Four ardent spirits for Sukkot

When the holiday of Sukkot rolls around, I find myself gravitating toward warming, ardent spirits — single-malt Scotch whisky chief among them. One of the newest product roll-outs for the U.S. market comes from the Loch Lomond Group. Imported to the United States by A. Hardy USA, the impressive portfolio of Scotch whiskies is gaining… Read More

Did King David drink this wine?

I’ve long been a fan of Recanati wines. Based in Israel’s Emek Hever (Hefer Valley), about 28 miles north of Tel Aviv, the Recanati Winery was established in 2000 by Lenny Recanati and a small group of investors. Today it is Israel’s sixth largest winery, and it has received wide international critical acclaim. The winery… Read More

A wine cabinet’s Days of Awe

Between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, it is only natural that our thoughts drift between self-reflection, philosophic contemplation and an abiding concern for others: Why do I love pinot noir? Can a good, reasonably priced kosher burgundy still be found? Will this wine also please the discerning palates of my guests? Thankfully, I have found… Read More

Welcome wines from the Butcher’s Daughter

I recently had the chance to taste the latest releases under the “La Fille du Boucher”/“The Butcher’s Daughter” wine label. These are house wines selected and bottled for the trendy Parisian kosher restaurant of the same name, located in Paris’ 17th arrondissement. Previously only their enjoyable Bordeaux wine was available here, but now six wines… Read More

Fresh, beguilingly breezy and Kiwi Kosher

Another great addition to the world of kosher wine comes to us from New Zealand, from the Rapaura Marlborough wine-growing region, where O’Dwyer’s Creek Vineyard is situated. Owned and operated by Lindsay and Trish Dahlberg, the brand name “O’Dwyer’s Creek” is named after their sustainable certified vineyard on O’Dwyer’s Road, near the town of Blenheim…. Read More

Look to Japan for innovative whiskeys

Ask nearly any whiskey drinker back in 1999 or 2000 about Japanese whiskey, and you’d have very likely encountered a blank look. By 2001, however, the whiskey world was all abuzz with the topic after a 10-year-old single malt from Nikka’s Yoichi distillery was awarded “Best of the Best” over and above any Scotch whisky… Read More

Kosher wine on a budget

Over the last few years, kosher wine consumers have seen a steady stream of new “budget” or “value” wines coming from Italy. At first glance this might seem surprising as there are only two exclusively kosher wineries in Italy —Terra di Seta (in Castelnuovo Berardenga, in the province of Siena; it began in 2001, but… Read More

Grill the footlongs and pour the rosé

Folks keep asking me about wine pairings with grilled foods, like hot dogs. I’d never given it much thought, as I prefer beer with hot dogs. At least one of my more persistent oenophile correspondents has, however, persuaded me to give the matter greater consideration. According to the Washington-based National Hot Dog and Sausage Council,… Read More

Loving the much-maligned margarita

One of the most popular hot-weather cocktails in the United States, and the single most popular tequila-based beverage in the world, is the ubiquitous and much-maligned margarita. For although it is now more likely to be found looking slushy and fruity and thoroughly soulless, the margarita is actually an urbane, delicious and refreshing classic cocktail… Read More