Best Kosher Wine or Scotch whiskey
- Cheesehead in Recovery
I need to give a major Thanky you/ congratulations to someone who appreciates GOOD wine/booze.
My local wine guy recommended Yarden's Merlot....somehow, I bet that's not necesarily the best kosher wine on the market (Yarden is rarely excellent)
Please recommmend some amazing Red wines and kosher high end- high quality.... (good doesn't have to be expensive...)
Tasting is the best way to do this of course
Also, if their are any scotch drinkers out there, please make reccomendations.... This is for the real l'chaim shots to celebrate a milestone. His home is strictly kosher...so i want to get the right thing.
my favorite is from the Herzog Selection
Valflore - a Semi Dry Red, from France
10% alcohol, OU-Passover only $8 750ml
Because it's lightly sweet high proof,
you can drink it cold or room temp.
it comes in an simple cork bottle.
This is not an "impressive" wine,
simply a very drinkable one, so it's
best as a generous table beverage,
not just for sampling.
As with wine, tastes in single malts are also very varied.
A few recommendations based on my tastes:
1. Glenmorangie - their 18 year old in plain wood is excellent.
3. Glen Ord
As a comment to a previous poster, some scotches in the wine and sherry casks are kosher (they are served at some of the better kosher restaurants (e.g., Park East). There are some details in the issue of sherry and wine casks that are taken into account.
Good luck and lechayim!
But here's what i don't "get" about Kashrut and Liquor...Why are all of these such as Glenlivet,Chivas and others kosher? Whereas kosher wines are so carefully scruitinized, boiled, and under watchful eye of mashgiach, whiskey is not necessarily prepared under supervision? (I'm of the "semikosher" persuasion, but have studied enough halacha to respect the differances!)
Maybe someone can explain it to me over a good shot of something! (in the greater boston area)
re: Cheesehead in Recovery
since you already appreciate the Kosher issues
of wine, then the whiskey answer is simple.
whiskey itself is NOT the problem regarding Kosher.
the problem is most whiskeys, especially from Europe,
are "finished" in barrels that were previously used
to ferment grape products such as Port or Sherry
which were not Kosher.
even if a whiskey was not "finished" it could still
be aged in barrels that were used for grape products,
since many whiskey makers prefer the cheaper used
barrels, even when whiskeys are "wood finished".
many Kosher people will still drink whiskeys from
Sherry barrels or casts because any trace of grape
in the whiskey is so minuscule, while others will
insist that the casts had never been used before.
What a load of horsepucky, gotcholent. Mevushal wines can be excellent if made properly, and they can age beautifully. I don't know about you, but I don't want "bacteria and wonderful tiny things that make a wine a "living" aging wonderful drink." I filtered them out in my nonmevushal wines, and everyone removes them one way or another. Even in "unfined, unfiltered" wines, they're removed by multiple rackings. If they get into the bottle, they can cause gas production and turbidity. The typical mevushal wine of today is flash pasteurized at the juice stage in terms of whites, and soon after pressing in terms of reds. The time/temperature profile of the bishul, while it can kill some organisms, is certainly not enough to kill sporulated organisms, nor many bacteria- typically 185 degrees F for just long enough to measure the temperature. That means DeisCane is correct in fact- not many kosher wines are actually boiled. And it means that while some microorganisms may indeed be compromised, life continues to go on. And it means that in any case, pure cultures are added to at least white wines after bishul, which reintroduces some of those "wonderful tiny things" you were discussing. And it means that maybe you should do your homework before perpetuating bubbamaisas which have no factual basis whatsoever, no matter who actually believes them, especially in a 2.5 year old thread.
Sorry to say, but your response to this "bubbamaise" (who is this Bubba character?) is the real bubbe-meise. Meshuval wine is indeed stripped of most of the qualities that any serious wine drinker would say differentiates between a very good wine, and a fairly terrible one. I won't brag on my credentials too much here, but suffice to say I speak with authority on this subject. A nice 185 degree "bath" will kill anything. Actually the conservative tempurature used in the restaurant industry is just 140 degrees. Just using common sense though, if the process were "safer" in any significant way, shape, or form and didn't affect flavor, then all wineries would use this method wouldn't they?
Randall....GanEden speak on authority as well (remember Gan Eden wines?), but I have to say as a more than novice but less than "expert" wine drinker, I find your comments elitist...a yummy wine is a yummy wine. Sometimes it's a $12 bottle sometimes it's a $72 bottle, and sometimes it's Moscato D'Asti.
Ganeden, as far as bbq goes, your word is the Gospel to me, in the world of smoke you are my Rebbe. But I must join Randal in saying you're wrong on this one (a bit rude too). A perfectly apt example would be one of my once favorite kosher reds...a Rioja by Ramon Cordava, non-mevushal until the end of 2006 after which time they switched over to mevushal . For less the $10 a bottle it was better then the most kosher $50-100 bottles available at the time. Jill Santopierto, at that time a food stylist for the NY Times, and later editor for CHOW, introduced it to us at our first meal together years ago, not knowing (or caring) that it was kosher. If you look at the 2007 label the "non" has actually been blacked off of each of the bottles they produced that year. When I heard they switched I was so excited to hear as it meant I could use this fantastic (and inexpensive) wine for my kosher catering. But alas, after the flash pasteurization, it had just lost that love and feeling, still drinkable, still a good deal for the price, but totally lacking the "WOW". Those bottles are now enigmatic, and while somehow still winning awards, impossible to find even for those of us fairly well connected. I realize that Kashrut is Kashrut, I accept that, respect it, but don't fool yourself or others into thinking that the bishul process has no or little effect other then making it unfit for the Mizbeyach, but ok for our bellies.
My favorite scotch is Lagavulin. It has a stong flavor of peat (ie, smoke), so not everyone loves it, but I do. Bowmore 15 yr is also excellent. You couldn't go wrong with Glenlivet 18 - no particularly strong, unique flavor, so everyone likes it.
I'm not sure you should buy Glenmorangie. First, I don't like it that much (personal taste). Also, I think they age in sherry casks which many people are okay with, but some are not (kashrus-wise).