Kosher Wine Evolves From Cheap To Collectible
on 13/03/13 at 10:03 amWine
If you remember when kosher wine meant mostly cheap and sweet, you probably also know that the second part is no longer true. Today, there are plenty of quality kosher wines being made around the world.
But did you also know that kosher wine has come so far there now are even super-premium bottles that go for more than $100 a bottle?
“It’s absolutely amazing how it’s evolved,” says Michael Bernstein, owner of The Cask in Los Angeles, which stocks and sells exclusively kosher wines and spirits.
“It’s mind-boggling how many different kosher wines there are.”
The syrupy kosher wines of the past stemmed mainly from economics. Jewish immigrants to America needed wine, a crucial part of their religious traditions, but didn’t have access to high-quality grapes. So they used the Concord grapes that grow in the Northeast, producing wines with an unpleasant character, usually describe as “foxy,” which was masked by adding sugar.
But in recent years, a number of producers have begun making classic red and white kosher wines. A pioneer was Herzog Wine Cellars in Southern California, and there also is a growing wine industry in Israel.