Kosher Wine Guides

Choosing Your Cups Wisely

A few guidelines for selecting wines for the seder.

Special To The Jewish Week

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

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.

Women Of The Vineyards

In a mostly male-dominated profession, meet two female Israeli winemakers.

Special To The Jewish Week

One of the nicest perks to being a wine writer is having the chance to sit down with a winemaker and share a glass or two of his product. Since staring to write about wine for The Jewish Week, seven years ago, I’ve had the opportunity to taste wines with a few dozen kosher winemakers, all of whom had two things in common: a passion for wine, and a Y chromosome.

Above: Irit Boxer-Shank of the Barkan Winery, one of Israel’s youngest winemakers, says she hasn’t faced any gender issues.

The English Voice Of Israeli Wine

With oenophilia running in his famous family, Adam Montefiore has quickly become the unofficial spokesman for Israel’s wine industry. Just don’t ask him to grade a bottle.

Special To The Jewish Week

Some years ago, on a rather wet and dreary November day, I found myself at 6:30 a.m. in Tel Aviv’s Central Railway Station. I was there to meet Daniel Rogov, the late wine critic for the Israeli daily newspaper, Haaretz, whose popular Internet forum and annually published book, “Rogov’s Guide to Israeli Wines,” made him the world’s best-known writer on Israeli wines.

In a glass by himself: From London’s largest brewery to Israel’s wine giant Carmel, the journey of Adam Montefiore.

Kosher Wine Guide 2011

Looking for great wines for the Passover seder? The best kosher wines sorted by price? The best from Israel? You'll find all that and more in The Jewish Week's lists of Top 18 kosher wines.


The 2nd annual Jewish Week Kosher Wine Guide includes articles on how to pick the right wines for your seder and profiles of two up-and-coming kosher garagistes — and how these young winemakers are contributing to the “wine revolution.”

Also featured will be a look at the Herzogs, the first family of kosher wine.

Kosher Wine Guide 2011

Top Israeli Wines


1. Psagot Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon  2009 -  $45.00  

2. Yatir 'Forest'  2007 -  $79.99

3. Carmel Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Kayoumi 2005 -  $39.99

4. Domaine Du Castel Petit Castel 2007 -  $45.00

5. Carmel Wines Gewurztraminer LH Shaal 2006 -  $18.30

6. (tie)  Yatir Cabernet Sauvignon  2006 -  $50.00    

6. (tie) Shiloh Cabernet Sauvignon  Reserve 2007 -  $40.00

6. (tie) Binyamina  Cave  2006 -  $70.00

Top Wines $50 & over


1. Yatir Forest  2007 -  $64.99

2. Capçanes Peraj Ha'abib  2008 -  $60.00                      

3. Binyamina 'Cave' 2006-  $70.00

4. (tie) Alexander the Great Cabernet Sauvignon  2006 -  $69.00                                            

4. (tie) Prix Reserve Red Melange 2005 -  $96.99

Top Red Wines


1. Psagot Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon  2009 -  $45.00          

2. Yatir Forest Cabernet 2007 -  $79.99

3. Covenant Cabernet Sauvignon Red C  2008 -  $40.00                

4. Carmel Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Kayoumi 2005 -  $39.99                       

Top White Wines


1. Carmel Wines Gewurztraminer LH Shaal 2006 -  $25.99

2. Domaine Du Castel C Blanc Du Castel 2007 -  $44.99

3. Yarden Chardonnay 2008 -  $17.00

4. (tie) Dalton Reserve Viognier 2009 -  $14.99

4. (tie) Prix Reserve White Riesling 2007 -  $35.99

5. Gamla White Riesling 2009 -  $14.99

6. (tie) Hagafen Sauvignon Blanc 2010 -  $17.49

6. (tie) Hagafen White Riesling 2010 -  $24.99

7. Galil Chardonnay 2008 -  $13.99

8. (tie) Psagot Chardonnay *Shiner 2010 -  $17.95

Top Red Wines $25 and over


1. Psagot Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon  2009 -  $45.00

2. Yatir 'Forest'  2007 - $79.99

3. Covenant Cabernet Sauvignon Red C  2008 -  $40.00                  

4. Carmel Wines Cabernet Sauvignon, Kayoumi  2005 -  $39.99

5. (tie) Capçanes Peraj Ha'abib 2008 - $60.00

5. (tie) Domaine du Castel Petit Castel 2007 - $45.00

6. (tie) Yatir Cabernet Sauvignon  2006 -  $50.00

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