Tag: Jim Beam

Special Sauvignon Blanc

Review of Joseph Mellot Sancerre La Gravelière 2012 and a revisit to the Jim Beam legend.
Sauvignon Blanc is decidedly malleable. Ranging in style from bone dry to dessert sweet, its bright fruit flavors and balanced acidity make it suitable as a single varietal wine. Considering that this grape varietal originated in France, it is

Wine Shortage? Bourbon Shortage?

Reviews of the Deccolio Prosecco and Jim Beam White Label Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.
In our age of sheer abundance and seemingly endless variety, it is difficult to wrap one’s head around something like a possible wine shortage.

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

Kosher Wine With Biblical Roots

A review of the Abarbanel Cabernet-Merlot Blend, Batch 58, 2011 and a revisit to Jim Beam whiskies.
The Abarbanel Wine Company traces its family roots from the biblical King David to Don Isaac Abarbanel, the leader of Spanish Jewry at the time of the 1492 expulsion. Born in Lisbon, Don Isaac was a scholar, philosopher

Port Helps Beat Winter Blahs

A look at Port including a review of Shiloh Fort Dessert Wine along with a review of Booker’s Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.
Port is an ideal way to offset the winter doldrums. Now authentic Port comes only from Portugal. It is made from various varieties of very foreign-sounding grapes grown in the

Shifting From Red To White

A look at the growing emphasis on white wines in Israel including a review of the Flam Blanc 2012 along with a look at the purchase of Beam, Inc. by Suntory.
It has been interesting to observe the subtle but steady shift in emphasis from red to white wine occurring in Israeli winemaking. The country

It’s The Terroir, Stupid

A review of the Goose Bay Pinot Gris 2011 along with some Father's Day Whisky suggestions.
One of the more fascinating aspects of wine is the influence of “terroir,” a French term that encompasses the various geographic and climatic influences upon a wine’s aromas, flavors and structure. Identical grapes grown in dissimilar locations will have

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

A Dominant Name in the World of Bourbon

A review of the Weinstock Petite Sirah 2010 and Jim Beam White Label Bourbon Whiskey.
There is nothing tiny about Petite Sirah. It is a bruiser of a grape that requires a deft hand to make it approachable. Now grown primarily in California, Australia and Israel, Petite Sirah was developed in France by crossing Sirah