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Wines And Spirits On Our Radar This Holiday Season

It’s that time of year again: the Jewish month of Elul. The end of summer, the start of fall, and the approaching holidays mark a time of transition. This is traditionally a time of reflection in which we are encouraged to contemplate our decisions and, more importantly, our mistakes — to learn from our actions and misdeeds, and the impact these have had on our lives and on the lives of those we interact with. Hopefully, a little self-knowledge and wisdom has come from these experiences.

Chardonnay: Apples And Honey In A Wine

Every year, as Rosh Hashanah approaches, I look for special wines to serve at my holiday table. I used to select big, full-bodied, red wines; however in recent years I’ve found that after a long morning in a stuffy synagogue, a chilled, refreshing, white wine, really hits the spot. On special occasions such as Rosh Hashanah, one good choice of white wine is almost always the deservedly popular Chardonnay.

11 Wines To Try This Rosh Hashanah

It’s that time of year again: the Jewish month of Elul. The end of summer, the start of fall, and the approaching holidays mark a time of transition. This is traditionally a time of reflection in which we are encouraged to contemplate our decisions and, more importantly, our mistakes. I am, of course, talking about wine — choosing the most appropriate wine for the moment remains an enduring value. Rosh Hashanah is not only a time for introspection, but also for some increased formal dining, and a chance to try some new wines with friends and family.

Manhattan’s Only Vineyard Is Run By This 89-Year-Old Iraqi Jew

Latif Jiji at his Upper East Side winery, which dates back 40 years. (David Klein)

NEW YORK (JTA) — Latif Jiji looks over this year’s crop at Chateau Latif with an expression of satisfaction.

If you’ve never heard of Chateau Latif, you’re not alone. In fact, your favorite sommelier probably hasn’t heard of it, either. It’s not from the south of France, nor is it from Napa Valley. Rather, it’s terroir is the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

Harissa Bloody Mary

Harissa Bloody Mary, The Nosher

Harissa Bloody Mary

The Nosher/JTA – Like Italians with their tomato sauce, home cooks across North Africa and the Middle East are serious about their harissa. Each cook has his or her own special method for grinding the chiles and blending in oil, garlic and spices. That’s why our harissa is bound to family tradition.

ABCM (Anything But Cabernet, Chardonnay, and Merlot)

The small but impressive Vitkin Winery, which began in 2002, is the passion-project of three Israelis: Doron Belogolovky, formerly a successful businessman in the stone and marble trade; architect Sharona Paz-Belogolovsky, Doron’s wife; and Assaf Paz, Sharona’s brother.

De La Rosa

I first noticed De La Rosa Real Foods & Vineyards through their non-wine products—organic olive oils, vinegars, and grape juice. I have a gaggle of foodie friends who love these products and I eventually got to taste some of their wines in various settings—on their own, accompanying meals, against other competing wines, at a public tasting, and at home as part of my, ahem, rigorous tasting regimen.

Double Fermentation

The other day a foodie buddy presented a friendly wine pairing challenge: which wines would I recommend to pair with homemade pickles?

Canada Reverses Ban On Labeling West Bank Products As ‘Made in Israel’

Vered Saadon toasting with an Israeli tour group at her Tura Winery in Rahelim, West Bank, June 21, 2017. (Andrew Tobin)

(JTA) — Canadian authorities withdrew a guideline that prevented goods produced in the West Bank from being labeled “Made in Israel.”

In a statement released Thursday, the Canadian Food and Inspection Agency said that two wines that had fallen under the labeling ban did in fact “adhere” to the Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement and could be sold as labeled.

The two wines, both produced in the West Bank, were temporarily withdrawn from liquor store shelves in the province of Ontario, raising an uproar among Jewish groups and Israeli diplomats.

Canada Bars West Bank Settlement Wines From Being Labeled ‘Product of Israel’

Amichai Lourie showing off the vat room at his Shiloh Winery, in the Shiloh West Bank settlement, June 21, 2017. (Andrew Tobin)

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Canada has apparently barred wines imported from the West Bank from being labeled as products of Israel.

The Liquor Control Board of the province of Ontario on Tuesday asked vendors to remove such wines from their shelves and to stop importing them. The board cited a previously unreported July 6 ruling by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency that wine products made from grapes “grown, fermented, blended and finished in the West Bank occupied territory” could not be labeled “Product of Israel.”