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Kosher Wines at Trader Joe's

The Prosecco is always a good bet - not too sweet and solid. The 2012 Malbec is not what it used to be - showing far more floral and earthy notes, and far less complexity than previously. The new boy on the block - the 2012 Tempranillo from Spain is a SURE FIRE winner. Drink it now. It is solid and very enjoyable. The new 2012 Cab is OK, but not as good as the Tempranillo and the tannins on the Tempranillo really add weight and the acidity makes it work really well for rich pastas and even BBQ.

Aug 12, 2013
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Does Kosher wine without sulfates exist?

In the end, there are few to none real kosher no sulfite added wines out there. The best bets:

1) Four Gates Wine - every so often he makes a run or two of non-sulfite added wines for our local area Rabbi here in San Jose, no promises and this is NOT a line he makes for the consumers, but call him (

2) Harkham Aziza Shiraz. This has almost ZERO sulfite added and is the closest thing to a consumer made (and drinkable) sulfite free wine. Imported by VS Imports out of NJ:

Best Wishes!

Apr 05, 2013
Kosher Wine Musings in Kosher

Kosher Wines at Trader Joe's

Those guys are hilarious! A bit too crazy for me - but funny. Indeed the wine may be inexpensive - but it is not cheap wine at all. Finally, if you MUST buy an expensive wine - stick with Dalton, Recanati, Teperberg Terra or reserve and Netofa. If you want America, most of the Weinstock cellar select are nice. In France - ONLY buy Vignobles David Le Mourre de L’Isle Cotes du Rhone and Cotes du Rhone Villages Reserve. For Australia - skip. For New Zealand go with 2011 or 2012 vinatges ONLY of Goose Bay (skip Pinot Noir).

Mar 12, 2013
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Kosher Wines at Trader Joe's

The Herzog Cab or Merlot or Zinfandel that is sold at TJ is far less enjoyable than the Terrenal Cab - when available. IMHO.

Mar 12, 2013
Kosher Wine Musings in Kosher

Kosher Wines at Trader Joe's

I am not allowed to put my blog on CHOW - but on my blog kosherwinemusings I have rated and tasted all the Trader Joe kosher wines.

Sara Bee - nice kosher moscato - B++
Terrenal Malbec has fallen hard recently - bummer
Terrenal Cab is nice (NOT MEVUSHAL) as it is from Spain
Terrenal Terrenal (also not mevushal) is not as fun
Banero Prosecco - is great for where it is available
2011 Terrenal Chardonnay - a great mevushal unoaked Chardonnay!

Do mini bottles of wine exist?

I think you mean 375 mL bottles. I have never seen 187 mL bottles out there for non-sweet wines. They do sell 187 mL bottles for sweet dessert wines, but they are rare.


Feb 19, 2012
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Kosher Food and Wine Experience 2012

The trade is earlier, but they still sold out a\all the public tickets - MEANING get there EARLY, get in line, and concentrate your efforts on the top wines you ant to taste, and then work backwards from there, to the ones you are less interested in.

YOU MUST have a game plan - or you will look like a spinning top going from table to table without a clear mission.

My 2 cents...

Feb 13, 2012
Kosher Wine Musings in Kosher

Kosher Food and Wine Experience 2012

I cannot link to my blog - as that is illegal - go figure. So here is a horrible copy and paste from my blog - again very SORRY for this long content! ONLY kosher wines and only Royal wines, but many are very good! My blog is: - I hope that is OK :-)

Once again Herzog is putting on its massive food and wine festival on February 15th, 2012 (MAN I still cannot get used to that number) starting at 6PM. The festival is a great place to get to taste some of those wines that are either beyond your price budget, or hard to find wines, or ones that you pass by on the shelves because you just have no idea how good they are. They will be pouring more than 100 bottles of wines, so be sure to get there early, before the crowds show up. There will be a few new faces this year, with a couple of new wine makers showing up, and a few surprises (think new kosher wineries), from what I hear. Of course, there is also the food TO DIE for, from Mr. Aarons and his staff of insanely competent chefs! So please be sure to BUY your tickets here (coupon code below). The wineries pouring will include; Flam Winery (newly Kosher), Tulip (also newly kosher), many wonderful French brands, Barkan Winery, Binyamina Winery, Carmel Winery, Castel Winery, etc. Tickets are going fast so grab one or more while you can. Like last year they will be pouring wine and spirits – from around the world. Last year they poured cognac and scotch, and the display/table was “well attended”.

Please note the change of scenery! The event this year will be in Los Angeles BABY!!! That is right you heard me correctly! You do not need to drive 50 minutes to and from your home; rather you can drink and eat to your heart’s content, and then crash at one of the many rooms in the lovely Hyatt Regency Century Plaza! Herzog is working out a deal with the Hyatt and will hopefully have great deals for staying there on the website soon.

The last four years that we have enjoyed attending this event it has been getting a bit more crowded each year. This year with all the room that the Hyatt has to offer, the hope is that there will be more than enough room to roam and taste the aromas of the world and the flavors of Todd Aaron’s world renowned Tierra Sur Restaurant. Please DO NOT worry, just because the event is at the Hyatt does NOT mean the Hyatt will be doing the catering, rather ALL food preparation will be handled by the incomparable staff of Tierra Sur Restaurant. The food will be prepared on the premises, just as if it was still in Oxnard!

Yes, Yes I left the best for last. Herzog is giving out a coupon out for 10% off the ticket price – use the coupon (on the page after you add the tickets to the cart) KOSHER.

Every year we go and every year we are so excited because it gives us a chance to taste the wines and to see what to buy for the upcoming holidays. So grab you mouse and start clicking and we look forward to seeing you all the 2012 Herzog International Food & Wine Festival.

This is a copy of the blog posting from Herzog’s web site:

Join Herzog Wine Cellars in celebrating fine wines and cuisine at the 2012 International Food & Wine Festival. Year after year, this massive event has highlighted choice wines and spirits brought in from around the globe. This year’s festival is coming to Los Angeles, CA for the first time, and is the perfect place to taste amazing, rare and hard to find wines and spirits. More than 100 labels will be poured from Royal Wine Corp’s diverse international portfolio, all in the sophisticated setting of the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza.

Jan 31, 2012
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best Kosher wine to have with oysters?

I have never had oysters, but from what people say, the new Flam Blanc would be killer with Oysters! A lovely bright yet mouth filling wine. Another killer would be the Covenant Red C Sauvignon Blanc.


Jan 16, 2012
Kosher Wine Musings in Kosher