Tag: Arran

How America Caused – And Cured – A Winemaking Crisis

A review of Castel Rosé du Castel 2013 and Isle of Arran 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky.
Among the plethora of pests that winemakers must contend against, none has been more devastating than a sap-sucking insect named “phylloxera.” This tiny aphid-like bug destroys vines by feeding off the roots, thereby choking off the

Sparkling Wine From The “Cava”

Reviews of the Elvi Wines Brut Cava and the first three offerings from the Jewish Whisky Company under their private "Single Cask Nation" label.
Cava is Spain's best known sparkling wine. It is produced primarily in the Catalonia region, which borders France along the Mediterranean coast. The name "Cava," which is Catalan for cave or

What’s In A (Wine’s) Name?

A review of the Gilgal Merlot 2007 and the Arran Malt 14 year old Single Malt Whisky.
On a plateau within the Golan Heights is a series of five concentric stone circles made up of more than 42,000 volcanic basalt rocks. Thought to be from the early Bronze Age period, this megalithic monument's outermost wall

Location, Location, Location

A review of the Barkan Altitude +624 Cabernet Sauvignon and the Isle of Arran 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky.
While there are many factors that can be manipulated to affect the quality of a wine, there is one fundamental aspect that cannot be changed: the place where the grapes are grown. The monks