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Top Red Wines under $25

03/02/2011 - 19:00

1. (tie) Teperberg Meritage 2009 -  $20.00

1. (tie) Borgo Reale Chianti 2007 -  $15.00

2. (tie) Tabor Adama Volcanic Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 -  $17.00

2. (tie) Bartenura Chianti Ovadia Estates 2009 -  $14.99

2. (tie) Weinstock Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 -  $20.00

2. (tie) Chateau De Parsac 2009 -  $24.99

4. (tie) Carmel Wines Carignan Appellation 2007 -  $24.99

4. (tie) Binyamina Yogev Cabernet-Petit Verdot 2009 -  $13.99

4. (tie) Weinstock Cellar Zinfandel 2006 -  $19.99

Top White Wines under $18

03/02/2011 - 19:00

1. Yarden Chardonnay   2008 -   $17.00

2. Dalton Reserve Viognier   2009 -  $14.99

3. Gamla White Riesling   2009 -  $14.99

4. Hagafen Sauvignon Blanc   2010 -  $17.49

5. Galil Chardonnay   2008 -  $13.99

6. Psagot Chardonnay *Shiner   2010 -  $17.95

7. Joseph River Chardonnay   2009 -  $10.99

8. Rashi Moscato Dasti Rashi   2010 -  $12.99

9. (tie) Gamla Sauvignon Blanc   2009 -  $14.99

Grape Expectations

The long journey of the Herzogs, the family behind the Royal Wine Corp.
Special To The Jewish Week
03/02/2011 - 19:00

From old world to new; from yeshiva to board room; from amassing great wealth to losing it all to earning it back: For more than 250 years, back to the days when Mozart was composing, the Herzog family — the largest player in the kosher wine industry today — has traveled great distances and bridged gaping contradictions.
But the journey it is now in the midst of — moving the kosher wine consumer to dry wines — may be the family’s toughest one yet.

Phillip “Baron” Herzog, left, and Rabbi  Yonah  Tzvi “Eugene” Herzog, who arrived in New York in 1948.

Let The Spirits Move You

Take a break from Passover wine with spirits and cocktails.
Special To The Jewish Week
03/02/2011 - 19:00

When it comes to drinking on Passover, wine is obviously the primary beverage. Not only does one drink four glasses of wine at each seder, but by the time the festival is over there will be eight other Shabbat or Yom Tov meals, with Kiddush (and wine) as a part of each of them. That’s a lot of wine.

Passover Pairings From Some Top Chefs

Dine and drink well on the Festival of Freedom, with a little help from some elite cooks.
Special To The Jewish Week
03/02/2011 - 19:00

In the traditional Jewish liturgy, Passover is referred to as the “Festival of Matzah, the time of our freedom.” While the holiday may be about freedom, at times it can feel like it’s only about matzah, and its dietary restrictions can certainly make one feel anything but free.

In truth, however, with the growth of the Passover food industry, it is easier than ever to dine well during Passover. To help prove this point we have asked three well-known kosher chefs to provide us with a Passover-friendly recipe and recommend a wine to accompany it.

Jeff Nathan  of Abigael’s.

New Offerings From Hajdu And Weiss

03/02/2011 - 19:00

Brobdingnagian will shortly be releasing two new wines.

Brobdingnagian’s 2009 Sonoma County Syrah is a fruit-forward, full-bodied, dark garnet-colored wine, with a nose of cherries and black pepper, and whiffs of cedar, figs and espresso. Look for flavors of bing cherries, black pepper and allspice, with a note of crème de framboise. Ready to drink now, this powerful syrah should be able to cellar until 2014. Score A-

The Young Turks Of Kosher Wine

Jonathan Hajdu and the Weiss Brothers are garagistes to watch.
Special To The Jewish Week
03/02/2011 - 19:00

At one time the two-word phrase “kosher wine” was synonymous with the sweet, sacramental wines that were found in Jewish homes everywhere. Then in the late 1970s, a handful of wineries in Israel, Europe and California started producing minute quantities of quality kosher table wines, and so began the kosher wine revolution.

Today that revolution is still going strong, and the number and quality of kosher wines continue to rise. In the last decade alone, more than 200 kosher wine producers have opened all over the world, from Cyprus to Soho.

The Weiss Brothers, Shimon, left, and Gabriel, of the Shirah Wine Company.

Journal Watch

02/21/2011 - 19:00

What is a “book”? Is a book merely a device for framing the travels of a text in material form from author to reader?

Recovered Memories

A new stream of Jewish memoirs seeks to recreate lost worlds.
02/21/2011 - 19:00

Asked to name a significant or best-selling Jewish memoir, chances are good that you’d come up with an author like Elie Wiesel, Primo Levi or Victor Frankl. Books by all three show up in a list of Amazon’s best-selling Jewish memoirs. Not incidentally, all three write about the same subject — the Holocaust — which makes sense when you consider that, after the Torah, the most widely read Jewish book in the world is probably Anne Frank’s “Diary of A Young Girl.”

LESLIE NOBLER FARBER, Tale of One City, 	2010, artist’s book.

The E-Book Revolution, And What It Means

Will Jewish readers—and Jewish culture generally—be transformed by the coming digital reading revolution?
02/21/2011 - 19:00

 If Jews have become almost synonymous with books — “the People of the Book” moniker is not for nothing — then the looming demise of the printed book might raise alarm bells. After all, if Jewish books were to disappear, or even be fundamentally transformed, wouldn’t you expect Jewish culture to change along with it?

School library supported by JDC. Warsaw, 	Poland, late 1920’s – early 1930’s.
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