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

Keep your nose away from the cork

Over the years of scribbling these articles about kosher wines and distilled spirits, I’ve gotten a fair amount of correspondence from readers asking questions. This week I’m going through my email bag to answer some of them. What is the difference between red and white wine glasses? Do I really need to buy both? To… Read More

It wouldn’t be wine without oak

Why oak? At first glance it would seem unlikely that the wood from a tree and the fruit of the vine would have such a longstanding relationship. While both oak barrels and wine are ultimately made from plants, they are certainly cultivated, harvested, developed and utilized very differently. Yet without oak, the wide world of… Read More

Travails of whisky-making in Taiwan

The world of Scotch whisky lost one its great behind-the-scenes practitioners this month. Dr. James Swan died Feb. 14 at his home in Edinburgh, Scotland. He was 75. As a drinks industry consultant to wineries, breweries, whisky blenders and distillers, Swan was a highly sought after expert. Among the many distilleries around the world Swan… Read More

When bad guys sell bad wine

The other day I watched the documentary “Sour Grapes” about a crime that rocked the wine world. The crime and the nature of the victims make this compelling and genuinely enjoyable film an indictment of a certain invidious elite class of wine collector. It also impugns some of the vagaries of the necessarily subjective world… Read More