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Thoughts on Best Kosher Wine?

Excluding some of the exorbitantly expensive (but usually very good) French wines such as Smith Haute Lafitte, Pontet Canet and Domaine Rose Camille or Herzog's To Kalon, some of the best red wines available in the US include the Yarden 2008 Katzrin, Rom and Elrom Cabernet Sauvignon, the Yatir Forest, Carmel Limited Edition, Binyamina Cave Old Vine Cabernet Sauvignon, Elle Valley, Vinetards Choice Cabernet Sauvignon, Gvaot Masada, Covenant Cabernet Sauvignon, Capcanes Peraj Ha'Abib, Flam Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Psagot Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. The Yarden Blanc de Blanc sparkling wine is awesome and well priced and there are dozens other well-worth recommending.

However, and as indicated here already, there are a tremendous number of awesome kosher wines these days across many price points (and varietals). Let me know some additional criteria (what type of food, do you prefer red to whites, Cab or Syrah or Cab franc, price per bottle, etc) and I can give you some more specific recommendations.

Dec 06, 2013
yossieh in Kosher

kosher restaurant jezebel to open in nyc

Its Rabbi Mehlman, not the OU (the meat may itself be OU hashgacha, but not the place)

Jul 11, 2012
yossieh in Kosher

kosher restaurant jezebel to open in nyc

There will be a larger menu but I doubt they are catering to non fish eating veterinarians - they are looking for people who take pleasure in food not run from it!

Jul 11, 2012
yossieh in Kosher

kosher restaurant jezebel to open in nyc

This link has a pdf of the menu: http://newyork.grubstreet.com/2012/07...

Jul 11, 2012
yossieh in Kosher

kosher restaurant jezebel to open in nyc

They are officially opening on Thursday

Jul 06, 2012
yossieh in Kosher

kosher restaurant jezebel to open in nyc

The vast majority of kosher wine produced today, especially from Israel, is not-Mevushal. However, outside of the two coasts, there is a very limited variety of kosher wine available which is mostly driven by the varied distributors and much of it tends to be mevushal. Additionally, you will only see mevushal wines in restaurants, just another reason that Jezebel will be an exciting addition to the NYC scene, enabling you for the first time in New York to have a quality kosher meal accompanied by top-notch kosher wine.

May 14, 2012
yossieh in Kosher

Kosher wine tasting recommendations?

For best prices and selection, I'd contact Skyview in Riverdale (who will ship countrywide) or Varietal in Manhassat who has the absolute best prices. That said, any serious retailer will match any published price, so it's worth asking around, especially for a relatively large order. My annual Pessach Buying Guide is coming out on Thursday but in the interim you can use last year's (http://www.yossiescorkboard.com/?page...) as a guide for some top notch suggestions. ping me if you have any specific questions and I'd be happy to help out.

Mar 13, 2012
yossieh in Kosher

Kosher Food and Wine Experience 2012

So KFWE was last night and, as always, I thought it was a great event - kudos to Gary J. and Royal for the hard work and all their efforts and wishing all the West Coast folks a tremendous event tomorrow - enjoy. My newsletter this week will hopefully have a more detailed description of the event and some of the wine tasting highlights but I wanted to give a brief rundown of the event and some of the wines, a number of which weren't listed on the posted wine list.

In a slight departure from past years, there was a early afternoon session for the trade from 12-4 which gave those attending the ability to chat with the varied winemakers in a much more intimate setting and have a more relaxed environment to do some serious tastings. At 4 they closed shop for people to recuperate and then reopened around 6 for an hour of press (although many of the press attended the earlier event including Alice Feiring and Howard Goldberg, both delightful individuals I was super-excited to meet, chat and taste wines with) before the event was opened to the general public at 7. Despite the throngs of attendees, for the bulk of the evening it wasn't crazy crowded and most of the wines/winery representatives were accessible to all.

There was a really long list of winemakers in attendance, all of whom are listed in the book including Assaf and Sasson from Binyamina, Yaakov Berg from Psagot, Yoram and his wife Ilana from Alexander, the entire Covenant team of Jeff, Jodie and Jonathon, Jürgen from Capcanes, Pierre from Netofa (and Royal's French Collection), Joe from Herzog, Irit and Ed from Barkan and other winery representatives including Adam from Carmel/Yatir, Dr. Moises from Elvi, Yossi Shor from 1848, Gilad Flam and Mayer from Shiloh. As every year and despite how exhausted many of them were, they all had time for any and all questions and seemed to enjoy discussing the wines (more early on than later :-)).

As far as wines, the list is endless (see my Thursday newsletter for more detail) but for me, some of the highlights included:

Castel, Rose, 2011 and Grand Vin, 2009
Shilo, Legend, 2009 and Mosiac, 2006
Elvi, Clos Mesorah, 2009 - Elvi's new flagship wine (a blend of Carignan, Grenache and Syrah) deserving of its status
Two amazing white wines from Bokobsa - Pouilly Fumé Maltaverne and a Sancerre Chavignol - crisp and incredible.
A mini-Capcanes vertical of the 2008-2010 vintages and the new 2010 La Flor
The 2005 Le Crock and Leoville - I-N-C-R-E-D-I-B-L-E
Binyamina LH Gewurz 2009 (I tasted and wrote about this before but was very happy to see it finally here)
Psagot Prat (port-style)
Laurent Perrier Brut (I enjoyed far more than the more expensive Rose)
The new Covenant wines, especially 2011 SB which, unlike the 2010, didn't do full Malo and was crisper w/ better acidity).
A surprise treat - the 2003 Covenant!
Yatir Forest 2007 - 'nuff said.
Flam, Reserve, Syrah, 2010

The food was great and I in my opinion has been a really successful addition, really enhancing the event and making it more inclusive. Way to much to taste (or list) everything but some favorites included the Po' Boys from Bistro 1310, BBQ Ox Tail from ETC Steakhouse, the crazy decadent Chocolate Mousse from Finchi, Corned Beef and Pastrami from Pomegranate, Smokehouse Brisket from Gemstone Catering, Jack's Chorizo, La Marais' Smoked Duck Breast and off course the incredible Espresso from Noi Due, Ribeye Tartare from Downtown Brooklyn and the Dunk Confit Meatball and Veal Shepard Pie from Silverleaf Caterers.

Very little complaints other than a few listed wines were no-shows (Valendraud, Segal Unfiltered, Psagot 2011 Chardonnay, Goose Bay 2011 Pinot Grigio). All in all - really well run, managed and enjoyable.

Enjoy tomorrow's event in LA and look forward to the reports!

Feb 14, 2012
yossieh in Kosher

Porto wine

I am pretty sure that Royal Wine Corporation (the largest importer of kosher wine into the United States) made the kosher run together with Taylor and bought the entire production with the intent to distribute it within the United States, where it is currently widely available (both the Ruby and LBV versions).

Sep 28, 2011
yossieh in Kosher

Porto wine

The only real kosher port from Douro is the Porto Cordevero, which is a joint effort between the highly regarded port house of Taylor Fladgate and Royal Wines, the largest kosher wine importer in the United States. They have two wines, both delicious - a Ruby Port and a Late Bottled Vintage. Both are pretty widely available, at least in the New York area. Which wine exactly are you looking for?

Yossie
www.yossiescorkboard.com

Sep 26, 2011
yossieh in Kosher

Spectacular and unusual wines for the seder

Part I of my annual Pesach Kosher Wine Guide is out and can be viewed here: http://goo.gl/Qh3tx. Part I has wines under $16 and between $16-30. Next week's Part II will have $30-50 and Moshiach Wines (creme de la creme). You can sign up for the free newsletter here (http://goo.gl/28nmP) and will receive the guide via email on Thursday.

Yossie Horwitz
www.yossiescorkboard.com

Mar 29, 2011
yossieh in Kosher

Spectacular and unusual wines for the seder

There are some great kosher wines out there, including some newly released ones. Some great and hard to find wines are those form Four Gates or Brobdignagian. Also recommended are anything from Yatir and the newly released Cabenret Sauvignon from the Yonatan Vineyard by the Golan Heights Winery in their Yarden series.

Every year before Pessach I write a few newsletters with scads of recommendations for Seder wines and my first one should be distributed in a week or so. You can sign-up at www.yossiescorkboard.com or see last years recommendations at http://goo.gl/uLV5e.

Yossie Horwitz
www.yossiescorkboard.com

Mar 06, 2011
yossieh in Kosher

re: kosher Prosecco--where can you find it in the Boston area?

Skip the Bartenura which is overly sweet and fruity and try the Borgo Reale which is much truer to the type. Not sure where to find it in Boston (I live in NYC) but its available online at kosherwine.com: http://www.kosherwine.com/cgi-bin/Pro...

Jan 06, 2011
yossieh in Kosher

Kosher in Paris deliberation

Thanks - so Andre on 6 rue des rosiers is Closed?

Oct 26, 2009
yossieh in France

Kosher in Paris deliberation

Thanks - haven't nailed down where we are staying yet. Any thoughts on any of the restaurants?

Much appreciated,
Yossie

Oct 19, 2009
yossieh in Kosher

Kosher in Paris deliberation

Thanks - the cut and paste seems to have gotten jumbled its hard to tell which name belongs to which address and phone number. Any chance you could please report?

Oct 19, 2009
yossieh in France

Kosher in Paris deliberation

I posted on the kosher section as well. Places must be kosher. i'm assumming there are two Le Chateaubriand as the one I'm referrin to is strictly kosher and doesn't have shellfish.

Oct 18, 2009
yossieh in France

Kosher in Paris deliberation

I will be in Paris for 2 days the first week of November and am trying to whittle down my dinner/lunch choices. I am currently deliberating between these four for dinner (although I think I am going to Osmose for one dinner): Le Chateaubriande; Brasserie de Belvedere; Jaguar and Osmose. Anyone been to any of these recently. Any specific suggestions/recommendations?

I am also looking for a good kosher grocer that will have a nice selection of bread, cheese, wine and other picnic type food.

Thanks,
Yossie

Oct 17, 2009
yossieh in Kosher

Kosher in Paris deliberation

I will be in Paris for 2 days the first week of November and am trying to whittle down my dinner/lunch choices. I am currently deliberating between these four for dinner (although I think I am going to Osmose for one dinner): Le Chateaubriande; Brasserie de Belvedere; Jaguar and Osmose. Anyone been to any of these recently. Any specific suggestions/recommendations?

I am also looking for a good kosher grocer that will have a nice selection of bread, cheese, wine and other picnic type food.

Thanks,
Yossie

Oct 16, 2009
yossieh in France