One trend that’s on an uptick in the world of kosher wines released on the US market is “mevushal,” or “cooked,” wines. These are wines that have been thermally processed in accordance with religious strictures so as to inoculate the wine from being rendered not-kosher by the handling of non-Jew or a non-Sabbath observant Jew.
The Abarbanel Wine Company traces its family roots from the biblical King David to Don Isaac Abarbanel, the leader of Spanish Jewry at the time of the 1492 expulsion. Born in Lisbon, Don Isaac was a scholar, philosopher and prodigious author who also served as treasurer for the Portuguese King Alfonso V, and subsequently for the Spanish royal family. He lent large sums to the Spanish throne during their battles with the Moors, and their reluctance to repay him likely contributed to their decision to expel the Jews at the war’s end.
Selected line, already popular in Israel, hits U.S.
Food and Wine Editor
Carmel, the award-winning Israeli winery founded in 1882, has brought its popular line of Carmel Selected mevushal wines to the U.S. Already Israel’s biggest-selling brand, the line is available in three varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon; Sauvignon Blanc; and a Riesling/Chenin Blanc Blend. Priced at $10.99 and under, the bottles are also a budget-friendly offering.