Tag Archives: Syrah

Shirah Winery

After a short[er] newsletter last week, this week’s missive details the wonders of another boutique California winery – Shirah and as a result, is once again [ever-so-slightly] longer than usual.  Hopefully you will persevere as the story behind Weiss Brothers and their wines are well worthy of your attention. My first encounter with the libations […]

Hajdu (Brobdingnagian)

#293 – June 1, 2015 (Evolution of a Giant / Tales of Brobdingnag) It was nearly five years ago when I first wrote a brief newsletter about Jonathan Hajdu and his first two wines, getting the word out on his incredible new winery – then known as Brobdingnagian.  The talent was apparent with the first […]

Annual Pesach Kosher Wine Buying Guide (Holiday Prep)

#288 – March 12, 2015 Public Service Announcement: You can skip the verbiage and scroll straight down to the bottom of this newsletter for the actual list (which this year includes all my recommendations in this week’s edition, instead of being split over two weeks), but the material below contains a number of tips that […]

The Pièce(s) de Résistance (Best Wines of 2014)

With the Gregorian year of 2014 officially in the bag, it is time for my annual rating of the best wines I tasted in 2014.  In keeping with “Yossie’s Corkboard” tradition, in addition to the “best” wines of 2014, I have also included a list of the most interesting and exciting wines I tasted this […]

Yatir Winery

#279 – October 3, 2014 As I have lamented here in the past, one of the problems in writing a weekly (or in my case, an “almost-weekly”) newsletter as opposed to a daily one, is that you have only so much real-estate to dedicate to any particular wine or winery. With nearly 100 kosher wineries […]

Jezreel Valley

When I first started writing my newsletter over eight years ago, the opening of a new winery was a special and relatively rare event that usually generated much excitement (at least among the geeky wine-loving community), even if the wines themselves were often disappointing and didn’t live up to the hype or expectations.  These day […]

Recanati Winery

#254 – August 9, 2013 (Latest Visit Report) As promised a few weeks ago in my “Wine Country” newsletter, this week’s newsletter is all about Recanati Winery, who has not received primo attention in nearly three years (despite occupying a substantial amount of my drinking and tasting during that time).  Established in 2000 and located […]

Rosh Hashanah 2010 Selections

For our inaugural edition of the Leket Wine Club and in honor of our increasing operations in the Northern parts of Israel, I have decided to focus on four wineries with vineyards located on Israel’s Northern border – Dalton, Galil Mountain, Recanati and Segal.  While Leket has not yet had the opportunity to pick grapes […]