a fashion, an opportunity for the kosher consumer to taste the product of many decades, if not centuries, of wine cultivation.

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More Kosher Zin Please

August 26, 2015

Review of Agua Dulce Zinfandel 2010 and Barrelhound Blended Scotch Whisky.

There is much less by way of kosher “versions” or “editions” for much of the world’s great wine producing regions, including the US.

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Meritage For The Summer

August 24, 2015

Reviews of Teperberg Meritage Shomron 2013, Pacifica Evan’s Collection Washington Meritage 2010 and Chivas Regal Extra Blended Scotch Whisky.

It is hot. It is humid. So what should one pair on a summer’s eve with grilled beef, such as a juicy, gloriously fat-marbled, rib-eye steak? There are several options that pair well with grilled meats. Both Zinfandel and Syrah, for example, are considered classic grill food pairings as these tend to showcase bold fruit flavors and with a little spice. We certainly enjoy such varietal wines, and have recommended many here before. At the moment, however, we are thinking more along the lines of a good “meritage” – one that is fruity and hefty, with soft tannins yet is well structured enough to hold its own with the summer menu.

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Its Tomato Time

August 17, 2015

Review of Dalton Pinot Gris 2014 and a look at the “Bloody Mary.”

Its tomato season and we couldn’t be happier. Whether sliced into Caprese salad, pureed into a summer pasta dish, grilled when green or simply salted and popped into the mouth, tomatoes are one of the best features of summer. The ideal wine to pair with tomatoes is a balancing act that complements the flavors and yet is able to stand up next to their inherent acidity.

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Charity Begins In The Vineyard

August 10, 2015

Reviews of the Flam Blanc 2013 and the FEW Spirits Rye.

Many within the wine and liquor industry are remarkably generous.

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Democracy Of Reviews

August 5, 2015

Hooray for more wine reviewers. But stay away from most “celebrity” stuff.

When it comes to the formal evaluation of wines and spirits, the advent of the internet and the rise of social media have fundamentally altered, to some degree even leveled, and largely democratized the playing field. Now practically anyone with a computer can give voice to their views.

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Wine Shortage? Bourbon Shortage?

August 3, 2015

Reviews of the Deccolio Prosecco and Jim Beam White Label Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.

In our age of sheer abundance and seemingly endless variety, it is difficult to wrap one’s head around something like a possible wine shortage.

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Not So Royal Tokaji

July 29, 2015

Review of Château Guiraud Sauternes 2001, Clear Creek Distillery Slivovitz Blue Plum Brandy and Mosby Kosher Plum Brandy Slivovitz .

Known as “the King of wines and the wine of Kings,” Tokaji may be losing some of its regal bearing.

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Try Some Gruner

July 20, 2015

Reviews of Shirah Gruner Veltliner John Sebastiano Vineyard 2014 and Four Roses Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.

Not all that long ago, perhaps a few decades, the wine world was remarkably dull by today’s standards. Wines were made in traditional locations under long established regulations and methodologies. Now numerous different grape varietals are being grown in nearly every locale that can sustain a vineyard.

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