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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…)


 

Pairing Kosher Wines with Pasta Dinners

 

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Last week, Jay Buchsbaum, wine educator for Royal Wine, mentioned the health benefits of drinking a glass or two of wine daily. The question is how do we go about it? Jay gives us a crash course in food & wine pairing:

Q: Jay, I’m sure many people would like to work wine into their lives on a daily basis but don’t know how to start. What’s the best way to go about it?

A: When you plan your week’s dinners, plan the wines to go with it. Let’s say you have fish on Sunday night, meat on Tuesday, the Kosher.com special on Thursday. Just think through which wines will go with them and include those in your shopping list.


 

A New Year’s Eve Shabbat Party

 

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New Year’s Eve is on Shabbat this year.  For many of us, that means there will be no expensive restaurant tab, no traffic and no drunk drivers to avoid.  But it doesn’t mean we can’t party! Here are some ideas for  an unforgettable Shabbat New Year’s Eve party.  A selection of hors d’oeuvers, cocktails and maybe some table games followed by a pot-luck dessert party, where all your guests can bring their favorite sweet treat. (more…)


 

The Ultimate Kosher Wine Guide

 

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I was sipping a bit of Kiddush wine a few months ago, when the thought struck me that most people know very little about this remarkable drink. We say a blessing over it at sacred moments, we pour it when we celebrate a simchah and while relaxing with friends, but most of us are not all that savvy about this concoction that is so ancient, yet so modern.

You know me, folks. Once my curiosity is aroused about something, I won’t rest until I’ve learned all I can about it. And when I come across valuable information, my first move is to share it with you and the world.


 

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.