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The Galloping Gaul Of Kosher Wine; The Wine From A Little Town Called Hope; From Tuscany With Body; Kosher Wine Down Under And Out West

03/14/2014
Kosher Wine Guide March 2014

Kosher Wine’s Southern Exposure

A look at what’s being produced down under in Australia and New Zealand.

Special To The Jewish Week
03/17/2014

Australia has a huge wine industry, producing wines that range from simple plonk to superb quality, yet it boasts only a handful of kosher wine producers. Similarly, New Zealand, though a very much smaller industry, has a fabulous global reputation for quality Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc, but only two kosher wine producers. Like its non-kosher counterpart, the kosher wine industry “down under” offers everything from simple, yet pleasing entry-level quaffers to excellent wines, full of character.

Beckett’s Flat boutique winery in Western Australia. Courtesy of Beckett’s Flat

America’s Kosher Wine Scene

Kosher wine importers discuss the trends — what’s selling, at what price, and what’s on the horizon.

02/28/2013

Kosher wine in America is a multimillion-dollar business (upwards of $28 million, according to estimates made several years ago), and every year brings changes — new wines, new vintages, new varietals, new regions, and sometimes new producers. Keeping track of what’s hot and what’s not can be confusing. To try and make the topic more digestible, we reached out to a cross-section of kosher wine importers, those responsible for bringing many of the kosher wines to the consumer.

Marketing Israeli Wine To The American Masses

The newly formed Israeli Wine Producer’s Association is trying to do just that.

Special To The Jewish Week
02/28/2013

Not long ago, kosher wine sales in America were dominated by wines from California, New York and France, but in the last decade wines from Israel have become dominant in the kosher wine sector. Walk into almost any wine shop with a kosher section, and you will likely see a selection of mostly Israeli wines. Indeed, for many consumers, “Israeli wine” has become synonymous with “kosher wine” — and Joshua Greenstein wants to change that.

Joshua Greenstein

Passover Advice From The Morgans

The husband-and-wife team of writers and vintners share some tips, and some recipes.

Special To The Jewish Week
02/28/2013

Kosher wine aficionados are probably familiar with the name Jeff Morgan. He started what has become the most successful kosher winery to open in California in the last decade: Covenant Wines. Covenant produces critically acclaimed, top-shelf wines from Napa Valley, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Russian River Chardonnay, and Dry Creek Valley Sauvignon Blanc. 

However, many fans of Covenant Wines may not be aware that Jeff, in collaboration with his wife, Jodie, has written seven cookbooks. 

Jeff Morgan in his Covenant Wines vineyards in Napa Valley, CA. Photo courtesy Covenant Wines.

Kosher Wine Guide 2013

The top 18 kosher white, red and Israeli wines; the American kosher wine scene and much more.

02/26/2013
Kosher Wine Guide March 2013

The Artisan’s Touch

Boutique spirits for the Passover table.

Special To The Jewish Week
03/01/2012

When it comes to imbibing on Passover, wine is, of course, going to be the primary beverage. Not only do we drink four glasses of wine at each seder, but by the time the festival is over we’ll have six other yom tov meals, with Kiddush (and wine). That’s a lot of wine.

Tips From The Kitchen At Pardes

One of New York’s hottest kosher chefs shares Passover recipes and wisdom.

Special To The Jewish Week
03/01/2012

First it was Levana and Abigail’s. Then Joey Allaham’s two restaurants, Prime Grill and Solo, became the high-end “it” restaurants where kosher gourmets had to dine in Manhattan. A few years ago, Basil broke the mold by attracting both blacks and Jews — in Crown Heights, of all places — for its cool wood-oven pizza and tuna tartare.

Now, the restaurant kosher foodies are raving about is chef/owner Moshe Wendel’s Downtown Brooklyn bistro, Pardes, known for its French provincial fare. 

Pardes’ chef/owner Moshe Wendel at work: From France to downtown Brooklyn. MICHAEL DATIKASH

Choosing Your Cups Wisely

A few guidelines for selecting wines for the seder.

Special To The Jewish Week
03/01/2012

In the traditional Jewish liturgy, Passover is referred to as the “Festival of Matzah, the time of our freedom.” And during the seder, that ceremonial celebration of the Jewish people’s freedom, no single food is more symbolic of freedom than the four glasses of wine that are imbibed. While matzah is the “bread of affliction,” wine is the drink of free men.

This Year In … The Bottle

Trends toward varietals and Israel’s ancient roots mark new wine offerings for Passover.

Special To The Jewish Week
03/01/2012

What Black Friday and Cyber Monday are to retailers, Passover is to the kosher wine industry. It is the make-or-break season, and the time to roll out exciting new products. In the plethora of new offerings, we spotted something of a trend this year: the emergence of new grape varietal wines.

Three of the new vintages for this year’s season.
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