Tasting notes from the JW's oenophile, Gamliel Kronemer.

Heimishe Holiday Wines

Pairings for starchy delights as well as fruity fall desserts.

08/19/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Reims and Bialystok would seemingly have little in common: one is a cathedral town in Burgundy, the other an industrial city in northeast Poland. Yet the sparkling wine of the one — Champagne — seems to be made to go with the starchy, fatty, “hemishe” foods of the other. So when searching for the right wine to serve with kasha varnishkes, potato kugel or a schmaltzy potato knish, look no further than the sparkling wine section of your local wine shop. 

Conversation at Shabubbe ranged from Israel and Judaism to ’80’s pop music. Cait Oppermann

Fairway And The KOF-K

Prepared holiday meals available at all 13 Fairways this year.
08/14/2013 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Fairway Market, the grocery store giant known for kosher products like European house-brand olive oil, is making its prepared holiday meals available in many more of its stores this year – all 13 of them.

Customers at the Upper West Side store will be able to buy prepared kosher holiday meals this year. Photo courtesy Fairway

Sipping As You Sizzle

Choosing wines to serve with your next grilled meal.
07/22/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

‘Grilling,” opined James Beard, one of the fathers of modern American cookery, “is one of the major culinary arts, and certainly one that has become a way of life in this country.” 

Flam Blanc and Capçanes’ rosé: Perfect complements to a summer grill.

July 4: Cheers Beyond Beers

On Independence Day consider these premium rye whiskies.
06/30/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Most Americans celebrate Independence Day with barbecues, picnics, fireworks, hanging out at the beach, or just vegging in front of the television. All of these activities reflect our national pride to an extent, but above all, there’s one aspect of 4th of July celebrations that our nation’s ancestors would find most quintessentially American.

The booze.

Our revolutionary ancestors were all about their rye whisky. Fotolia

The Genever Julep

Around Derby Day, swap bourbon for an old-fashioned gin.
06/17/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Early last month, on the Friday before the Kentucky Derby, I found myself in my corner market looking for fresh mint, and not finding any. When I asked the grocer, he just shook his head and said “Juleps.” 

For summer refresh-mint: Try a julep with Dutch gin.

Jewish Flavor Enters The Whiskey Market

A new members-only whiskey community, Single Cask Nation, is trending with the Jewish community.
06/04/2013 - 20:00
Food & Wine Editor

In 2010 Joshua Hatton attended New York’s Whiskyfest and noticed that in a crowd of about 3,500 people, over a third of them were Jewish. In that moment, he came up with the idea of catering to Jewish whiskey enthusiasts.

“There’s more kippot than there are kilts at these events,” Hatton said. “It seemed like the smart thing to do.”

The result of that brainstorm: the Jewish Whisky Company, an independent bottling company that adheres to the laws of kashrut, and Single Cask Nation, its members-only club. The company is just about to deliver its second release of high-quality single cask whiskies to its members.

Single Cask Nation's first annual Whisky Jewbilee last October. Photo courtesy Jason Johnstone-Yellin

Riesling To Greater Heights

Kosher Rieslings are underrated, but they just keep getting better.
05/06/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

From the mid-1980s to the early-2000s, White Riesling (often known back then as Johannisberg Riesling) was one of the most popular kosher white wine varieties. And for good reason — the grape produces crisp, fruity, refreshing wines that make for particularly good spring and summertime sipping.

Carmel's White Riesling, from the Upper Galilee, has a satiny-smooth consistency. Fotolia

Your New Four Cups

Passover wines that will elevate your seder and your spirits.
03/04/2013 - 19:00
Food & Wine Editor

Passover is coming up. Joy of Kosher brings you Gary Landsman's list of the best kosher wines for every price. Follow these suggestions and the guests at your Passover Seder will thank you, and you may even impress Elijah.

Better than Manischewitz. Fotolia

A Corking Good Year

The best kosher wines of 2012 include a Cabernet Sauvignon, a Petite Sirah and an Amarolo.
01/14/2013 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Looking back over the wines I tasted in 2012, I was struck by how many truly excellent kosher wines are now on the market. In most years I am only able to give one or two wines a score of “A” (excellent), and in 2012 I gave that grade to six wines.

Two for ’12: Herzog’s Cabernet Sauvignon and Alexander the Great’s Amarolo.

Supple, Sophisticated Sipping

An autumnal taste for Californian Sauvignon Blanc.
10/22/2012 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

For many a wine drinker, one’s choice is as often dictated by the season as by any other factor. I know this is true for me; while I may love dry rosés, for instance, I am unlikely to drink them any time but during the summer. Likewise, I’m unlikely to drink a full-bodied Port — a favorite wintertime tipple — anytime from May through September.

However there are some wines, like Sauvignon Blanc, that just seem right any time of the year.

Covenant Wines’ “Red C” Sauvignon Blanc.
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