Category Archives: Archived Posts

The Real (Sweet) Deal

Happy Purim to all! Over the 15 years of writing this newsletter, my primary objective (beyond getting folks to drink more wine) has been to encourage people to step outside their comfort zone and try new wines and expand their oenophilic horizons to better appreciate the majestic world of wine, for which the kosher consumer’s […]

Bordeaux & Champagne Trip

Big red wines that require many years of aging may seem seasonally incongruous, but after three newsletters covering summer basics like white wine, rosé and grilled food wine pairing I thought it might be a good idea to follow Bruce Willis’ creed of “always being prepared.”  So in order to ensure we are all properly […]

Terra di Seta

Comfortably nestled in the upper-echelons of any list aiming to rank wineries by the sheer beauty of their surroundings is Tuscany’s Terra di Seta, the site of one of my last trips before being shut-down by Covid-19.  Nestled among rolling Tuscan hills of such magnificent beauty as to literally take your breath away, the Terra di […]

Kos Yeshuos Winery

#376 – May 16, 2019 Israel’s modern kosher wine revolution started in the early 1980s with the Golan Heights Winery, while initial glimmerings were evident a few years prior at Carmel Winery, whose 1976 and 1979 offerings showcased a quantum qualitative leap. In addition to forbearing the revolution, Carmel Winery was also the breeding ground […]

Camuna Cellars

#376 – May 16, 2019 Israel’s modern kosher wine revolution started in the early 1980s with the Golan Heights Winery, while initial glimmerings were evident a few years prior at Carmel Winery, whose 1976 and 1979 offerings showcased a quantum qualitative leap. In addition to forbearing the revolution, Carmel Winery was also the breeding ground […]

Goblet Winery

#365 – November 13, 2018 Goblet Winery, provides a window into a story of passion, following one’s dreams and urban development – all coming from unexpected places. Founded in 2013, Goblet released its first commercial vintage in 2014 but founder and winemaker Yanky Drew has been making wine for over a decade, both as a […]

Shiloh Winery

#349 – November 5, 2017 It has been more than five years ago since Shiloh Winery was profiled on this newsletter and things have certainly changed since 2012 when it was still a relative newcomer to the scene.  As can be seen in my interview of the principal owner in 2014, much has changed over […]

Vitkin Winery

  #347 – October, 11, 2017 Over the years of writing this newsletter there have been a few instances where my use of a certain word, turn of phrase or even one of my protologisms or neologisms have come back to haunt me. Attaching the adjective gregarious to Asaf Paz in my Binyamina newsletter back […]

Covenant Winery

May 4, 2017 As you know, Covenant’s wines have been continuously showcased on these pages for nearly ten years; however, the last time a full blown newsletter was dedicated to this magnificent winery was in 2011!  Back then, the winery only produced four wines, three under the Covenant label (the eponymous Cabernet Sauvignon along with […]

Fruit of the Vine (Fruit-Based Wines)

March 10, 2017 (Purim Satire) While I don’t subscribe to the near-hysterics expressed by individuals of certain political leanings with respect to the perceived exclusionary policies threatening our very lives, liberty and happiness; I do believe that this newsletter’s focus on specific types of wine could be perceived by some as exclusionary.  As that would […]