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.
01/31/2013 - 19:00

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
09/03/2012 - 20:00

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.
10/10/2011 - 20:00
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.

The Jewish Weeks's Grand Wine Tasting at the City Winery 2011 and Burning Chametz

Aaron Herman reports fromThe Jewish Weeks's Grand Wine Tasting at the City Winery and looks at the expanding universe of Passover wines. Also: an interview with Rabbi Ari Israel  about the custom of burning chametz.



Kosher Wine Guide 2011

Looking for great wines for the Passover seder? The best kosher wines sorted by price? The best from Israel? You'll find all that and more in The Jewish Week's lists of Top 18 kosher wines.
03/07/2011 - 19:00

The 2nd annual Jewish Week Kosher Wine Guide includes articles on how to pick the right wines for your seder and profiles of two up-and-coming kosher garagistes — and how these young winemakers are contributing to the “wine revolution.”

Also featured will be a look at the Herzogs, the first family of kosher wine.

Kosher Wine Guide 2011

Kosher Food and Wine Experience

The Jewish Week's Aaron Herman attends the Kosher Food and Wine Experience in NYC hosted by Royal wines

The Jewish Week's Grand Wine Tasting at City Winery

Taste the finest Kosher Wines from around the world!
MARCH 27, 2011 FROM 2:00- 5:00 PM

Just $35/person in advance or $40 at the door

Order yours now. Kosher Food Provided

Ten For ’10

Looking back on a very good year for kosher wine.
01/11/2011 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

When 2010 drew to a close, it ended what had been a remarkable decade for the kosher wine industry. In the past 10 years the quality and quantity of kosher wines around the world has expanded at a far more rapid pace than anyone would have predicted.

A good year for kosher wine

The Art Of The Meal

01/03/2011 - 19:00
Editorial Assistant

What is the perfect dish to enjoy while watching a film about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? It must be a pastry marrying a saffron- and rosewater-scented kataifi base (a Turkish delicacy) topped with a New York-style cheesecake.

Dessert and dialogue: A film of conflict will be the backdrop for a pastry uniting two cultures.

Making Winter Sparkle On A Budget

As we turn the page on 2010, it’s time for a Champagne cocktail.
12/20/2010 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Got the deep-freeze, wintertime blues as New Year’s approaches? Sun lamps can help you beat back the feeling. So can a weekend trip to a tropical locale. But personally, when the snow and ice has me feeling a bit glum, I find that a nice glass of Champagne always hits the spot.

Time for a Champagne cocktail.
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