Much of the reason for creating Wine Blogging Wednesday, now nearly 56 months ago, was to push us out of our comfort zones and to learn something new about the infinite subject of wine. This month's theme is no exception. It was inspired by a tasting I attended a few weeks ago where I was poured an excellent Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa that I was later informed was Kosher. I was aware that there were some quality wines out there that were labeled Kosher, but I had no idea what that really meant. I was shocked and amazed. The wine was the 2006 Covenant, by winemaker Jeff Morgan. It inspired me to contact Lenn and Tim and suggest this theme, which they fast-tracked (Thanks, guys!) to hit the holiday. I have since been fascinated by a world of Kosher wine out there that I had no idea existed --Fine Kosher Wine.
It also inspired me to arrange a vertical tasting with Jeff Morgan for Alder of Vinography.com and myself at the SF Wine Center yesterday. We got a chance to taste some of the most high-end Kosher wines on the market and get a really deep dive into the challenges and responsibilities of a someone making Kosher wine, which I'll be writing up for my formal post. I urge those of you close to a Kosher winery to visit and you'll be very surprised about what it really takes. Jeff's site has tons of great information on it as well to get you started on what makes wine Kosher.
I doubt there are any other categories of wine that are more stigmatized than the Kosher Wine category. Most of us, gentiles like me or most Jewish wine enthusiasts alike, have a lot of negative reactions to the very concept. Most of that has to do with the supermarket Concord grape wines that we're all familiar with (Jancis Robinson calls these sweet wines with foxy flavors). I won't go into the technical details of what makes those wines Mevushal and why most of the finer Kosher wines are Non-Mevushal here. I'll leave that for you to explore.
I realize this one is more challenging an assignment for some in rural areas, but there are some excellent on-line resources for Kosher wine. A quick bit of Googling and you'll find many specialty wine merchants that can send you some.
So find something reputed to be Fine Kosher Wine, taste it, blog about it, then send me a link to your blog posting by Wednesday, April 15th, 2009. You can email me the links to: thecorkdork (at sign) gmail.com.