Category Archives: Wine Types


As I work my way through the last two hundred wines I need to taste for my annual Pesach Wine Buying Guide (which I hope to release early next week), I finally got around to tasting three Chablis wines from Dampt Feres (samples provided by importer Bradley Alan) and decided the region and wine genre deserved some […]

One Grape to Rule them all (Riesling)

#363 – October 26, 2018 Over the last 30 years I have been into wine (the last 12 of which I have been penning this newsletter), the world of kosher wine has undergone seismic changes with many trends coming and going, the most prominent of which has been the explosive growth in those drinking and […]

Champagne & Sparkling Wine

Despite being in the throes of winter, I find nothing cheers me up more than a crisp glass of bubbly and, with all that is going on in the world around us, I doubt anyone is going to find good cheer and celebratory vibes unwelcome which is the genesis being this week’s topic of sparkling […]

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 […]

Rosé Colored Glasses

#333 – June 22, 2017 With the mercury continuing to climb and New York succumbing to ever-increasing levels of wilting humidity, the search for relief is on.  As any self-respecting oenophile knows, wine is the best way to combat summer’s discomfort with rosé the poster-child for such vinous relief.  While Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio […]

A Foreign Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (Touriga Nacional)

After a little break to recuperate from the copious amounts of eggs, bread of affliction and wine consumed and imbibed over the glorious Pesach holiday we are back to discuss a special grape that plays a primary role in some of the world’s greatest dessert wines while moonlighting as a single varietal dry wine – […]

An Ode to Pink

#292 – May 20, 2015 Despite New York reverting back to more typical Spring weather these past few days, the recent tantalizing days of summer-like weather were sufficient to galvanize me into my annual ode to Rosé, easily one of the most glorious of all wine genres and unfortunately still snubbed by a large percentage […]

The Much Maligned Merlot

#157 – December 30, 2014 I wanted to shine some well-deserved light on a varietal that cannot seem to garner any respect, regardless of what it does – the Much Maligned Merlot. As any reader of this newsletter knows I am a big believer in oenophilic diversity and think that limiting one’s self to any […]


#250 – June 21, 2013 As spring quickly gives way to summer, I am looking forward to a drinking season loaded with crisp and refreshing wines such as Sauvignon Blanc and Rose. This week’s newsletter is dedicated to one of the noble varietals which doesn’t get nearly enough attention on these pages, but certainly produces […]


#246 – 4/25/2013 I have spent a significant amount of time in these newsletters discussing the various trends the Israeli wine industry in undergoing, most recently in my end of 2012 newsletters, covering the past and the future of the Israeli wine industry.  Among these trends is utilization of different varietals at different points during […]