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Is It Worth It?

A reflection on the price of wine.

03/07/2014
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One question we get asked about wine is, “Is it worth the money?”

Worth, like beauty, is subjective. Indeed, asking the “worth” question is really another way of asking, “Is it worth it to you?” It’s clear, though, that what people really mean when they ask this question is, “Do you think this is worth it to me?” So how does one begin to answer that?

Courtesy of Dalton Winery

Sparkle Up Your Purim

In praise of the Champagne-like, yet affordable, Cava.

03/04/2014
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When it comes to victory celebrations, the ubiquitous wine of choice is Champagne, that almost magical sparkler from Northern France. At sporting events, winners drink Champagne from trophies. Ship captains launch their vessels by smashing a bottle on the prow. In military messes, officers have long quaffed the bubbly to celebrate victories old, new and not yet won.

Cava is just as festive — but much less expensive — than kosher champagne. Courtesy of Freixenet

Delicious But Difficult

Pinot noir frustrates winemakers, but wine drinkers love it.

02/26/2014
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Pinot noir can drive winemakers mad. It’s difficult to grow and vinify, temperamental in the barrel and prone to closing down in the bottle for years before becoming drinkable again. But these challenges seem to inspire, rather than inhibit, winemakers who consider crafting a pinot noir the pinnacle of their profession.

Yarden Pinot Noir 2009. Photo courtesy of Golan Heights Winery

Blending Grape Varietals

Judean winery Barkan experiments, with delicious results.

02/11/2014
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One of the more difficult aspects of winemaking is creating a blend. It requires the ability to predict how a very young wine will evolve, as well as knowing which additional varietals will enhance the finished product. Since the bottle might not be ready to drink for years after the vintage is harvested, a finely crafted blended wine is a true testimony to a winemaker’s skill and experience.

Barkan Assemblage Tzafit 2010. Courtesy of Barkan Winery

Drinking In The Texts

The evening had the feel of a Greek symposium or a party with your most creative friends. Last Thursday night, LABA (a laboratory for new Jewish art inspired by classical texts) hosted DRUNK, an intoxicating evening of learning at the 14th Street Y.  The theme of the evening was wine.
 

Bread, Wine And Thou

'That one glass changed everything,' quoth the happy groom a year after he met his wife.

03/11/2013
Contributing Editor

Note: This article introduces a new column that will feature a different couple’s story each month.

She thought she might not be able to overcome her fear of marriage after her parents’ divorce. He feared he wouldn’t meet someone who could understand his “old-world soul” — especially in New York City.

Rebecca Kaplan and Leon Zinger on the one-year anniversary of their meeting. Michael Datikash

Your New Four Cups

Passover wines that will elevate your seder and your spirits.

03/05/2013
Food & Wine Editor

Passover is coming up. Joy of Kosher brings you Gary Landsman's list of the best kosher wines for every price. Follow these suggestions and the guests at your Passover Seder will thank you, and you may even impress Elijah.

Better than Manischewitz. Fotolia

For California Mountain Man, Vines Are A Calling

Religious vintner does everything from planting the grapes, to crushing them, to labeling bottles of the finished product.

02/01/2013

Producing wine atop a tranquil mountain in a remote area of northern California is quite a way to make a living. For Benyamin Cantz, whose one-man operation in the hills of Santa Cruz produces kosher wine from organic grapes, it's also a calling.

Winemaker and vintner Benyamin Cantz inspecting his vineyards in Santa Cruz, Calif., January 2013. Chavie Lieber

A Liquid New Year

Twelve new wines for 5773.

Special To The Jewish Week
09/04/2012

As with the run-up to Passover, the weeks before Rosh HaShanah are some of the busiest for those in the kosher wine trade. Wine producers and importers rush to get their new wines on the market, and many wine merchants will sell more kosher wine during this period than in the preceding four months combined. For the wine writer, this influx of new wines makes this a particularly good time to step back and take a broad look at the market.

A few of the best of this year’s vintages.

The Right White For Fall

Viognier holds up well to autumn weather.

10/11/2011
Special To The Jewish Week

After a warmer-than-usual September and early October, autumn is taking its time arriving. But when the leaves start in earnest to change color and the weather turns bracing, the time of year is right for a glass of Viognier.

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