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YouTube Famous Talking Kosher Wine with The Swirl Suite

Listen to A Glass After Work talking and drinking kosher wine with The Swirl Suite

Maybe I shouldn’t have been surprised about this, but there are A LOT of wine bloggers in the DC metro area. I first met Tanisha (Girl Meets Glass) not long after I started blogging, but little did I know that she had a network of local amazing African-American women who were also wine bloggers. A couple of years after I met her, Tanisha left her desk job in DC for a wine life in Paris. As far as I can tell, she hasn’t looked back since (and I admit I’m green with envy).

Separately, a few years later at one of the Wine Bloggers’ Conferences, I met Sarita (Vine Me Up) and Glynnis (Vino_Noire). Sarita and I, in particular, were surprised that while we end up in similar wine circles and that she’s close with Tanisha, we never crossed paths before the conference. Not only that, but we also live fairly close to each other in DC, to the point that we’ve since met up at the wine bar that we both consider our local spot.

Behind the scenes of my interview with The Swirl Suite

Behind the scenes of my interview with The Swirl Suite

Tanisha, Sarita, Glynnis, Leslie (Vino301), and Melissa (Liquor_Lady) now making up The Swirl Suite and hold monthly discussions online about wine and spirits (you can find them here on YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, Stitcher, and SoundCloud). Sometimes they live stream and sometimes the conversations are pre-recorded. Sometimes it’s just the 5 of them and sometimes they have guests. Always, though, the conversations are lively, fun, and informative.

As a fan of all 5 ladies individually, and The Swirl Suite in its own right, I was very flattered when Sarita asked me to make a guest appearance to talk about kosher wines. I jumped at the chance. Last Sunday, I talked and drank with The Swirl Suite for 40 minutes, and the time went by very fast. You can watch our discussion here:

Covenant Wines Syrah

Covenant Wines Syrah

Without giving too many spoilers from the discussion, I was drinking the Covenant Wines Syrah, which is a $55 red wine from Israel that I would give 4.5 stars. My review will be posted in the next few days. Glynnis was drinking the Ugav Pinotage, which is a red wine made by Jerusalem Wineries in Israel, and she said the wine would be making a regular appearance in her house. Sarita opened a Cantina Gabriele Pinot Grigio that was not a favorite. Clearly, she and I will have to open another kosher wine together so that she has a better experience…there are so many delicious options out there.

Other wines, wineries, and online wine buying options that were mentioned during our conversation:

  • Deccolio Prosseco, which is a $14 sparkling wine from Italy that I reviewed in August and gave 4 stars.
  • Casa De Cielo Reserve Malbec/Syrah, which is an $11 red wine from Chile, is a silky wine full of dark fruit flavors and with medium tannins and acidity. It’s not very complex, but very food friendly (think steak or other grilled meats) and is perfect for drinking now.
  • 2014 Hajdu Wines Brobdinagian Petite Sirah – At $50, this kosher red wine from California is big, beautiful, and defies all the stereotypes about kosher wines. It’s still a touch young, but had nice fruit flavors and was delicious when paired with food. Definitely a wine worthy of a holiday occasion. Ratings 4.5 out 5 stars |

    2014 Hajdu Wines Brobdingnagian Petit Sirah

    Hadju Wines– I mentioned the Brobdinagian, which I haven’t blogged about although I did post about it on Instagram and gave it a 5 rating Vivino. However, I also really enjoyed their Grenache, which is a $50 red wine from California that I gave 4 corks to in October.

  • Dalton Winery, which I’ve reviewed in the past and enjoyed.
  • – This is the website that I do almost all of my online kosher wine shopping. The selection is definitely worth checking out.

Question of the Day: Have you ever had a kosher wine before?  What did you think?


A Good Cabernet After a Bad Day

2009 Dalton Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve

2009 Dalton Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve

Last Monday was a one of those days where everything just seemed to go wrong.  I got a late start leaving the condo, ended up on a broken metro train that had to be offloaded at one of the most crowded metro stops, and walked into work late to see the emails already piled up because I forgot to charge my Blackberry over the weekend.  I actually thought it would be a quiet day, since it was the Monday after Easter, but I couldn’t have been more wrong.  To top it off, the day ended with an ominous email from the Boss, which meant I left work not knowing what Tuesday would have in store.  By the time I walked back into the door Monday night, I was ready for a glass of wine and for the day to end.

The 2009 Dalton Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve (winery) was from the Galilee region of Israel and had a dark ruby color.  On the nose, there were juicy black plums mixed with hints of chocolate and eucalyptus.  In the mouth, there were black plums, blackberries, and hints of chocolate, earth, and eucalyptus.  The wine had a medium-to-full body, medium-to-big tannins, and a medium body.

Is this worth a glass after work? Definitely!  If you see this wine in the store, grab it; you won’t be disappointed.  At $36, this wine is a little on the pricey side for an everyday wine, although being that it is a kosher wine, I’m willing to dig a little deeper into my wallet for good quality.  I paired this wine with my matzo lasagna, which probably wasn’t the best combination, although it wasn’t the worst either.  The wine definitely needed to breathe a little, and by the time I was ready to knit and watch the latest episode of Castle, it opened up nicely.  All in all, it was a solidly good wine, particularly after a stressful day of work.

Question of the Day: Are you willing to pay a little more for a wine that you know will be good?  Are you willing to pay more for a kosher wine?

Price: $36
Purchased at Gotham Wines & Liquors
Overall: 3.5 Corks