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Tag Archives: Jews

• Golan Heights: Making Wine in the Shadow of War

Golan Heights: Making Wine in the Shadow of War

A cold morning mist hangs over row after row of deep purple grapes — a scene ripe for thoughtful contemplation. Just a few fields away a civil war ensues, and occasionally the sound of sirens punctuates the serene vineyard. In the Golan Heights, two drastically different worlds exist side-by-side — as dissimilar as water and […]

• “a woman walks into a bar…” but this time it’s a supermarket!

“a woman walks into a bar…” but this time it’s a supermarket!

You know the old adage about how “a celebrity would go to the opening of an envelope”? Well, it wasn’t quite an envelope but I was invited to the pre-opening of the Sherman Oaks Ralphs supermarket. And there was a pretty good incentive as Ralphs selected several Bloggers, including me, to create posts about the […]

• Edgar M. Bronfman, Dead. Built a Bigger, More Elegant Seagram

Edgar M. Bronfman, Dead. Built a Bigger, More Elegant Seagram

Edgar M. Bronfman, the billionaire businessman and philanthropist who as chairman of the Seagram Company expanded his family’s liquor-based empire and who as president of the World Jewish Congress championed the rights of Jews everywhere, died on Saturday at his home in Manhattan. He was 84. His death, of natural causes, was confirmed by the […]

• In New York, Lost Tribes beer company resurrects ancient brews

In New York, Lost Tribes beer company resurrects ancient brews

As he weaves in and out of traffic in New York City on a Friday afternoon, David Itzkowitz has two things on his mind: Shabbat and beer. Beer because Itzkowitz, 26, is a co-founder of Lost Tribes, a beverage company that makes microbrews derived from ancient recipes held dear by Jewish cultures from exotic parts of the world. […]

• Jewish Men’s Clubs to boycott Scottish whiskey

Jewish Men’s Clubs to boycott Scottish whiskey

The Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs (FJMC) in North America has asked to boycott scotch from distillers located in West Dunbartonshire Council in Scotland at Kiddush celebrations. The group has called for Jews to avoid certain brands of spirits following a boycott of Israeli goods instituted by the local council of the whiskey-producing region. The […]

• Passover Cocktails for a Kosher Holiday

Passover Cocktails for a Kosher Holiday

… fun cocktails to go with the gefilte fish as a change from the same old wine year after year. Distillery No. 209 has unveiled the world’s only kosher-for-Passover gin, aptly named No. 209 Kosher for Passover Gin. They’ve even thrown in some cocktail recipes to get you through the week. The Seder Sour created by […]

• Promising Kosher Wine

Promising Kosher Wine

You don’t have to unroll too many scrolls of the Torah to find the mention of vineyards, winemaking and wine. After all, the first thing Noah did after his voyage was plant a vineyard. Why? Wine holds a special place in many Jewish life and religious traditions, from the celebratory Purim to the weekly Shabbat […]

• The Story of ‘The Finest Kosher Wine in America’

The Story of ‘The Finest Kosher Wine in America’

Jeff Morgan grew up on the Upper West Side of Manhattan – before the area required a skirt or kippah. He didn’t have a Bar Mitzvah, nor did not celebrate shabbat and he never kept kosher. But somehow along the way he learned to make what Robert Parker of Wine Spectator fame has said “may […]

• Shmaltz Brewing Co. – 88 Chosen Bars Pouring Jewbalation For Hanukkah

Shmaltz Brewing Co. – 88 Chosen Bars Pouring Jewbalation For Hanukkah

88 Bars across the country were asked to feature, on draft, ALL 8 recipes of Jewbelation (8 through 14 plus the Barrel-Aged Vertical Blend) for the 8 nights of Chanukah or Hanukkah…whichever is your preferred spelling. Here is the list of Chosen Bars that will be pouring all 8 Jewbelation beers this holiday. Please check […]

• L'Chaim Kosher Vodka For Hanukkah Toasts

L'Chaim Kosher Vodka For Hanukkah Toasts

Kosher drinkers have more to cheer about this holiday season as a growing number spirits producers seek — and receive — the seal of approval from Jewish dietary authorities. “It’s an additional process and expense that raises the bar on quality,” said Ralph Mizraji, a Miami-based branding specialist who this year brought out a new […]

• 8 Days of Hanukkah Cocktails

8 Days of Hanukkah Cocktails

Look up “holiday cocktails” and most of what you will find, understandably enough, is geared toward Christmas—eggnog and glogg and other names that require the entire Scrabble supply of Gs. Not that these drinks have anything to do with the birth of Jesus, but through tradition they have become associated with yuletide celebration. But why […]

• Rosh Hashana Cocktails

Rosh Hashana Cocktails

… no one ever said you can’t drink something other than Manischewitz whilst making those plans. After all, such deep thoughts are sure to work up a powerful thirst and man cannot live, nor wish for a sweet new year, on kosher wine alone. A few simple cocktails geared toward encouraging the requisite introspection, not […]

• Rosh Hashana preparation: Kosher wine enthusiasts develop taste for Israeli wine

Rosh Hashana preparation: Kosher wine enthusiasts develop taste for Israeli wine

Since Rosh Hashana is all about clean slates and fresh starts, perhaps it’s time to give kosher wines another chance. At least, that’s what Aron Ritter, oenophile and founder of the New York-based Kosher Wine Society, says about the wines with a reputation for plonky sweetness and the Jewish new year (which this year begins […]