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Kosher reislings/gewurtzraminers, and the lack thereof

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ConsApi Dec 31, 2012 06:50 PM

For a recent Shabbos dinner, I wanted a reisling/gewurtz type wine, and when I went to my local kosher wineseller, the only thing they had was a Willg Riesling 2008. I bought it because I've had good expediences with the Willg Gewurtzraminier, but when I opened and tasted it, I was sorely disappointed. The wine was very acidic, almost sour, with absolutely none of the floral bouquet that I expect from this kind f wine.

Some years ago, I could find at least two brands of kosher Alsatians wines in my local retail source -- Willg and Abrabanel. For some reason Abarbanel has disappeared, and now I can't seem to find any kosher Gewurztraminer. Is there somtething going on in the kosher wine business that I'm not aware of? Also, are there any German manufacturers of kosher wine? There must of been before WW2, and it's been over 65 years since the end of the war, and the Jews have returned to Germany. And are there any kosher producers in the Finger Lakes? There are some pretty nice reislings made there, too.

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    DeisCane RE: ConsApi Jan 1, 2013 06:43 AM

    Hagafen makes a very good one.

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      craigcep RE: DeisCane Jan 1, 2013 07:49 AM

      I agree.

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      ferret RE: ConsApi Jan 1, 2013 06:52 AM

      The Abarbanel appears to still be around:

      http://www.kosher-wine.com/wines/ries...

      Kosher-wine.com has several gewurztraminer's but they're not from Alsace, they just use gewurz' grapes:

      http://www.kosherwine.com/cgi-bin/sea...

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        craigcep RE: ConsApi Jan 1, 2013 07:50 AM

        There aren't any kosher wineries in the Finger Lakes. The Kedem winery is in Ulster County though (I don't think they make any Rieslings).

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          ganeden RE: ConsApi Jan 1, 2013 08:31 AM

          In the short term, there's nothing I can do. In the longer term, I'm working to resurrect my wine biz, and one of the first things I get (as opposed to grow) will be some of those types of varieties. In fact, my old grower, who had pulled his Gewurz, is replanting just for me (but that will take a while).

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            chazzer RE: ganeden Jan 2, 2013 07:40 AM

            Very happy to hear that you are working to resurrect the biz. My wife's cousin was asking about if your wines were still available after I shared a bottle of cab with them a few years back.

          2. jpr54_1 RE: ConsApi Jan 1, 2013 10:29 AM

            Queen Ann Liquor in Teaneck, New Jersey has a large selectionof Kosher and Israeli wines.
            They have an online shop and ship.

            http://www.queenannewine.com/

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              asher13 RE: ConsApi Jan 1, 2013 06:09 PM

              Binyamina also makes a very good gewurtzraminer although it's definitely a little on the sweet side (and the grapes are grown in the galil)... http://www.binyaminawines.com/en-US/8...

              1. Mauriero RE: ConsApi Jan 2, 2013 05:59 AM

                Good News:

                Gewurztraminer is available from:
                Binyamina, Carmel, Money, Tabor, Yarden,

                Reisling is available from:
                Efrat, Barkan, Tishbi, Hagaffen, Tzora, Golan Heights, Givon, Herzog

                A Kosher Wine Retailers list is available at:
                http://www.guidetokosherwine.com/reta...

                There are also multiple on line retailers of kosher wine:
                http://www.kosherwine.com
                https://wwws.onlinekosherwine.com
                http://jwines.com

                L'chaim,

                Maurie Rosenberg - Author of: "Fruit of the Vine - The Complete Guide to Kosher Wine"
                www.guidetokosherwine.com

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