Tag: cocktail

Truffles

Review of Elvi Herenza Rioja Reserva 2009 and a look at the Martini.
One of us has lately had a hankering for truffles. Known as the “diamonds of the kitchen,” truffles are among a chef’s most prized ingredients. The fruiting body of a type of fungus that grows underground in very specific conditions, truffles impart

Hip, Hop and Wine

Reviews of the Bartenura Moscato and Jefferson’s Ocean, Aged at Sea, Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Very Small Batch.
Ever since the modern kosher wine industry began the shift from sweet, syrupy kiddush wine to table wine, producers and importers have been desperately trying to break free of the ethnic market into truly mainstream wine sales.

Glassware Matters

Review of Twin Suns Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 and a cocktail suggestion: The Hot Toddy.
In one of the final scenes of the 2004 multi-Oscar nominated film “Sideways” (it did win for best adapted screenplay) we see Miles—a joyless, glass half-empty type character who has previously declared his disdain for Merlot grape wines—drinking his prized 1961

Mix Wine Or Gin With Fruit And It’s Summertime

Some summer cocktail suggestions.
Summertime is always fun. The abundance of fruits, vegetables and herbs inspire us to shake up and expand our cooking, and also our drinking. Summer wine cocktails may seem sometimes to be a bit of work, but are so worth the effort. There are, obviously, numerous recipes in books and online,

Start Summer With Sangria

Summer libation suggestions including various Sangria recipes and some Ruby Port based cocktails.
Sangria is a refreshing accompaniment to summer parties. A mixture of wine, fruit, sugar and traditionally a bit of brandy, Sangria reportedly originated on the Spanish peninsula where it was named after the word for blood-letting, due to its distinctive deep red

Cool, Classic Cocktails

A review of the Carmel Kayoumi Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 and some summer cocktail suggestions.
It may seem counterintuitive to discuss Cabernet Sauvignon during the warm summer months. An ideal wine for cooler weather, the tannins in cabernet make it a poor match to the customary summer fare and an unlikely candidate to consider sipping poolside.

Shaken, Not Stirred

A review of the Herzog Late Harvest Orange Muscat 2011 and a look at the Martini.
We are often asked how and why kosher wine in the United States began as sweet, syrupy drek. The simplest answer is that the Jewish immigrants who settled in the northeastern United States way back when discovered that the

Summer Indulgences

A review of the Domaine du Castel Rosé 2011 and a look at the Mint Julep.
There are few better summer indulgences than a glass of chilled rosé. Not the horrific, semi-sweet "white" blush wines from California that remains surprisingly popular. The rosés worth drinking are "dry," without significant residual sugar, and display bright fruit