Fruit of the Vine

Wines For An Early New Year

Top picks to serve during a summery Rosh HaShanah.

08/27/2013
Special To The Jewish Week
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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.

Teal Lake Reserve Shiraz offers a full-bodied red wine at a moderate price.

A Liquid New Year

Twelve new wines for 5773.

09/06/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

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

A few of the best of this year’s vintages.

Carignan: A Grape From Israel’s Past And Future

07/25/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

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. 

Binyamina¹s Reserve Carignan 2009.

Springtime Is Party Time

Turn your next soiree into a wine-tasting party.

05/08/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

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:

Wine-tasting parties are a seasonal pleasure.

Springtime Is Party Time

Turn your next soiree into a wine-tasting party.

04/17/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

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:

Wine-tasting parties are becoming a very popular activity for wine lovers of all sorts, novices and experts alike.

American Independents

Kosher wines from some of the country’s smallest producers.

03/06/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

“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.”

A 2010 Riesling from Virginia's Molon Lave Vineyards.

A Good Budget Red For Springtime

Reach down under for an Australian Shiraz.

02/14/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

When most Americans think of wines made from the classic black grape generally known as Syrah in the Old World and Shiraz in the New, they think of the robust red Shirazes from Australia. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Australian Shiraz was one of the most popular imported wines in America. While in the last six or seven years its popularity has been waning, according to USDA import statistics, America still imports more than nine million cases of red wine from Australia each year (down from a peak of nearly 13 million cases in 2005).

K:Kosher Shiraz is made by a winery in western Australia.

Ten For ‘11

An American year in kosher wine.

01/17/2012

From the arrival of distinctive Californian Syrahs to the opening of wineries in such unlikely places as Oregon and Virginia, 2011 was a good year for American kosher wine. If the year bore any surprises, as I looked back over my tasting notes, it was the realization that many of the best wines were domestic. Indeed, nine of the wines on my personal top10 list were made in the United States

Herzog’s Cabernet Sauvignon, left, and Yarden’s Merlot are near the top of kosher wines produced in 2011.

Seeing Red — Zinfandel, That is

A legacy of the California gold rush, and a great autumn wine.

11/08/2011
Special To The Jewish Week

Every nation has certain foods and drinks that are so integral to its society that they become part of the very fabric of that nation’s history. In America, we have many such foods and drinks — hamburgers, hot dogs, pizza, barbeque ribs, martinis, and Zinfandel wines. 

Baron Herzog’s Lodi features aromas of cherries, raspberries and cranberries.

New Wines For The New Year

09/20/2011
Special To The Jewish Week

The lead-up to Passover and Rosh HaShanah are the two times each year when kosher wine producers try to bring their new wines to the market. This fall, no doubt in part because of the continuing bad economy, and weak dollar, there are fewer new wines on the market than usual. However, many of the wines that are being released look intriguing.

New Wines For The New Year
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