June 22, 2015

Review of Domaine du Castel’s Rosé du Castel 2013 and Knob Creek Small Batch 9 Year Old Straight Bourbon Whiskey.

One significant limiting factor in the development of the Israeli wine indusry is the lack of coordination and marketing cooperation amongst producers. Israel ought to develop a wine consortium that could marshal resources on behalf of the industry to actively promote Israeli wine as a brand around the world.

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Rosés For Summertime Sipping

June 8, 2015

Reviews of the Goose Bay Blanc de Pinot Noir 2013, the Domaine Lafond Roc Epine Tavel Rosé 2011 and Dupuy XO Cognac.

Rosé wines are a sure sign of spring, and are ideal for warming weather. Eye-catching and customarily moderately priced, Rosés offer charming, non-complicated flavors and balanced acidity that enliven the palate. Combining the refreshing qualities of a white wine with some of the fruit flavors customarily found in red wine, they are remarkably food friendly, typically pairing well with spring and summer foods.

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New World Winemakers Look To Old For Inspiration

June 1, 2015

Review of Dalton Alma GSM 2012 and Arette Artesanal Suave Blanco Tequila.

One of the principle distinctions between “Old World” European wines and those of the rest of the globe are the rules and regulations that govern wine-making. The “Old world” has many; the “New World” has few.

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Alex Gambal – An American in Beaune

May 28, 2015

The Wines of Maison Alex Gambal.

Alex Gambal has been able to fulfill the dream of living abroad better than most.

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Brother’s Wonderful Wines Are Product Of On-The-Job Training

May 26, 2015

Review of the Shirah Luna Matta Vineyard Aglianico 2013 and a look at the Mint Julep.

“Opportunity is missed by most people,” Thomas Edison is quoted as saying, “because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” For Gabriel and Shimon Weiss, the founders of the Shirah Wine Company, it appeared in the form of surplus grapes from California’s 2005 bumper crop. That year the harvest was so large that many vineyards couldn’t sell all their grapes, so some were simply left on the vine.

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A Toast To The Legendary Winemaker, Joseph Phelps

May 18, 2015

Reviews of the Covenant Napa Valley Solomon Lot 70 Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 and Russell’s Reserve Small Batch 10-Year-Old Bourbon.

The domestic wine world lost one of its leading lights last month when celebrated California winemaker Joseph Phelps passed away at age 87. For over 40 years Phelps remained at the forefront of Napa winemaking with his Bordeaux and Rhone styled blends, and his single varietal bottlings. Along with other legends, including Robert Mondavi and Chuck Wagner, Phelps helped established Napa as a world renowned wine producing region.

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Italy’s Piedmont Region Yields Truffles, Terrific wines

April 13, 2015

Reviews of the recently released wines from the Luca Bosio Vineyards.

There is clearly something magical in the soil of Italy’s Piedmont region. In addition to being a source of the highly esteemed white truffle, it is also the region where the Nebbiolo grape is transformed into Barolo and Barbaresco, two of Italy’s greatest wines. Like the elusive truffle, the best examples of these wines are pricey, with many costing hundreds of dollars. For those who are intrigued but lack the finances and forbearance to purchase Nebbiolo wines from the more famous Barolo and Barbaresco producers, there are more reasonably priced alternatives.

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South African Kosher Wines

April 8, 2015

Review of two kosher wines from South Africa’s Backsberg Estate Cellars.

The most widely seized upon message or theme of Passover is freedom from oppression. In some sense the repeal of South African apartheid is a related modern example of national liberation. So with such themes as freedom and liberation in the air, as we considered what wines to review for possible recommendation this Passover our thoughts turned to South Africa.

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Spirit Of Summer Beckons

April 6, 2015

Review of the Hagafen Sauvignon Blanc 2014 and a look at the “Hot Toddy.”

Despite the cold, icy weather outside, we found our thoughts wandering and our hearts pining for sunnier and warmer climes. One of us is from northern California originally, and as it happens we both love northern California wines. We always have a tendency of saying this, but one of our favorite winemakers is Ernie Weir, the owner of Napa Valley, California’s Hagafen Cellars.

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