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Kosher wine tasting recommendations?

Hi CH Kosher friends--

I am planning a pre-Pesach kosher wine tasting for about 20-30 friends, to show them some of the latest and greatest wines for their sedarim, as well as give them a chance to see how good some of the newer kosher wines are (for a few of the women don't keep kosher). I tried to go to our best kosher wine store (not saying much) but their prices are not good and they won't give me the pre-Pesach sale price because their sale starts four days after my tasting! So my next thought is to turn to you because you are always so helpful.

I am looking for recommendations for maybe 2-3 whites and the same number of reds, plus maybe one bubbly or sweet. Unusual wines are great, but I'd love for them to be easily available online (I usually buy from www.kosherwine.com bc I think their prices are way better).

Mevushal shouldn't be a problem bc I have someone appropriate to pour the wines, but I'd like to know if they're not just to know how many pourers I need.

Thanks SO much!

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  1. get in touch with Torah Academy http://www.torahacademymn.org they have a bookstore and kosher wine shop. call them and ask about the book store and when it is open.

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    1. re: cwsilverberg

      Can you comment on the variety and quality of their wines? I have heard that their selection isn't very broad nor is it of the higher-end. Nothing wrong with that, it's just not what I'm looking for for this higher-end event. I know they're only open Tuesday/Thursday nights for a short time late in the evening, and a couple of hours on Sunday. None of those are convenient times, unfortunately.

    2. Why nit contact kosherwine.com and get their recommendation and I do agree with you comments about them as well -

      1. For best prices and selection, I'd contact Skyview in Riverdale (who will ship countrywide) or Varietal in Manhassat who has the absolute best prices. That said, any serious retailer will match any published price, so it's worth asking around, especially for a relatively large order. My annual Pessach Buying Guide is coming out on Thursday but in the interim you can use last year's (http://www.yossiescorkboard.com/?page...) as a guide for some top notch suggestions. ping me if you have any specific questions and I'd be happy to help out.

        1. I recently attended a Herzog Winery pre-Pesach wine tasting. The ones with the best reviews by the attendees were the Segal Cabernet Sauvignon Special Reserve and the Teal Lake Shiraz.

          1. I like the Gabriele wines from Italy.

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            1. re: zsero

              Are they the Cantina Gabriele wines? I found this example on kosherwine.com:


              Any specific varietals you recommend??

              1. re: cheeseguysgirl

                Yes. Specifically? Pinot Grigio. Chianti. But really I like them all :-)

            2. If you want great representations and price is not much of an object, try Hagafen 2% Riesling (they also make a 4%), Power-to-the-People Syrah, Covenant Cab, Four Gates Pinot Noir, Herzog Chalk Hill Chard, and Chateau Guiraud. 6 wines, each different from the next, each from a different producer.

              1. I second the Skyview rec - we generally like their recs, they're very knowledgeable. Just describe to them what you generally like. Plus, they give case discounts for mixed cases.

                1. Hey Cheese guy's girl-

                  Your best bet might actually be to contact the largest distributor of kosher wines, Royal Wine Corp. Depending upon your event/budget, you might be able to get a professional sommelier to bring all kinds of wine and lead a real tasting. You can choose the format - more or less formal.

                  contact pr@royalwines.com.

                  good luck.

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                  1. re: napag

                    Attended the One israel Fund Dinner last night-at Bridgwaters - Wonderful Event
                    They had A wine tasting with Shlomo from Herzog Wines with only "Mevushal Wines" & was blown away by the "Shiloh" selections
                    Shor Barbera 2009 was outstanding & Special Reserve Shiraz 2009 as good about $40.00
                    Was told that Shiloh has a special proceedure for the Mevushal process that doesn't hinder the nature of the wines - also had Binyamina? Special Reserve Melot - the standard bar served Barkan - Red & White

                    1. re: caterman

                      At the big Royal/Herzog tasting in LA last month, I was also very favorably impressed by the whole Shiloh line.

                  2. cote du rhone! my new favorite