Kosher Wine Guides

The French Fight Back

While Israeli wines may dominate the kosher market, French wines are starting to make a comeback.

Special To The Jewish Week
03/02/2015 - 19:00

Almost 20 years ago, in the summer of 1995, I walked out of a liquor store with an $11 purchase that was going to change my life.  It was a bottle of Georges Duboeuf’s 1994 kosher Beaujolais Villages (the only French kosher vintage ever exported to the U.S.), and it was a perfect entry-level red. It was the wine that convinced me that there was more to kosher wine than Cream Concord, and it was French.

The Tastemakers

Meet the judges whose discerning palates pick The Jewish Week’s Top 18 Kosher Wines Competition.

03/02/2015 - 19:00

Herman Allenson

The Shmittah Effect

What impact does the biblically mandated sabbatical year have on Israel’s wine industry?

Special To The Jewish Week
03/02/2015 - 19:00

When it comes to Israeli kosher wine, there is one major issue that springs forth every seven years: shmittah (from the Hebrew root word meaning “to let go” or “release”).

A vineyard in the Golan. The Israeli government subsidizes growers who fully observe shmittah laws.  Wikimedia Commons
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