Keeping your balance at the Thanksgiving table

Thanksgiving dinner is one of those American traditions that’s regularly greeted with joy or dread, depending entirely on one’s attitude and forbearance. The proceedings generally progress with greater joviality, or at least cordiality, when well lubricated. Just drink responsibly or your Thanksgiving feast is likely to be remembered for all the wrong reasons. The goal… Read More

A bubbly election follow-up

Last week’s presidential election reminded me of a famous quote attributed to Napoleon Bonaparte: “Champagne! In victory one deserves it; in defeat one needs it.” Champagne is usually associated with celebrations and secular holidays, but is so pleasing to the senses and so food friendly that it should be enjoyed anytime. Served chilled, Champagnes and… Read More

Paean for the versatile hot toddy

Generally enjoyed in cold weather, and often sipped late in the evening to facilitate sleep, the hot toddy is actually a fairly versatile potion, one that can be enjoyed in much the same fashion as an evening tea or after-dinner coffee. The drink is most directly associated with Scotland, and refers to a mixed alcoholic… Read More

Here’s your hat, what’s your whiskey?

I don’t typically associate whiskey with headgear, but a recent promotional event I attended did just that. It was my first opportunity to taste the enjoyable new I.W. Harper Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, which was relaunched last year. I also walked away with a new hat, a stylish — verging on hipster — wool felt… Read More

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