Scottish Wine

The word whisky (here always spelled without the “e”), is a derivation of “usky,” shortened from the Irish word “usequebaugh,” which means “water of life.” “Eight boils of malt to Friar John Cor wherewith to make aqua vitae.” This is what appeared in the Scottish exchequer rolls in 1494, and is the earliest written mention of whisky, though it certainly existed centuries earlier. (By the way, this amount of malt would produce approximately 1500 bottles.) The popular story goes that St. Patrick made the first incarnation of whisky in Ireland around the 5th century AD, and it came to Scotland through the passing of tribal rituals from there. Some Scotch purists would argue whisky always had its origins at home, independent of the Irish. Regardless, as with most pleasurable beverages, monks were responsible for the earliest distillations. Whisky is brewed from fermented grain, and was first used for medicinal purposes. At this time, whisky was Read more »

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  • Pedro Ximénez

    Ximénez, Jimenez, Ximénès, Pedro, Pedro Giménez, Pedro Jimenez, Pedro Khimenes, Pedro Ximénès, Pedro Ximenes De Jerez...

  • Catawba

    Even older than the Concord grape, this historically-important variety is thought to be a chance seedling from North ...

  • Flora

    The appropriately named Flora, a cross of Gewürztraminer and Semillon, was developed by Dr. Harold Olmo, UC Davis’ le...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

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  • Bruichladdich Distillery Company

    Bruichladdich (try ‘Brook-Laddie’) is a Gaelic reference to the ‘raised beach’ upon which the dis...

  • Johnnie Walker

    Johnnie Walker is a classic brand of blended Scotch whisky, named for John “Johnnie” Walker, a ...

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  • Looking forward to trying these wines. Pick-up is May 1st. Joel going back to ... James Horn, a settler from Scotland, first planted grapes; in 1908, Domenico and Gilda Barberis, recent arrivals from Italy, planted more vines along Horn’s Creek. Seven years later, they established “Bonded Winery Number 118” at on the site.  Sadly, despite a ca... Read More

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  • Obviously the UK folks are linked in close with the WHO (plus they have to deal ... while visiting England or Scotland.  ; Read More

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  • Holiday excursions can be excluded, I suppose, especially where they're ... ... England (and even Scotland), France, Italy, Spain and Switzerland (and the eastern Med) altogether and unsurprisingly do a much better Christmas than Asia does. Though everywhere tries hard for New Year's...  ; Read More

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  • Duncan 906 - Your ride reminds me of our visit to England, Scotland & Wales several years ago (2006).  Near the end of this tour we arrived at Straford-upon-Avon, where we were scheduled to see the Shakespeare play 'Julius Caesar'.  Anyway, motorcycles were pouring into the city from all around - it was some kind of rally, with all sorts of moto... Read More

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  • I should say that we've only been interested in collecting wine in a wine ... ... Spain, Iceland, England, Scotland, Wales, Australia, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand.  The worst wine we have ever tasted was made in Vietnam.  The best wine we have ever tasted was made in Napa Valley (Barnett). The issue of over-paying for wines in a wine club ... Read More

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  • My dad's mother's mother was born on a farm in Alberta, while my ... ... looked a lot less like the Scotland they were leaving and all around better. Not sure anyone's really 'Canadian' in background, certainly in genetic terms, unless they're a member of a First Nations tribe, though I'm sure some cantankerous French Canadian might give me he... Read More

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  • Actually got a bottle today from a nice young lad from Scotland!  Last week a fellow from Texas had 3 bottles dropped off for me. Life is good! Read More

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  • I hope you have a good time AS.  I am half English, on my mother's ... ... We visited England, Scotland and Wales around the mid 2000 time frame and had a wonderful time.  But we weren't drinking wine at the time, nor scotch - just beer!  We need to go back again, that's for sur Read More

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  • Dear All,this is Cathy from Kohler Glass Bottle China.I'll go to Europe in Oct and Nov,2014. Is there any winery that i can visit in Scotland? My email:cathyli@kohlerbottle.com Our website:www.k-glassbottle.com

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  • Balvenie Doublewood 12y NV

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    This one disappointed. Not as refined as the price promised. Read More

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  • Johnnie Walker Blue Label Gift Pack

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    Overpriced but undeniably smooth. Light smoke and nice finish. Read More

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  • Do you have any wineries there that were founded by Dalmatians?

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