This week we’d like to recommend a delicious, dry Kosher wine, Yarden Cabernet Sauvignon. We spent some time exploring Kosher wines this week and wanted to emphasize that there’s more to Kosher than Concord wine. It comes in Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and any other variety you might imagine. This wine can be found through various outlets but if you check on Amazon, a bottle of this Cab runs in the $30 range.
There’s a lot to discover when it comes to modern Kosher wine. Up until the 1960s, most Kosher wine would have been characterized by sweet, the largest producers coming from the American northeast where Concord grapes were the primary grape used. It’s this grape, coupled with a particular processing step unique to Kosher wine, that made the product sweet. New processes and broader use of grape varieties have changed the profile of modern Kosher wines.
Time to open up a bottle or two of Kosher wine. Traditionally sweet, there are now highly rated dry Kosher wines and Purim is a holiday where drinking is not only allowed, but encouraged. Purim is a Jewish celebration in honor of the Feast of Esther who prayed and fasted for three days before speaking to the king to save her people from slaughter. We found out that this is actually an occasion to drink and that there’s a commandment that says adults should drink ‘until they can no longer tell the difference between blessing Mordechai (Esther’s cousin and ally) and cursing Haman (the genocide plotting enemy).’