Tag: American Whiskey

Wine and Memories

Review of Four Gates Pinot Noir 2009 and Westland American Single Malt Whiskey.
One of the lovely things about wine is the way drinking of a particularly pleasant one can stir an involuntary memory and evoke recollections of the past without conscious effort. Likewise, wine can sometimes cue a subconscious mental filtering and sifting of

The Ideal Wine For Pesto

A review of the Goose Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2012 and some news about American whiskies including Jim Beam.
One of us has a summer garden that has produced an abundance of basil. A leafy herb initially cultivated in India, basil migrated both west and east becoming a featured component of Mediterranean and Asian cuisines. There

Drinking Wine For “Lone Soldiers”

Reviews of the Ariel Sauvignon Blanc 2012, the Catoctin Creek Organic Roundstone Rye Whisky and the Koval Single Barrel Four Grain Whiskey.
The Lone Soldier Project connects those who serve in the IDF with people and organizations that can offer support through letters, packages and donations. It has centers in Jerusalem, Haifa and Tel Aviv

Spluring On Fortified Wines

A review of the Zion Miharmartif Port-style kosher wine and several Port-finished Whiskies.
While we love a bargain wine, every so often it is fun to splurge, especially when the bottle remains drinkable for a long time after the cork has been pulled. This is the domain of the fortified wine, that middle ground

Inhospitable Locations, Better Wine

A review of Bazelet Hagolan Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 and Jim Beam's Devil's Cut 90 Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.
Although it seems somewhat counter-intuitive, the best grapes for wine frequently grow in the most inhospitable locations. This is a bit of a simplification, but basically the more stress the vines experience, the more flavorful are

The Spiritual Side Of Wine

A review of the Or HaGanuz Namura Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 and Angel's Envy American Whiskey.
When consumed appropriately, wine has been known to induce contemplative and even religious thought. Sometimes, as we'll see shortly, it is exactly this sort of contemplative, religious thought that leads to the production of wine.