Fruit Of The Vine

08/27/2013 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Fruit of the Vine

For the first time in decades, Rosh HaShanah falls during the very early days of September, and in New York, that usually means we’re in for a hot and humid holiday. When it comes to choosing wines to serve on that first night of the New Year, the wine lover will likely find himself in a quandary: On the one hand, traditional dishes such as brisket and tongue call for full-bodied red wines; on the other hand, a glass or two of a really big wine can make the summer heat seem even more oppressive. The trick is to find wines with enough body to stand up to traditional fare, but not so much body as to make the weather seem overbearing.

09/06/2012 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Fruit of the Vine

As with the run-up to Passover, the weeks before Rosh HaShanah are some of the busiest for those in the kosher wine trade.

07/25/2012 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Fruit of the Vine

Viticulture has a long history in the land of Israel, dating back to antiquity. However, after the Muslim conquests of seventh century, and particularly after the Ottoman conquest of 1516, winemaking became a largely forbidden activity in Israel, and most vintners were only allowed to grow grapes destined for the table, not the bottle. 

05/08/2012 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Fruit of the Vine

For me, spring weather calls for two of my favorite things — parties and wine. While I almost always serve wine at my parties, occasionally I like to make wine the focus of a party.

While once viewed as an esoteric activity for only hardcore wine aficionados, wine-tasting parties are becoming a very popular activity for wine lovers of all sorts, novices and experts alike. So for this month’s Fruit of the Vine we share some tips and advice for hosting your next (or first) such party. 

The venue:

04/17/2012 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Fruit of the Vine

For me, spring weather calls for two of my favorite things — parties and wine. While I almost always serve wine at my parties, occasionally I like to make wine the focus of a party, by hosting a wine-tasting party.

While once viewed as an esoteric activity for only hardcore wine aficionados, wine-tasting parties are becoming a very popular activity for wine lovers of all sorts, novices and experts alike. So for this month’s Fruit of the Vine we share some tips and advice for hosting your next (or first) such party. 

The venue:

03/06/2012 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Fruit of the Vine

“What is your favorite sort of wine?” As a wine writer I’m asked this question frequently — and I’m always flustered when I try to find an answer. It’s so hard to choose one variety of grape or wine production style, out of such a broad world of choices; and different sorts of wines go with different meals, different activities and different moods. Yet, surprisingly, no one has ever asked me the corresponding question, “What is your favorite sort of winery?” For that, I have an easy, one word answer: “small.”