Tag: Barkan

A Glass To Your Health

Review of Barkan Shiraz Superieur 2006 and Caol Ila, Aged 12 Years, Single Malt Scotch Whisky.
Much has been written about the purported health benefits of wine. According to various medical studies, moderate consumption (i.e., one to two 4oz glasses of wine per day) has been shown to decrease the risk of heart disease, increase

Fraud In The Wine Business

The finale of a high-profile wine-fraud along with a review of the Barkan Assemblage Tzafit 2010 and a look at Irish Whiskies including a review of Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey.
A few weeks ago, wine fraudster Rudy Kurnaiwan was sentenced to 10 years in prison and fined $20 million, according to The New York Times.

The Growing Population Of Sweet Reds

A review of Ben Ami Zmora Semi-Sweet Cabernet Sauvignon and the "Whisky of the Year," the Glenmorangie Ealanta, 19 Year old Single Malt Scotch Whisky.
One of the fastest growing segments of the wine industry is sweet red wines. This isn’t much of a surprise since most folks grow up and continue to go through

Blame The French

A review of the Barkan "Reichan" Assemblage Galil 2010 and Tullamore Dew Blended Irish Whiskey.
One of the facets of wine culture that has contributed mightily to its more negative reputation for effete, snobby, high-brow insularity is the wine world's propensity for invoking foreign words and phrases. If a culprit must be found, blame France.

A Chief Winemaker’s Ordeal

A review of the Barkan Classic Sauvignon Blanc 2011 and White Horse Blended Scotch Whisky.
A winery's goal is to create appealing wines on a consistent basis. They begin by establishing a benchmark and then take appropriate steps to assure that each vintage meets consumers' expectations in terms of quality, flavor and price. There will

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

Four Cups, Four Wines – Why Not?

Some suggestions for Passover wines.
The four cups of wine served at Pesach gives each guest the opportunity to expand their wine horizons. The significant increases in quality kosher wine producers around the globe and their willingness to try different varietals have enhanced the choices available for this year’s sedarim. This improvement is most readily

Fine Kosher Red Wines

A review of some recently released kosher red wines.
Kosher wines can satisfy a discriminating wine drinker and accompany any dish from brisket to blintzes. They continue to gain the approval of wine critics and their growing sales indicate increasing consumer acceptance. Kosher wines are produced all over world, including California, New Zealand, Australia, South

Kosher-For-Pesach Wines Get Better and Better

Some wine recommendations for this year's seder.
When shopping for Passover this year, be prepared for some surprises when you walk down the wine aisle. There are new names on the shelves including two very well-known non-Jewish properties that have made kosher-for-Passover wine. And some of the more familiar producers have released novel varietals.