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

A better way to arrange wines

Walk into many wine stores and you will see the bottles organized by country of origin. Occasionally this will be further subdivided by varietal or, more commonly, by the color of the wine. Since many European winemaking countries refrain from listing the types of grapes utilized on the label, the result is that the cabernet… Read More

It all depends on the grapes – and the winemaker’s skill

One question we are periodically asked is, “How do they get all those flavors into the wine?” The thought presumably being that the winemaker is somehow like a chef, creating finished dishes from a variety of ingredients besides just the primary one – that somehow winemakers add additional elements into their fermentation vats, perhaps throwing… Read More

Drinking to a new Jewish life

We recently had some reasons to rejoice and, as our readers would expect, there were a few bottles opened with family and friends. With a wide range of excellent wines available at all price levels, choosing the best celebratory wines was a bit of a challenge.

What’s really in that glass of wine

Last week we noted that a wine’s flavors are primarily the result of how and where the grapes are grown coupled with the skill of winemaker, and that wine is essentially free of additives. There are parts of the wine producing world where the nonadditive approach is simply common practice and well-established tradition, while there… Read More