Mon, 2016-11-21 14:29 | Joshua London

Thanksgiving dinner is one of those American traditions, like all extended family gatherings, that are regularly greeted with joy or dread, depending entirely on one’s attitude and forbearance. The proceedings generally progress with greater joviality or at least cordiality when well-lubricated. Obviously, alcohol is key to various parts of the night’s proceedings, from cooking to cleanup. Just drink responsibly, or your Thanksgiving feast is likely to be remembered for all the wrong reasons. Here are a few suggestions.

Tue, 2016-09-27 10:38 | Gamliel Kronemer

As with the run-up to Passover, the weeks before Rosh HaShanah are some of the busiest for those in the kosher wine trade. Wine producers and importers rush to get their new wines on the market, and many wine merchants will sell more kosher wine during this period than they sell in the preceding four months. The influx of new wines makes this a particularly good time to step back and take a broad look at the market.

Tue, 2016-08-30 13:14 | Gabriel Geller
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Mon, 2016-08-08 14:39 | Joshua E. London
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A recent wine-tasting party was a most welcome reminder that there are great kosher wines available to fit every mood, every occasion, most cuisines, and certainly every season.

Tue, 2016-07-26 16:01 | Joshua E. London
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Whether picnicking, grilling, or full-on smoky barbequing, one needs to be prepared with weather-appropriate, even seasonal, salubrious victuals and, most importantly, suitable potations. Indeed, on the drinks-front, one needs ready provision to ensure blithe spirits abound. While real insouciance these days has more to do with financial security than mere equanimity of spirit, one can’t go wrong with a healthy stock of proper, chilled, summery wines: sauvignon blanc, pinot grigio, moscato, champagne or cava, rosé, and the like.

Tue, 2016-07-05 17:01 | Joshua E. London
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A fine choice to consider is Hagafen Cellars’s 2012 Cabernet Franc ($39). It is a lovely, refined, and impressive medium-bodied wine with aromas and flavors of black cherry, ripe plum, dried currant, and savory chocolate, with spice and cedar wood, and then a wonderful, complex finish. Softening but noticeable tannins and lively acidity make this one to hold for a few more years at least, but enjoyable now with a hearty, meaty meal.

Mon, 2016-06-20 14:59 | Joshua E. London
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Thu, 2016-05-26 14:07 | Joshua E. London
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In honor of the recent celebration of Yom Ha’atzmaut (Israel’s Independence Day), I thought it worthwhile revisiting some fabulous Israeli wines. After all, Israel’s wine industry today is thriving.

The general story is, by now, a familiar one. At the heart of it all is the Israeli “boutique” winery. Today there are approximately 35 large scale commercial wineries and 250 boutique wineries, and collectively they have helped bring Israel to the attention of sophisticated wine drinkers the world over.

Mon, 2016-04-04 17:53 | Joshua E. London

According to a recent report by the Israel Export & International Cooperation Institute—more commonly known as the “Israel Export Institute” or just IEI—Israeli wine and spirits exports in 2015 grew by 6 percent, to about $39 million.

Globes, Israel’s financial newspaper, reported that “most of the increase in Israel's exports of wine and other alcoholic beverages were to Asia,” which rose by 16 percent (amounting to about $2.6 million.) By contrast, Israeli booze exports to North America grew by only 8 percent (about $25 million).