Updated January 3, 2019
(1) Sommelier Expo (Israel)
Date: Monday-Tuesday, January 28th – 29th, 2019
Location: Heichal HaTarbut (1 Huberman Street, Tel Aviv)
Press and Trade: 11:30 AM – 6:00 PM
General Public: 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Between 80-150 NIS (multiple options which can be viewed here (tickets can also be purchased at the same link).
(2) KFWE Tel-Aviv
Different than the other KFWE events, this one is primarily an invite-only trade show organized by Royal’s Israeli importer/distributor – Zur Agencies. As they began importing more of Royal’s portfolio over the last few years, interest has grown and some tickets have occasionally been made available to the public (but it remains primarily an invitation only event). If you would like to attend my suggestion would be to reach out to your local wine shop and see if they can assist in getting you a ticket
Date: Monday, February 4th, 2019 (same as KFWE Paris)
Location: Trask (Yosef Yekuti’eli 6, Tel-Aviv Harbor )
Hours: 8:30 PM – 10:30 PM
(3) Grand Cru Cacher Tasting (KFWE Paris)
Not an “official” KFWE event, but rather a wine tasting of the many kosher wines in the Sieva portfolio (Sieva is the company owned and operated by the Bokabsa family). Royal is the importer of Bokabsa in the US, but they make many kosher wines that aren’t imported in the US and this tasting is a great opportunity to taste many of them (a few also make their way to the London KFWE).
Date: Monday, February 4th, 2019 (same as KFWE Israel)
Location: Pavillon des Princes (69 Avenue de la Porte D’Auteuil (16th Arrondissement))
Press and Trade: 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
General Public: 5:30 PM – 10:00 PM
(4) KFWE London
Date: Wednesday, February 6th, 2019
Press and Trade: 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
General Public: 6:30 PM – 10:00 PM
More information and ticket purchasing can be found here. Use promo code “KFWE10” for 10% off tickets (through 1/14/19). VIP tickets grant access to a separate room with seating, different food, some extra wines & whiskies (but no early admission).
(5) KFWE New York
The granddaddy of them all, this is a spectacular event with hundreds of wines and some great food as well. Attending is highly recommended and I strongly urge buying tickets as soon as possible as the event always sells out. I also recommend arriving early – it gets very crowded as the evening wears on.
Date: Monday, February 11th, 2019
Location: Pier 60 (Chelsea Piers, New York) (the VIP room is five minutes away at Current, Pier 59)
Press and Trade: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
VIP: 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM
General Public: 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Information and ticket purchasing can be found here. Use promo code “CORKBOARD” for $15 off tickets. Take note that there is a convenience fee tacked on this year. VIP tickets grant one hour early access (the best reason for buying VIP tickets as it can get really crowded later on) plus a separate room (a five minute walk away) with seating, different food (by Reserve Cut) and shorter lines for the higher-end wines (only the more expensive wines are available in the VIP room).
General Information is also at http://www.thekfwe.com.
(6) KFWE Los Angeles
KFWE LA won’t be returning to the Paterson Auto Museum this year and will be at a new location. While I will miss the awesome backdrop of great cars, the layout did make it sometimes difficult to track down all the wines and I am sure the new location will be awesome as well. Easily among my favorite events given the smaller (and more easygoing) crowds and phenomenal weather! Well-worth attending and sounds like the VIP is a no-brainer!
Date: Wednesday, February 13th, 2019
Location: Hollywood Palladium (6215 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles)
Press and Trade: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
VIP &General Public: 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Information and ticket purchasing can be found here. Use promo code “CORKBOARD” for $15 off tickets. VIP tickets grant access to a number of private lounges, each with a different “theme” (library wines, champagne, cocktails, cigars, etc.), different food, whiskies, but no early admission (the VIP wines won’t be available for GA and vice versa (as VIP admission will cover GA admission as well).
General Information can also be found at http://www.thekfwe.com.
(7) The Grapevine Grand Wine Tasting
Date: Sunday, February 17th, 2019
Location: Grapevine Fine Wine & Spirits (455 NY-306, Monsey)
Hours: To Come
Information and ticket purchasing will be provided shortly.
(8) Jewish Week Grand Wine Tasting
Together with the Grapevine’s event listed above, is the only event that affords an opportunity to taste the many kosher wines not included in Royal’s vast portfolio (and I expect there to be more wines than the Grapevine’s event). Held at SoHo’s awesome City Winery, it is always a great and event and coincides with the Jewish Week’s publication of their annual Kosher Wine Guide (for which I am a founding judge).
Date: Monday, April 1st, 2019
Location: City Winery (155 Varick St, New York)
VIP: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
General Public: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Information and ticket purchasing can be found here. VIP tickets grant early access plus some special wines not included in the regular tasting. Use promo code “JWFRIEND10” for $10 off tickets. Always a fun event and well-worth attending – hope to see you there!
Past Events (updated December 30, 2017)
[Israel] Israel’s primary wine-trade event – the Sommelier Expo will be held on January 15-16, 2018 (Monday – Tuesday) at its usual location in Tel-Aviv’s Heichal Hatarbut. between 1-9:30 PM. It’s a terrific place to find new wines and wineries, learn more about wine and have a great time meeting the various winemakers and winery owners. The event is intended for and free to press and members of the trade but any wine-lover can purchase tickets here for 150 NIS. The trade portion of the event is from 1:00 – 6:30 PM when it opens to all comers. I highly recommend the event and strongly suggest arriving as early as possible to avoid the large crowds that descend as the evening wears on and the event takes on more of a bar-like feeling where drinking is the order of the day.
[Israel] On January 29, 2018, Royal’s Israel importer (Zur Agencies) will hold KFWE Israel (also known as “Wow – World of Wine”). This is a great opportunity for Israeli wine-lovers to taste many of the high-end French and California wines that until a few years ago weren’t imported into Israel and whose prices ensure they remain out of reach for many budding oenophiles. Check back on Zur’s Facebook page as they will likely post details about the event soon (as they did last year). Alternatively hit up your contacts in the local wine industry and see if you can get tickets. This is a great event and highly recommended. You can also keep on eye on Royal’s general KFWE Page (last link on the bottom left will hopefully link to details at some point).
[Paris] KFWE Paris (also referred to as Degustation de Vins) will be held the following day on January 30, 2018 in Paris at the Intercontinental Marceau from 5:30 – 9:30 PM (trade and press hours are from 4:00 – 5:30 PM). In order to enable attendance by the largest number of winemakers possible (and ease the logistics for royal personnel), the Paris (and London – see below) events are held back to back with the Israel one. Paris KFWE is hosted by Selection Bokabsa, the producers (and négociant) for many of the French offerings offered in the US by Royal Wine. This is usually a fun and lovely event and affords the opportunity to taste many French selections, including those not exported to the United States. Tickets can be purchased here.
[London] Coming on the heels of the Paris event is KFWE London, which will be on January 31, 2018 at the Park Lane Sheraton. Hours for the press and trade are 3:30 – 5:30 PM and general admission is from 6:30 – 10:00 PM. Tickets can be purchased here and there are also a limited number of VIP tickets. The VIP event provide access to an enhanced food menu and wines (and whiskies) not available at the general event. A great event with terrific food and a pretty broad selection of wines, all enjoyable in a more subdued and laid back (dare I say elegant) environment than the more lively flagship New York KFWE event.
[Manhattan, NY] Next up is Royal’s flagship NY KFWE which will be held on February 5, 2015 at its usual Chelsea Piers location on Pier 60. this is your opportunity to enjoy hundreds of wines, many of them among the finest offerings the kosher world has to offer these days. As with most of these events, get there as early as you can as the event fills up quickly and, once full, becomes more than some folks can handle. Press and trade hours are between 12:00 – 4:00 PM and doors open for general admission at 6:30 PM. VIP tickets grant early admission to the main event starting at 5:30 PM and also provide access to the VIP room a few minutes away from the main event, where an enhanced food menu is available along with a curated selection of the higher-end wines which can be tasted and enjoyed in a less-crowded and more elegant setting. The event sells out every year so don’t dilly-dally and buy your tickets as soon as possible. Only good through December 31, 2017, promo code EARLYBIRD gets you $25 off either type of ticket. After that date, promo code UNCORKED will get you $15 off. VIP and general admission tickets can be purchased here.
[Los Angeles] Two days later KFWE LA will be held on February 7, 2017 at the incredible Peterson Automotive Museum. Hours are 6:00 – 9:00 PM (trade and press are usually 12:00 – 4:00 PM). VIP tickets are available and grant access to the lovely roof at 6:00 PM, where you can enjoy really terrific food by Herzog Winery’s acclaimed (and truly destination-worthy) Tierra Sur restaurant along with library wines and a curated selection of the better wines in a more relaxed setting. Regardless of VIP tickets, make sure you visit the general admission floors where the vast selection of wines can be enjoyed among the gorgeous and truly incredible display of automotive history and beauty. Use promo code EARLYBIRD through December 31, 2017 for $25 off, after which cork15 will grant you $15 off any type ticket, all of which can be purchased here.
[Monsey, NY] The next two tastings provide a great opportunity to sample a broad selection of wines beyond those imported by Royal (or produced by the Herzog Winery). The first event is the annual Grand Kosher Tasting hosted by Monsey’s Grapevine wine store and hosted by its manager – Yehoshua Werth. The event will be held on Sunday, February 18, 2018 at Grapevine Wine & Spirits in Monsey between 6:00 – 9:00 PM. Tickets can be purchased here.
[Manhattan, NY] Last but certainly not least is another event offering a broad selection of wines – the Jewish Week’s annual Grand Tasting which will be held on Sunday, March 12, 2018 at the delightful City Winery in Manhattan. The event will be held between 6:00 – 9:00 PM with VIP tickets granting early access (at 5:00 PM for a more relaxed environment). Details and tickets are available on the Jewish Week’s event page, but use my Corkboard special link for $10 off general admission and $10 off the early admission (which includes a limited tasted of special wines).