Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Non-Reviewing Post: Kosher Wine!

Non-Reviewing Post: Kosher Wine!

Dear Readers,

With Rosh Hashana just around the corner, I noticed that I've been neglecting the category of Kosher wines in my reviews. I have told you about a few (a so-so Malbec and a fantastic sparkling), but there is a whole world of Kosher wine out there. I've collected seven that I'll be telling you about in coming weeks.

Wines to come!

So, what makes a wine Kosher? The requirements include, but are not limited to:

  • After the harvest all grapes and wine making materials must be handled only by observant male Orthodox Jews. 
  • All products used in the winemaking must be Kosher. This means that no non-Kosher animal fining agents, like gelatin or milk byproducts, may be used. Egg whites are okay!
  • Production must take place on equipment used only for Kosher wine making and be under the supervision of a Rabbi. 
Taking it one step further, a wine may also be classified as Mevushal -- literally translated as "boiled wine". This flash pasteurization allows for the wine to be handed by non-Jews (or nonobservant Jews like me) and still remain Kosher after opening. Generally speaking, boiling your wine is not going to help it taste great or age well. Lucky for us, pasteurization technology has greatly improved and become more gentle. 

Kosher wine can be made out of any grape, at any sweetness level. There's no requirement for it be that super sweet "kiddush" (sacramental) wine that may come to mind. The world of Kosher wine includes some pretty solid table wines. I can't wait to explore! While I keep you in suspense, I will leave you with my mini review of Manischewitz Concord wine!


Manischewitz Concord Grape
Canandaigua, New York

Review: This wine is quite simple. It is sweet and grapey, with a solid foxy note. It lacks acidity that would give the wine some brightness, so it's pretty flat.

Food Pairing: communion wafer? 

Bottom Line: Sweet. And flat. 

Wine Geekery:
  • VINTAGE: Non-Vintage
  • PLACE: Canandaigua, New York
  • GRAPE: Concord Grape
  • BOOZE: 11% 
  • manischewitz.com
Where did I get it? Harris Teeter
What's the damage? Low Price

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