Tag: SMWS

Chanukah Wish List

Our annual Chanukah gift wish list
Our annual Chanukah gift guide begins with a simple but essential accessory for any wine lover, a corkscrew.

Yes,There Really Is Kosher Moldovan Wine

A review of the Le Soreq Sauvignon Blanc 2012 and two Mortlach Single Malt Scotch Whiskies.
Moldova is a landlocked country sandwiched between Ukraine and Romania with a long history of winemaking. There are fossil records that indicate grapes flourished in Moldova 6 million to 25 million years ago, and the country was a significant

Wish List For Chanukah Gifts

Some suggestions for wine and spirits related holiday gifts.
With the beginning of Chanukah falling on Thanksgiving, many folks will be focused on the traditional turkey-centric meal and related Thanksgiving aspects of the day. But it is good to remember that Chanukah is not only the more important of the two holidays, it also lasts

Liquid Poetry

A review of the Tzuba Pinot Noir 2010 and 2 new releases from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society.
Among our favorite varietals for Thanksgiving is pinot noir. It is a notoriously finicky grape that can be difficult to grow and challenging to vinify, but it’s also responsible for some of the world’s greatest wines. It

A Variety Of Varietals

A review of the Balma Venitia Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise 2006 and several bottlings of Bowmore Single Malt Scotch.
Most casual wine drinkers are aware of only a few grape varietals such as Cabernet, Merlot, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Malbec and Shiraz. Others may have tried a Riesling, Pinot Gris or Petite Sirah. But there are literally

Israel’s Upper Galilee: A Fine Winegrowing Region

A review of the Adir Kerem Ben Zimra Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 and the Scotch Malt Whisky Society Cask 4.153, 11-year-old Highland Park.
The Upper Galilee's lush landscape, meandering streams and magnificent mountain views make it one of Israel's most attractive winegrowing regions. Noted Israeli wine maven Adam Montefiore has rightly called it, "the Israeli Tuscany

The “New Wine” For Jews

Reviews of the Covenant Solomon Lot 70 Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 and several SMWS single cask Scotch whiskies.
While wine has a pivotal role in Jewish life, whisky and other spirits, especially single malt Scotch whisky, have become quite the rage in shuls all across the country. Rare is the kiddush these days that does not

Cork It

A review of the Five Stones Shiraz 2010 and the SMWS # 23.72 Bruichladdich Single Malt Scotch.
One of the most beloved rituals in the world of wine snobbery is the extraction of the cork. Cork comes from the bark of the cork oak tree, or Quercus Suber that grows in Spain and Portugal. The

Making Wine Where Perfume Once Reigned

A review of the Binyamina Reserve Carignan 2010 and two Mortlach Single Malt Scotch Whiskies.
Israel's Binyamina Winery began life in 1952, when Hungarian winemaker Joseph Zeltzer immigrated to Israel and established the Eliaz Winery, named for his son who perished in Israel's 1948 War of Independence. The winery's facilities actually began life as a