Despite the cold, icy weather outside, we found our thoughts wandering and our hearts pining for sunnier and warmer climes. Includes a review of the Hagafen Sauvignon Blanc 2014 and a look at the “Hot Toddy.
Reviews of the latest wines from Covenant Winery. Though relatively late to the fight as a wine producer, one of the heroes of the kosher-wine battle against the entrenched anti-kosher wine bias is Jeff Morgan, owner and winemaker at the Covenant Winery in Berkeley, Calif. Morgan is not only crafting some of the world’s finest wines which just so happen to also be certified kosher, he is doing so essentially with his hands behind his back (as he’s not allowed to touch his non-mevushal wines during production).
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. Who knew that the industry’s first real success would be a sweet, simple quaffer?
One of the lovely things about wine is the way drinking of a particularly pleasant one can stir an involuntary memory and evoke recollections of the past without conscious effort. Includes reviews of the Four Gates Pinot Noir 2009 kosher wine and Westland American Single Malt Whiskey.
Many of the world’s finest wines, counter intuitive though it might seem, are actually created from grapes that grow in surprisingly meager conditions. One such is the Yatir Viognier 2010. Also included is a review of the Haig Club Single Grain Scotch Whisky.
Among the many programs established by the United Nations is the “Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.” The purpose of the catalog is to ensure the continued viability of specific folk practices and encourage dialog to reflect “cultural diversity.” This list is a fascinating collection of obscure and eclectic customs and traditions.
For better or worse the Internet has expanded public participation into nearly every aspect of society. Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and other outlets allow anyone with access to some type of keyboard to comment, review and critique pretty much anything they see, hear or taste. The implications are as broad as the imagination when everyone can voice their opinion far and wide, influencing others to vote with their wallets.
There is likely a special place in hell reserved for folks who drink great wine out of a Styrofoam cup. Here are some stemware suggestions. Included is a review of Twin Suns Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 kosher wine along with a winter cocktail suggestion: The Hot Toddy.
Review of two kosher wines from South Africa's Backsberg Estate Cellars: . The most widely seized upon message or theme of Passover is freedom from oppression. In some sense the repeal of South African apartheid is a related modern example of national liberation. So with such themes as freedom and liberation in the air, as we considered what wines to review for possible recommendation this Passover our thoughts turned to South Africa.
Review of Abarbanel Batch 22 Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 kosher wine and a revisit to Boulard Calvados XO In popular and secular terms, the biblical confrontation between David and Goliath is seized upon as a shorthand reference for a hopeful image of the underdog, a contest or battle between a relatively small or weak opponent against a much bigger and much stronger adversary. In the world of kosher wine, this image comes periodically to mind—though obviously minus the inherent violence and explicit “good-guy vs. bad-guy” overtones.
With winter’s grip still upon us, it is comforting to know that there are wines ideal for chilly weather. Fuller in body with more complexity and structure, winter wines are better to serve with the cold-weather meals. Here are some suggestions.
Most of our Presidents have been “healthy” drinkers, and many have had a fondness for fine wine—with the exception of a few lightweights and teetotalers. Includes a review of the Shirah Wines White Hawk Syrah 2012 and Oban 14 year old Single Malt Scotch.
Review of the value-priced Mia wines from Freixenet. Among the many reasons Spain has become a source of some of the world’s best wine values is their innovative spirit. For many decades, Spanish wines were mired in old-fashioned techniques and inferior, obsolete equipment. These harsh and unappealing wines ignored the tremendous potential in their indigenous varietals and they became the second-rate cousins to other European winemaking region
For the first time since 2008 an Israeli wine has been included in the Wine Spectator magazine’s annual list of this year’s “Top 100 Wines”. Including reviews of the award winning Recanati Galilee Shiraz 2010 and several whiskies from The Glenlivet.
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