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Perfect Wine for Purim Merrymaking

A Purim celebration depicted in a 19th century painting from Safed/ Courtesy Wikimedia Commons{{PD-US}}

Purim is just around the corner, so its time again to consider appropriate wines to suit the religiously mandated feast of the day.

Take in the Highlands Spirit

At the Bowmore Distillery/ Courtesy Bowmore

The other day I made the mistake of grabbing my raincoat instead of my overcoat, and spent the day just a tad too cold for comfort. That slight but uneasy feeling of chill in my bones did not abate until later that evening when, following my momentary fancy, I reached for a bottle of Bowmore Single Malt Scotch Whisky.

My Winey Valentine

Share a glass of kosher bubbly with the one you love this Valentine's Day

The week leading up to February 14, according the Nielson Company, is typically the fourth-largest period for sales of bubbly in the United States, after New Year's, Christmas, and Thanksgiving. While I love sparkling wine, and typically seize every conceivable excuse to pop open a bottle, when it comes to Valentine’s Day, however, I’m always a little torn.

Protect Your Wine From Frostbite

When the weather outside is frightful…don’t ship wine

While many of us enjoy chilled wine in the summer and mulled wine in the winter, proper storage temperature is key and adverse weather conditions can damage wine. Summer months, in particular, can be problematic. However, I was recently reminded that the cold can sometimes pose a significant problem, too.

Wine Of The Week

From the popular Twin Suns label, this week I consider the latest vintage (2016) of their Cabernet Sauvignon from Lodi, California. 

For those not yet familiar, Twin Suns is a collaborative venture between Ami and Larissa Nahari of The River Wine—a boutique kosher wine importer, distributor and producer—and the winemaking brothers Gabriel and Shimon Weiss of Shirah Wine LLC—maverick producers of kosher wines, focused on varietals, blends and uncommon styles in the kosher wine scene.

Wine: A Favorite of the Seven Species

Wine options to enhance your Tu B’Shvat celebration

There are a variety of different traditions and customs for celebrating Tu B’Shvat, but the most common include planting trees and gathering with family and friends for a meal that includes fruits and nuts native to Israel, and, of course, wine.

While not mentioned in the Torah itself, the day is nonetheless a significant date in the Jewish calendar. As the Mishnah notes, “The first of Shvat is the new year for the tree according to Beit Shammai, [however,] Beit Hillel says on the fifteenth of [that month].” (Tractate Rosh Hashanah, 2a. Beit Hillel won this round as usual.)

Warming Irish Coffee for Frosty Winter Days

Irish coffee: the best of both worlds, coffee and liquor! Wikimedia Commons/Jules Stone Soup

Warming Irish Coffee for Frosty Winter Days

Now that winter’s cold has firmly enveloped us, I find myself craving Irish Coffee to keep warm and mellow. Though adding booze to warm beverages is hardly a novel or technically difficult development in the annals of cocktail recipes, Irish Coffee is a modern invention designed for Americans.

In 1943, Brendan O'Regan was appointed Catering Comptroller at the Foynes flying boat terminal on the south side of the Shannon Estuary in County Limerick. At this time Foynes, Ireland, was one of the primary terminals for early transatlantic flights—even if just for refuel and resupply.

Wine-Lox Pairings

Bagel and lox. Courtesy torbakhopper

A friend recently asked me about pairing wine with some traditional brunch fair. In particular, I was asked, what wine would I pair with gravlax, lox, or smoked salmon?

Join the (Wine) Club

Over the past decade, wine clubs, which send bottles of wine to consumers’ homes, really began to take off here in the United States. Some perks wine club members enjoy are limited edition bottles and discounts on future purchases.

Thankfully, some great domestic kosher wineries jumped into wine club the craze too.

Hagafen Cellars in Napa, has three wine clubs, and the Covenant Winery in Berkeley has two.

A Bubbly New Year

For those who like to mark the end of one year and the start of the next in celebration, here are some pointers on choosing adult beverages for the occasion.

The easiest and most traditional option is, of course, Champagne. From the pop of the cork, to the rush of the bubbles, sparkling wines are firmly lodged in the wine drinking world’s collective psyche as fun, luxurious, celebration-inducing wines.