Pass around the salt and lime

Special to WJW Tequila is a type of mezcal made from a fermented mash of the piñas, or hearts, of the agave plant. Unlike other mezcals, tequila can only be made from azul (Spanish for blue) agave harvested in designated regions in the Mexican state of Jalisco and limited regions in four other states.  In… Read More

What did they drink during Prohibition?

Lots of folks eschew alcohol, either for dietary or lifestyle reasons. So what does one do for Kiddush if wine is off the menu? Kosher grape juice, of course. But it wasn’t always so simple. What did Jews do during Prohibition? As it happens, wine wasn’t necessarily off the menu. And grape juice wasn’t necessarily… Read More

Why holiness isn’t boring

Special to WJW This week’s Torah portion is Acharei Mot-Kedoshim, Leviticus 16:1-20:27 I used to think that reading about holiness in Leviticus was boring. That changed when I was able to reframe my relationship with the text after an in-depth study of the first few sentences of chapter 19, also known as the holiness code…. Read More

What did they drink during Prohibition?

Special to WJW Lots of folks eschew alcohol, either for dietary or lifestyle reasons. So what does one do for Kiddush if wine is off the menu? Kosher grape juice, of course. But it wasn’t always so simple. What did Jews do during Prohibition? As it happens, wine wasn’t necessarily off the menu. And grape… Read More

Keeping up with the Bowmores

Special to WJW More often than I think healthy, I am asked about super expensive, top-shelf, trophy-style single malt Scotch whiskies, and increasingly about those multi $1,000-plus beauties. The question always is, “Is it worth the money?” By and large, these hyper-expensive whiskies are typically excellent, and are most assuredly not at all worth the… Read More

Wines to fill your cup during Passover week

Special to WJW With Passover underway, I’d like to share some of the fabulous wines I sampled in the run-up to the holiday. Psâgot Rose, Jerusalem Mountain Vineyards (Israel), 2016 ($20): This fun, crisp, clean, refreshing rosé offers bright aromas and flavors of stone fruits, ripe strawberry and watermelon and just enough balancing acidity to… Read More

My drink of choice with ribs

I spent a great Sunday evening with 500 close friends and more than a dozen tables of fine booze, plus some awesome kosher barbecue beef ribs, fried chicken and sausage. It was Guys Night Out at Beth Sholom Congregation and Talmud Torah in Potomac. In the name of full disclosure, I organized all the booze… Read More

Which wine goes with Passover? Passover

Picking wines to serve at your seder can be a little less straightforward than it might seem at first. For one thing, wine is de rigueur. So except for those dining alone or who otherwise require grape juice to fulfill their holiday obligations, an awful lot of wine will likely be opened. There are also… Read More

Don’t swallow this age-old whiskey myth

One of the most consistent trends in the global whiskey market over the last is the development of non-age statement (NAS) whiskies. Since whiskey is years in the making, it can be very hard to forecast appropriately enough into the future to determine an optimum level of production to quench consumer thirst. Yet another example… Read More