Kosher Wine & Spirits

 

The Bubble Show – Kosher Sparkling Wine and...

 

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The sound of the popping cork.  Foam sliding down the shaft of the glass bottle.  Champagne knows how to make quite an entrance.  It is always in fashion, goes well with most everything and is the life of the party.  Sparkling wine can be white, red, pink, sweet, dry.  Its various disguises share one common trait…  Bubbles. (more…)


 

Kosher Wine for Thanksgiving

 

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At a Thanksgiving dinner, the most important question is usually white or dark.  At my Thanksgiving dinner, it is white or red.  Choosing the perfect wine for Thanksgiving does not have to be intimidating.  There are a number of wines that pair quite nicely with the classic menu of turkey, stuffing, sweet potato or pumpkin pie, green beans and cranberry sauce.  Unlike Passover, where our wine drinking is often measured by quantity, on Thanksgiving we can focus on quality and sharing our favorites with friends and loved ones.  (more…)


 

Kosher Wine that Rocks

 

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It took a while, but California winemaker and rock music impresario Bruce Cohn finally decided to go kosher.  At least he is giving it a try, with the release of the 2008 Trestle Glen Estate Cabernet Sauvignon.  According to Bruce, “I figured after 25 years of making wine with the name ‘Cohn’ on the bottle, why not have a kosher wine for that segment of the market?”  It was worth the wait.  Daniel Rogov, wine and restaurant critic for the Israeli daily newspaper HaAretz, just gave the wine 92 points and kosher wine lovers are buzzing with excitement.  “We think it’s a good, solid kosher wine,” explains Bruce, “and being as though we grow the grapes, we know that you can’t make great wine if you don’t have high quality grapes, so that’s where we begin.” (more…)


 

The Best of Oktoberfest

 

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As a Jewish traveler, I must admit I had my reservations prior to visiting Germany for the first time.  Two nights and three days at the Munich Hilton for Oktoberfest 2007.  I went for the beer, the music, and the lederhosen.   I Ieft with an appreciation for the spirited renewal of Jewish life in this historic city, a taste for lager and a hangover. (more…)


 

New Wines for a New Year

 

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On Rosh Hashanah we are asked to reflect on two thoughts, the year that came before and the year to come. As wine lovers, we hold these same thoughts in our glass. 5771 is shaping up to be a wonderful year, with exciting new releases from some of our favorite wine regions: Australia, California, Israel and Italy. As you finalize your guest list and prepare your menu, joyofkosher highlights several new wines for the new year that would feel right at home on your holiday table!

Our friend, Daniel Rogov, wine and restaurant critic for the Israeli daily newspaper HaAretz, graciously offered to share his tasting notes for our wine selections. Rogov is the author of a number of wine and culinary books, including Rogov’s Guide to Israeli Wines 2010 and Rogov’s Guide to Kosher Wines 2010 and his frequent musings on the world of wine and food are available at: http://www.wineloverspage.com.
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World Class Wines for the World Cup

 

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Fine wine and football may seem to go together like caviar and coke, but if you are captivated by improbable scores, a colorful history and larger than life personalities, you can turn off ESPN and turn the corkscrew on a bottle of wine from South Africa.

At the southern tip of Africa, where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Indian Ocean, lies the city of Cape Town, a great wine capital of the world and the gateway to the South African wine country.  For over 350 years, the cultures of Africa, Europe and the East coalesce in the shadow of Table Mountain, creating a vibrant city currently hosting the FIFA World Cup. The wines of South Africa also express a global flair, blending the restrained elegance of the Old World with the accessible fruit-forward styles of the New World, highlighting the unique terroir and diversity of the Cape.


 

Kosher Rose Wine

 

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Let’s get this out of the way right now, Rosé is not White Zinfandel, you can’t make a Rosé by blending red and white wines together (although some exceptions exist for French Champagne) and if you are hoping for bubblegum and cotton candy flavors, you will be sorely disappointed.

Rosé wines are actually made from red grapes.  Common varietals used to make Rosé include Cabernet, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Grenache, Tempranillo, Sangiovese, and Syrah.  The style is dry and fruity, without the cloying sweetness you may have expected by looking at the glass. The reddish hue of the wines comes from the length of time the juice of the grapes remains in contact with the skin of the red wine grapes.


 

Perfect Pairings: Kosher Cheese and Kosher Wine

 

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Pairing kosher wine with a kosher cheese is an art, not a science. Like all food and wine combinations, you should be guided by good taste and don’t be afraid to experiment. The possibilities are endless and you can be as creative as you want.   Make your guests an offer they can’t refuse, as a prelude to a festive Italian dairy meal, enjoy a selection of kosher Italian cheeses like Montasio, Parmigiano and Provolone , marinated olives and roasted peppers and a glass of a Borgo Reale Toscano Rosso or a Bellenda Prosecco.

To help inspire you, the editors of joyofkosher offer a few easy rules to remember when pairing kosher wine and kosher cheese.


 

Passover Wines: Four Minds on Four Wines

 

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After all the cleaning, cooking, table setting and frantic preparation for the Passover Seder is over, you might think the easiest part of the meal would be opening a bottle of wine.  But for some of us, after the Four Questions comes the dreaded fifth… “Cabernet or Chardonnay?” We invited four special guests to gather around our Joy of Kosher table to share their recommendations for the four wines to serve on Seder night.

Ari Erle is the founder of Israel Wine Company and an international winemaking consultant.  Ari has worked at several famous wineries in the Napa Valley, such as Colgin Estates, Clos Du Val and O’Shaughnessy Estate Winery.


 

Pour Out The Kosher Wine -Into a Glass of Course!

 

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Kosher wine is traditional for the Passover seder, so what goes into that making that bottle? To keep with tradition, those who may not keep kosher will enjoy kosher wine, but not too many people consider all that it takes to create kosher wine. It all starts with Concord grapes, which naturally have a bitter taste, so bottlers add large amounts of sugar to sweeten the wine.

And then there is the difference between kosher wine that uses boiling to purify it (Mevushal), and the newer “flash pasteurization” method which does the same thing, yet preserves the taste. However, by not boiling it, the “non-Mevushal” wine can lose it’s kosher status if handled by a non-Jew. The Mevushal is exempt from this and can be poured and enjoyed by all, regardless of religion.


 

Kosher Wines

 

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Like most American-born Jews born before 1980, I grew up associating kosher wine with sweet, Manischewitz kiddush wine. To me, Friday night still isn’t the same without it, but the kosher wine industry has taken huge leaps forward over the last two decades, and top quality table wines are available from just about every continent.

In Israel, most tourists are familiar with the Golan Heights Winery in Katzrin and Mizrachi Carmel Winery in Zichron Ya’akov, but dozens of boutique wineries have cropped up in Israel’s highland areas over the past decade, including more than a few kosher ones. Drive Israel features a self-guided driving tour of some of the finest ones in the northern region, and six out of the nine wineries are kosher. One place that didn’t make it onto the list, Dalton Winery just north of Tzfat, produces some of the finest kosher wine currently on the market.