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A Kosher Wine for Every Personality

 

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She was a real beauty.  Sparkling like gold.  Bubbly and vivacious, her charm and refinement were refreshing and unexpected.  Over the course of dinner, she seemed to really open up and I discovered things I had never expected to find.  That night I fell in love with French Champagne.

Every wine has a personality.  And there is a personality for every wine. I wanted to share my completely unscientific wine personality pairings to help you play matchmaker next time you are having a dinner party or guests over for Shabbat.


 

All About Wine

 

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Everything you ever wanted to know about wine, but were afraid to ask. (more…)


 

Kosher Wine from Israel for Passover

 

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This year, I propose a slight variation on the now familiar refrain that closes each Passover Seder. Before you pour one of the four cups of wine at your Seder meal, stand up and proudly declare: “Next wine from Jerusalem!” I guarantee your guests will not be disappointed.

Two thousand years before grapevines were planted in the venerable wine regions of France and Italy, wine was being produced in the land of Israel. Visiting one of the 250 wineries scattered throughout the country is a lesson in tradition meeting technology. Winemaking in Israel is both art and science, with plenty of help from nature. Boasting dry, hot summers, a short wet winter, occasional frost and cold Negev nights, Israel has the potential to become one of the premier wine growing destinations in the world.


 

Candy and Wine Pairings

 

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So, let’s have a little fun quiz with Jay – which wine would you pair with….

Chocolate wafers?
Jeunesse.


 

Perfect Purim Wines

 

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Q. What wines do you recommend for Purim and why?
A. Light semi-dries for the day and try to stick with low alcohols like Bartenura Moscato, W wines, Carmel Moscato and the new Gamla Moscato. This is what you serve those that come in out to drop off shlach manot etc …..but of course NEVER GIVE ANY WINE TO ANYONE WHO IS DRIVING OR UNDER 21 YEARS OLD!!! For the seudah, three drier but lighter wines-  Pinot Noir from Barkan, Baron Herzog Chardonnay or Ramon Cordova Rioja (Spain). There are also new very delicious reserves from Israel – Binyamina or Gamla Wineries.

Q. Do you have a drinking game plan you can suggest/map out for folks who want to fulfill the mitzvah but don’t want to feel sick?
A. Stay away from overly sweet wines – the sugar alone will get you sick. If you intend to drink a lot stretch it out over the entire day, not all at once. Bear in mind “alcohol is alcohol, mixing is what’s bad” is a myth. Total consumption is what counts. One shot of whiskey is equivalent to one glass of wine is equivalent to 12 ounces of beer or light wine ie Bartenura.


 

Walders Vanilla Vodka

 

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Q: Tell me about Vodka and Vanilla by Walders.
A: A pareve, creamy, truly luscious drink that’s got a nice alcohol kick but still won’t knock you for a loop so you can sip it all night.

Q: What does it taste like, is it sweet?
A: Yes, sweet, but not cloying.


 

Special Wines for Special Occasions

 

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We’ve been talking with Jay Buchsbaum, a wine educator from Royal Wine Corporation, who has taught us a great deal about serving wine with our meal. Today we discuss the Pink, White and Red wines by W.

Q: Pink by W – I love it.
A: Thanks, GET IN LINE …me too


 

Kosher Cabernet Comes of Age

 

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Cabernet Sauvignon is the most widely planted red wine grape in the world.  Cabernet dominates the Bordeaux appellation of France, home of the most prized wines in the world and it has the fortitude to thrive in almost every wine growing region.  (more…)


 

The Five S’s of Wine Tasting

 

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We’ve been talking with Jay Buchsbaum, a wine educator from Royal Wine Corporation, who has taught us a great deal about serving wine with our meals. When I asked him about helping me learn to appreciate fine wines, he promised me a lesson in the “Five S’s.” So here it is – our mini-manual in wine tasting!

Q: Ok, Jay, I’m ready to start really enjoying wine. What are those five S’s of wine-tasting?

A: They are Sight, Swirl, Smell, Savor, Spit (or Swallow). I’ll explain each one.


 

Glasses, Goblets and Decanters – Drinking...

 

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Jay Buchsbaum, a wine educator from Royal Wine Corporation
has been giving us the lowdown on how to pair wine with food. Now that we know the basic principles, I say we’re ready to party!

Q: Jay, I know you’re in favor of serving wine at a dinner party, and there’s no doubt in my mind that it’s a nice thing to do. But how important is it? People are always planning their menus but not their wine list?


 

Kosher Food and Wine Experience 2011

 

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Royal Wine Corp. is hosting the Fifth Annual Kosher Food and Wine Experience (KFWE) on Feb. 22, 2011 at Pier 60 on the Hudson River.

Wine lovers will be able to taste 200 high quality kosher wines from all around the world and foodies will be able to taste from over 25 of the top kosher restaurants and caterers in and around New York.


 

Kosher Food and Wine Experience – WIN...

 

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How would you like to win a pair of tickets to come to the Kosher Food and Wine Experience on Feb 22 2011 at Chelsea Piers in NYC? This is going to be an awesome event – featuring kosher food from some of the most delicious and famous kosher restaurants, more than 200 kosher wines and the most amazing kosher chefs, including our very own Jamie Geller. Jamie will be there to shmooze with you all and sign books. Kosher.com will be showing off our goods too – it is going to be a major kosher experience!!

These tickets are $100 a pop, but if you want a chance at winning a pair of them, and are prepared to come to NYC on your own dime – here is what you need to do. Remember when Jamie recently told us about her failed snowman cake? What is one of your memorable kitchen disasters? Tell us about it in the comments – and Jamie will pick a winner.


 

Kosher Wine Q & A

 

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Jay Buchsbaum of Royal Wines is back to answer a bunch of wine questions for us.

Q: True or false. Can you serve food cooked with wine to children or adults who cannot take alcohol?


 

Pairing Kosher Wine with Fish

 

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We’re speaking with wine expert Jay Buchsbaum from Royal Wine. Last time, we discussed pairing wine with dairy pasta dishes. Today we’ll talk fish.

Q: Before we discuss pairing fish dishes and wine, I have another question. Jay, if a recipe calls for wine – I always recommend serving the same wine for drinking, please tell me I am right. I always like to be right.


 

Arc of the Covenant

 

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Jeff Morgan grew up on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.  Before Saturday afternoon in Central Park required a skirt or kippah and before there was a kosher restaurant on every block.   Jeff never had a Bar-Mitzvah, he did not celebrate Shabbat and he never kept kosher.  But somehow along the way he learned to make the finest kosher wine in America. (more…)