It’s not your mom’s sweet syrup anymore.
I’ve been a fan of wines for since I can remember. When I was a kid, I was only allowed little amounts of wine during special occasions such as Kiddush or Passover. While in college, I was not as, shall we say, as discerning with flavor as I am today, as a wine critic and the author of a guide to kosher wine UK.
Kosher wine is coming into its own. It’s no longer the case that Kosher wine was classified as sweet, more sweet, and so sweet it causes me to ache just thinking about it. Without further delay let’s debunk some myths.
1. Wine isn’t “kosher” because it has been blessed by a rabbi.
This could be the most commonly-held misconception regarding kosher food products generally. I have a rabbi that is able to provide a service in his community, in conjunction with a local supermarket by labelling the shelves of all products that have been certified as kosher. This is done by putting the small label next to the label on the shelf of the item in question in order to make it easy and easy to find items that meet the requirements for. A woman was observing this process and, astonished by the speed at that he attached the dots in green on an assortment of objects, said: “Rabbi, you’re saying the blessings in a very fast pace isn’t it?”
Kosher wine is a safe way to avoid the presence of a number of ingredients that are problematic, such as blood from ox.
Kosher refers to “prepared” which means “prepared”, i.e. processed in accordance with Jewish laws. In the case of wine, a variety of ingredients pose kashrut issues, including casesin (a dairy-derived ingredient) and chemicals (from animals) and isinglass (from non-kosher fish) and even blood of ox (exactly exactly what it sounds like). Furthermore, all kosher wine should be under the supervision of a rabbinic rabbi beginning at the point that the grapes are made into juice until the wine has been sealed inside the bottle.
2. It is considered a Mitzvah (under some conditions).
Kosher wine is required to be used in a variety of Jewish rituals, including Bris Milah (circumcision) and the wedding Chuppa (canopy) and the Kiddush which begins Shabbat and the holiday meal. Although most occasions require only one cup for the day of Purim wine is the drink that is served at the holiday dinner, bringing back wine’s important part in the “banquets” that are described within the Megillah story. On Passover we must drink four cups of wine at the Seder (a problem to many). One rabbi stated: “Who else but Jews could complain about the amount they are required to drink?”
3. Explore the many options.
Certain wines are excellent to drink for dessert, some are perfect are great for a relaxing evening of drinking and some are compatible with seafood, meat or cheese. White wines are typically younger, fresher , and more fruity, with notes of pineapple, apple pear, and other similar flavors. Red wines are often full-bodied with black tobacco, plum, current leather, and wild berries as well as years or months of maturation in oak barrels charred to give them an intense finishing. They may be silky and smooth but also tart, and sharp or both. Wines can be refreshing sparkling, light, and refreshing, suitable for daily use and special events.
Two millennia ago two thousand years ago, a Talmudic Sage stated: “The best kind of wine is the one you like.” The rabbi could also be the first wine critic to be recognized who classified a vintage of 200 years old as “of the finest quality.”
4. Israel is home to some of best wine that is kosher.
Drip irrigation helps grapes flourish in deserts across the world.
Chalk, limestone, sand , and volcanic soils are excellent growing conditions for top wine grapes. These types of soils are typically encountered in desert climates which were previously not suited to the cultivation of reliable wineries. In the second part in the century of 20thcentury two major developments enabled premium grape varieties to flourish across the globe:
Refrigeration and stainless steel tanks allows wine and grape juice to stay cool following the harvest in summer time in warmer regions, as well as during the process of fermentation (the process whereby yeast microbes consume sugar, and then convert it into carbon dioxide and alcohol).
Drip irrigation, which was developed in the 1960s for one Israeli kibbutz located in the Negev can allow the world’s hungry to be fed by using less water (agriculture creates the greatest pressure on the world’s drinking water supplies) and also provides greater control over nutrient levels. It also ensures steady results year after year in locations that could otherwise be unable to sustain agriculture.
Israel is blessed with a variety of modern wineries that combine the best of technology and traditional. Israeli along with other Jewish-kosher wineries are now regarded as “world best” by top authorities, with many getting the highest accolades and awards.
5. Avoid cooking with “cooking wine.”
A bottle that says “cooking wine” does not mean it’s more suitable to cook with. In reality, it’s typically a poor wine that’s not drinkable enough. My rule of thumb is that wine that is not worthy enough to drink isn’t adequate to cook with.
If you cook, add the wine in a timely manner to allow for the alcohol to disperse and give the slightest taste (except when you are cooking fortified wines, which could be beneficial to add after the cooking). Reduce the amount of wine to enhance its flavor. If you cook the wine with no lid over a period of 10 minutes it will decrease to about half or less. White wine is best for lighter-colored dishes, while red wines are ideal for stews and meats that are darker in color.
Wine has a unique value in the midst of rising prices. In 1940, a standard bottle of the kosher Kiddush wine cost around one dollar. In the present, that’s equivalent to about $12-15 for a standard bottle. Nowadays, you can get a wide selection of delicious sweet Kiddush wines for less than $5. And in the range of $12-15, you will get some extremely good to great wines.
6. It is beneficial for the mind both body and the soul.
Every week, there’s a new story on the benefits of drinking wine to your health. What is white wine? red wine, tannins, antioxidant compounds, flavonoidsand enzyme releasers, or some other thing?
“Kosher,” with its increased levels of quality control and supervision is now gaining the general public’s perception as being cleaner healthier, more nutritious, superior quality, and more importantly, more secure. However, the primary reason Jews adhere to kosher is because of their spiritual health. (Hence the name, “soul food.”)
Wine is a remarkable beverage that is the symbol of many important concepts in life: balance the nuance of integrity. It can also represent the perfected and completed human being’s life: It begins out as a basic and inexperienced product (grape juice symbolizes childhood) and character development when it is undergoing the process of fermentation (struggle is a symbol of the battle against evil) Then, it evolve into the mature wine we refer to as wine.
We can discuss the subject in greater detail over a glass of vino. Like Tevya did during Fiddler on the Roof: “Be joyful! Be healthy! Longer life! Drink, l’chaim, to life!”
It’s not your mom’s sweet syrup anymore.