Tag: Royal Wine

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.

Israel’s Developing Wine Culture

Reviews of Gamla Syrah 2010 and Balvenie 15 year old Single Barrel Sherry Cask.
A recent visit to Israel has reaffirmed our enthusiasm for the Holy Land’s developing wine culture. Besides the different wineries that seen to be cropping up nearly every week, there is a palpable sense that enjoying wine is becoming as fundamental

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

Chasidic Bootlegging

A review of the Ramot Naftaly Barbera 2007 and the Four Roses Limited Edition Small Batch Bourbon for 2012.
A few years ago a 300-family Montreal chasidic congregation paid a $20,000 fine to the Quebec civil authorities. Its offense? Supplying their community with kosher wines. This chasidic shul, Congregation Toldos Yakov Yosef Skver, was raided in

“Not For The Very Young, The Vain And The Active”

A review of the ElviWines InVita 2011 and some Port-based cocktail suggestions.
Spain continues to be a source of well-made wines. The country is the world's third largest wine producer but ranks first in total acres "under vine," with over 600 grape varietals planted over nearly 3 million acres. The most popular grapes are mostly

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

The Unkosher Source of Some Kosher Wines

A review of the Domaine Netofa Galilee 2009and Highland Park Thor Single-Malt Whisky.
While kosher wine must be made under strict religious supervision, not all kosher-certified wine comes from strictly kosher wineries. Many are created and bottled under the labels of wineries that select only a portion of their harvest for the kosher market with

For This Year’s Seder, Pacific Northwest Offers Fine Wines

A review of Pacifica Evan's Collection Pinot Noir 2010 and Meritage 2010 along with reviews of two Tomintoul Single Malt Scotches.
Our next stop in the search for wines for this year's seder is the Pacific Northwest. Relative newcomers to winemaking, both Washington state and Oregon have evolved rapidly to become world-class sources of

Stick With “Stickies” But Don’t Be A Snob

A review of S'Forno Puglia Moscato and the Famous Grouse Blended Scotch Whisky.
For more than 30 years now, kosher wine cognoscenti have fought a pitched battle against the identification of "kosher wine" with sweet Kiddush-style wines, demanding greater attention from wine critics, insisting upon enlightened attitudes by liquor store owners, and generally taking issue