Mel Lifshitz recently published an entry on his official website about his visit to Shadow Creek Golf Course in Las Vegas. Below is an excerpt from the blog entry.
Gambling, Casinos, the desert, Las Vegas is known for quite a few things, however, one you may not expect to hear about is it’s golf courses. Recently, Mel Lifshitz took a trip to one such location, for a little R&R with his nephew, and experienced the merits of the City’s golf community for himself. The “Shadow Creek Golf Course”, located in North Las Vegas, at about 60 million dollars, was developed by Steve Wynn, a casino magnate in the late 80′s from desert flatland.
The Shadow Creek Golf Course is one of Las Vegas famous golf courses because of its positive reviews and reputation.
Some amazing photos of the course are posted on the blog post. Check Mel’s official blog at www.mellifshitz.com.
In the previous entries of this blog, kosher wines like the 2006 Herzog Special Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon and the 2010 Goose Bay Sauvignon Blanc are introduced in details. On this entry, Mel Lifshitz features wine bloggers in his top pick list . He finds their web blogs useful and interesting.
These wine blogs serve as his benchmarking examples as he is trying to develop his own online journal that will feature various stories of wines from all over the world.
MatthewJukes.com – This is a wine blog authored and maintained by Matthew Jukes, an influential wine writer in the UK. He started his blog on May 2004 and has gain a huge following since then. His thoughts, recommendations and tastings are religiously followed by wine lovers all over Britain. Mel’s favorite blog post from MatthewJukes.com is this one.
FoodAndWineInLondon.com – Food and Wine in London is authored by Brian St. Pierre, an American who lives in London for 18 years. He is a Contributing Editor for Decanter, the leading international wine magazine. His food-and-wine cookbook, The Perfect Match, was nominated for a James Beard Award. You can read some of his wine notes here.
HelenSavage.com – Helen is a well-respected and knowledgeable wine writer and educator in Britain. She is twice a finalist in the Champagne Ambassador’s Award – organized by the Champagne Industry for wine educators. She has run wine study tours to France and other European countries since 1986. You may read Helen’s tasting notes here.
Julia7ich.com – Julia Sevenich is an Austrian wine and food publicist who has keen interest in art, mountain sports, and environmental sustainability. She offers food and wine consulting on her website. Mel Lifshitz’s favorite entry from her blog is this.
Chevsky.com – The Iron CHEVSKY Wine Blog is authored and maintained by a certified wine aficionado who calls himself “Iron Chevsky”. Iron Chevsky is a software industry executive who believes that his blog is not about wine but about life made better by wine. He also believes that a meal without wine is a lost opportunity. Melly’s fave entry from his blog is this.
Stay tuned for more updates from this blog. For the mean time, you may follow Mel Lifshitz in Twitter.
Melly Lifshitz recommends and loves the 2010 Goose Bay Sauvignon Blanc, a Kosher wine by Philip Jones and Mathew Rutherford of Spencer Hill Estates in New Zealand. For those who have no idea about kosher wines, according to Wikipedia, Kosher wine is a grape wine produced in accordance to Judaism’s religious law, specifically, Jewish dietary laws known as kashrut.
The 2010 Goose Bay wines, according to spencerhillwine.com, are made under strict supervision for the kosher market throughout the world. All of their wines are produced Mevushal and are sold through the Royal Wine Corporation located in New York.
Mel Lifshitz has read some positive reviews about the wine from wine lovers and distributors online. Below are just a few.
One of the first Kosher Sauvignon Blancs from New Zealand to arrive in America, this gem is creamy with notes of gooseberry, sage, and magnolia blossoms. This medium-bodied wine is an ideal companion to salmon or chicken. Mevushal. – Astor Wines & Spirits
Goose Bay Sauvignon Blanc is produced using grapes harvested in New Zealand’s famous Marlborough district. The long, cool growing seasons and clay loam soils have contributed incredible citrus fruit flavours and a crisp texture to this wine. Serve Goose Bay Sauvignon Blanc alongside fish, cheess, and freshly bake breads. – Marketview Liquor
There is now a wealth of wines, in every style imaginable that are Kosher for Passover and delicious to boot. This Sauvignon Blanc is but one example. Produced using grapes harvested in New Zealand’s famous Marlborough district. The long, cool growing season and clay loam soils have contributed incredible tangy citrus fruit flavors, a touch of gooseberry and a crisp texture to this wine. Try it with Gefilte fish. – Westchester Wine Warehouse
For those who haven’t checked this kosher wine, Melly Lifshitz advises everyone to visit this link.
As mentioned in the previous post, when it comes to red wine, Mel Lifshitz recommends the 2006 Herzog Special Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley. Aside from the fact that it comes from California’s major producer of kosher wine, the 2006 Herzorg Special is the first ever kosher wine from the historic To Kalon vineyard.
The tons of positive feedback Menachem Lifshitz hears from his friends and followers prods him to do more research about the 2006 Herzog Special Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon.
“This wine has one of the best aromas from a cab. Taste is strong from the offset and mellows out nearly immediately. This wine goes great with stew and chocolate.”, says Craig Johnson, a cellartracker.com member who gives the wine a rating of 93 points.
The 2006 Herzog Special Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon has extended time on the vine. It produces rich notes of plum and blackberry. It gives you a warm, jam-filled nose with a tannic yet soft mouth-feel. Its vanilla-toasty finish is the result of being stored in small French barrels for 18 months. This is according to shopherzog.com, an online wine store which displays most of the Herzog wine collection
According to cellartracker.com, California is one of the most diverse wine regions in the world, with almost 100 grape varieties grown in over 100 viticultural areas, including dozens of different microclimates and soil types, as well as a very individualistic set of winemakers, many with international experience, which adds to and deepens that diversity.
As a traveller, Mel Lifshitz can be considered as a veteran when it comes to selecting beverages like which wine is the finest and which one is not. This, considering the countless places he had been to, one can just wonder what are the amazing things he learned that he becomes so good at almost everything.
When it comes to wine for Passover meal, most of us are familiar with Manischewitz – the sweet, syrupy kosher standard that resembles something between grape Kool-aid and Karo – and if you’ve ever had it, you’d probably attest that no one should be forced to drink four sips of it, much less the four cups required for each Seder.
Mel Lifshitz said that for a wine to be kosher, the vines on which the grapes are grown must be at least four years old and left unharnessed every seventh year. The winemaking process must accord with the kosher regulations, and the tools may not be used for purposes outside of winemaking. In addition, these tools may only be used by practicing male Jews. Kosher winemaking in no way negatively affects the quality of wine produced.
Mel highly recommends the 2010 Goose Bay Sauvignon Blanc. It is a great wine is by Phillip Jones and Mathew (it’s not a misspelling) Rutherford of Spencer Hill Estates in New Zealand, is produced Mevushal with Marlborough and Nelson grapes and bottled with Diam cork. Sunlight in a glass with grassy, hay bail aroma you’d expect from a Kiwi sauv blanc. Hints of citrus fruits and a little wood on the palate combine with just enough acidity to keep things serious. Hint of minerals on the finish help you forget this is kosher. No syrupy slop here, folks.
As far as Red Wine goes Mel E. Lifshitz recommends 2006 Herzog Special Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley. California’s major producer of kosher wine is Herzog Family Vineyards in the Central Coast. Herzog produces several varietals, from chardonnay to syrah to cabernet, all of them kosher. Mel got a ton of feedback from friends and followers who tell him that the Herzog’s Cabernets are hands down some of the best in the region, kosher or not. That’s saying a lot given some of the other powerhouse wines in the region.