Primer on Kosher Wine in advance of Kosher Wine and Food Experiences in LA, NYC, London in 2018


Did you know:

  1. 30% of Israeli wine brands are certified kosher, but they produce over 90% of the Israel wine industry’s output.
  2. Wineries around the world craft special runs of kosher wine that meet the specifications.
  3. All kosher California wine is made by fully kosher wineries such as Herzog Wine Cellars, Covenant and Hagafen with one exception:  Marciano Estate’s “Terra Gratia.”
  4. Passover dinners feature red wine because that’s what Jews used during their Seders after they escaped Egypt.
  5. Kosher wines range in price from $5- $500 with the average price at $25.
  6. Bartenura produces the largest selling imported Italian Moscato in the U.S. — and while it is kosher, only a small fraction of the 5,000,000 blue bottles go to the kosher market.
  7. Founded in 1848, Royal Wine Corp. has been owned and operated in the United States by the Herzog family, whose winemaking roots go back eight generations to its origin in Czechoslovakia; Sue and I visited Herzog last summer and wrote about it here.

As the Kosher world of wine expands with increased demands, exports and enthusiasm, you may be wondering: Continue reading