Author Archives: Yossie

It Doesn’t Get Better than This (Best Wines of 2018)

As always, in addition to the list of the best wines I tasted during the 2018 calendar year, i have also included a list of the most exciting and/or interesting wines I tasted throughout the year, many of which give more pleasure than some of their “near-perfect” brethren who are included in the former, more […]

Kishor Vineyards

#364 – November 2, 2018 In addition to the basic concept of being enjoyable, there are often other criteria we look for when determining which wines will receive an allocation of our hard-earned lirot. These could be awesome labels (e.g. Shirah), a great story (e.g. Four Gates), a desire to support Israeli wineries, or wanting […]

Rosé Colored Glasses (Rosé)

#357 – June 11, 2018 With a great slate of white wine options, it’s time to address the quintessential “summer wine” – rosé.  With warmer weather being dragged kicking and screaming into June, the crescendo of need for good looking and refreshing thirst-quenchers is peaking and help is finally here.  New York may have been […]

2018 Annual Pesach Wine Buying Guide

Busy Times The weeks leading up to Pesach are the US kosher wine industry’s busiest, with more kosher wine purchased during this period than the rest of the year combined.  In Israel, Rosh Hashana is nearly as busy a buying season as Pesach and wine buying is also more liberally spread out through the year. […]

Creme de la Creme (Best Wines of 2017)

This week includes my annual list of the best wines I tasted during the 2017 calendar year.  As is my annual custom, I also list the most exciting and/or interesting wines I tasted throughout the year, many of which give more pleasure than some of their “near-perfect” brethren who are included in the former, more […]

The Giving Vine (Wine Gifts)

#351 -November 30, 2017 Chanukah & the Art of Gift-Giving Long before sanctifying Rosh Chodesh Kislev with the serious wines of RCC (check out the Jewish Week’s recent article on RCC), my desk was cluttered with multiple lists outlining in great detail and colorful ink (not to mention varying degrees of legible penmanship) the different […]

Making it Easy (Thanksgiving Wines)

#350 – November 22, 2017 As a wine writer and full-fledged oenophile, the chagim and seasonal weather changes are harbingers not only of wardrobe changes and an onslaught of meat-heavy grocery shopping but also curated wine and drinking adjustments.  With good wine playing a primary role in the positive vibe of any social gathering or […]

Shiloh Winery

#349 – November 5, 2017 It has been more than five years ago since Shiloh Winery was profiled on this newsletter and things have certainly changed since 2012 when it was still a relative newcomer to the scene.  As can be seen in my interview of the principal owner in 2014, much has changed over […]

Vitkin Winery

  #347 – October, 11, 2017 Over the years of writing this newsletter there have been a few instances where my use of a certain word, turn of phrase or even one of my protologisms or neologisms have come back to haunt me. Attaching the adjective gregarious to Asaf Paz in my Binyamina newsletter back […]

Covenant Winery

May 4, 2017 As you know, Covenant’s wines have been continuously showcased on these pages for nearly ten years; however, the last time a full blown newsletter was dedicated to this magnificent winery was in 2011!  Back then, the winery only produced four wines, three under the Covenant label (the eponymous Cabernet Sauvignon along with […]