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I can’t tell you how often I am asked by my non-Jewish friends for recommendations of wines I use when I drink, add them to recipes and give them as gifts.
Apparently, I am not the only person asked. And, I am not amazed how many awards kosher wines win. I attend many red carpet events where kosher wines and spirits are featured at the gathering. Is it any surprise to see large billboards of popular kosher wines by major airports, highways and in some of the busiest areas where clothing designers, beauty products and celebrity advertisements are intended to grab worldwide recognition.
Twice a year, new kosher wines are introduced, before Rosh Hashanah and Passover.
Five of the best are featured here. But your holiday gifts now, even those who celebrate Christmas. Plus, support products from Israel. Israeli wineries, because they are acknowledged as formidable competitors, are some of the most targeted by the Jew haters and BDS supporters. Help Israeli wineries thrive! Their success is the success of Israel!
Yatir, one of Israel’s most highly-acclaimed wineries, introduces its celebrated Yatir Creek 2016 and Yatir Mount Amasa White 2017 to the U.S. market.
The winery was founded less than 20 years ago but has emerged as one of Israel’s best. Using state-of the-art technology, the winery releases about 150,000 bottles a year. The boutique winery works only with select vineyards that showcase the unique terroirs of Israel’s Yatir Forest in the southern tip of the Judean Hills. Yatir’s award-winning wines consistently earn high critical praise on the international stage – including scores of 90 points or higher for the past nine seasons from Wine Advocate.
Yatir Winery continues to intensify the innovation trend with the aim of extracting the finest wine from the vineyard, by planting new varieties, moving from small barrels to wood and concrete containers, creating new blends (all mixes) with the aim of creating and bringing the winery’s unique terroir into special and unique wines.
“We are proud to be planting in vineyards from an ancient region, where wine presses existed more than 3,000 years ago and today make the best wines from Yatir’s special region,” says Yaakov Ben Dor, Yatir Winery’s general manager.
“Although Israel’s winemaking tradition is ancient, the current industry is still young. Israel has been widely recognized as capable of producing world-class wines, and growth is happening fast. We are so pleased to unveil to the USA, the exciting diversity of the region, as well as its worthiness of inclusion in the lexicon of New World wines,” says Etti Edri, Yatir’s export manager.
Also notable are wines from Netofa Winery, which recently made a major comeback to the United States. This estate boutique winery in the Lower Galilee prides itself on growing grape varieties well-suited to the local limestone-rich soil and Mediterranean climate. Its wines are praised by consumers and critics alike. “Netofa demonstrates that wines from a hot climate like Israel’s can be complex, full of character, well-structured, and easy to drink at the same time,” says Gabriel Geller, Director of PR and Wine Education Manager for Royal Wine, He describes the Netofa Tel Qasser White 2017 as “a remarkable expression of Roussanne” and the Netofa Dor 2016 as “an astonishing take on Tempranillo.”
Geller notes new wines from other countries are featured for the Jewish New Year palate.
Exciting news on the Bordeaux front, as Château Guiraud is expected to release a 2017 kosher cuvée by the end of the year. This premier Classé Sauternes had not made kosher wine since 2001. Château Gazin Rocquencourt will also release the second kosher vintage of its award-winning red wine. Equally exciting is the release of Gazin Rocquencourt Blanc 2018, made from 100% Sauvignon Blanc.
Whether we’re talking about new sparkling wines, Herzog Lineage Momentus, an elegant, refined, off-dry white sparkling wine or the festive and semi-sweet Jeunesse Belle Rouge from Herzog wines from California, Terra di Seta wines from Tuscany, Elvi wines from Spainit’s clear that today’s kosher wines can compete with any other top-rated label. Quality is everything. Drinking kosher wine is no longer a compromise in quality or just for Jews.
Cindy Grosz is a Jewish activist who promotes projects, products and awareness to everything Israel and of international Jewish concern. She represents celebrity spokespeople who speak up for and about Israel. She is also a contributor and Co-host on The Jersey Joe Show 710AM WOR, Sunday nights at 7 EST, or available anytime, anywhere through iHeart Radio.