Cool, classic cocktails

  It may seem counterintuitive to discuss cabernet sauvignon during the warm summer months. An ideal wine for cooler weather, the tannins in cabernet make it a poor match to the customary summer fare and an unlikely candidate to consider sipping poolside. But summer may actually be an ideal time to think about buying some… Read More

How to cool off a fried brain

  Sauvignon blanc is one of our favorite warm weather wines. It is produced around the winemaking world in a number of different styles ranging from dry to very sweet dessert wines. The bright flavors and balanced acidity typical of well-made dry, nonsweet versions of sauvignon blancs pair well with lighter summer fare, including cheeses,… Read More

In a rye mood

It seems most appropriate to select an American-made wine when celebrating Independence Day. The holiday also gives us another opportunity to acknowledge one of the country’s finest winemakers, who also happens to limit his production to kosher wines. Ernie Weir, the founder and winemaker of Napa’s Hagafen Winery, has for years created notable wines that… Read More

Drinking wine for ‘lone soldiers’

A wine reception was held recently at the Israeli Embassy in Washington, D.C., to support the efforts of one of the programs of the Israel Forever Foundation. Called “The Lone Soldier Project,” it is dedicated to supporting the members of the IDF who lack the comfort of nearby families or communities while they serve. This includes nearly 6,000 IDF soldiers, many of them foreigners and some Israeli orphans and those from broken homes. They have to endure the tribulations of military training and often learn Hebrew in the process, without anyone nearby to offer comfort and encouragement. While their colleagues receive packages and letters from home and have places to go while on leave, these Lone Soldiers must make do by themselves.

Wines fit for the grill

It’s grilling time, and we could not be happier for there are few summer pleasures more gratifying than preparing meals outside. Whether you are a charcoal devotee or a fan of propane, rarely are there foods that don’t do well cooked on a grate. The imparted roasted, smoky flavors are truly irresistible. Besides the usual… Read More

It’s the terroir, stupid

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 distinctly different characteristics. Distances as small as a few meters between rows of vines can produce… Read More

Between red and white

Rose wines have become increasingly popular. The best embody the brightness of a white wine combined with the complexity usually only found in a red. They range in style from light and bone-dry to fruity and fuller-bodied. Well-crafted roses are very food-friendly, particularly the graceful lighter ones that match perfectly with such summer fare as… Read More

A variety of varietals

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 hundreds more varietals that have been made into wines that are stylistically different and extremely enjoyable. All it… Read More

Tulip Winery: good wine and good works, as well

by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon All Jewish holidays, outside of fast days, entail big, festive meals. Passover is, in many respects, the ultimate example of this, despite having a more restricted diet. Not only must we eat matzah and maror at the seder meals, but we must eat matzah and refrain from all… Read More