The History of Wine

Monday, June 28, 2010 by Ajax Union Blogging
Thucydides wrote more than 2500 years ago "The peoples of the Mediterranean began to emerge from barbarism when they learned to cultivate the olive and the vine." Wine making is a process that is about 8,000 years old. It was not until Rome, however, that wine became inextricably linked to society. There were wine bars on every street, and grape cultivation occurred throughout the Empire. In the Cahors region of France, it began to rival Italian production.

During medieval times wine making was relegated to monasteries, which developed it for the sacrament. Fuller bodied varietals came into being, and the water mixed wines of antiquity all but disappeared. By the 18th century, wine was in full bloom, and the Bordeaux region of France became the top producer of quality wines.

Today wine remains popular worldwide. It is made in many countries, from Israel to Chile, and these “New World” wines like Bartenura Moscato and Herzog wine are often just as good as the “Old World” wines from Bourdeaux. Wine is a very cultural example of how people eat and drink.

Enjoy wine like Bartenura Moscato from There you can get a better idea of how civil wine really is.

The Benefits of Kosher Wine

Monday, June 21, 2010 by Ajax Union Blogging
Kosher wine is good for you. It has antioxidants that help to eliminate cellular waste, and prevent disease, all while lowering blood pressure and keeping you healthy. Studies also show that moderate wine drinkers have less of a chance of developing heart disease, having heart attacks, type 2 diabetes, stroke, cataracts, colon cancer and brain decline. Drinking wine also helps lengthen life.

Plus wine helps you to relax, and fosters a good mood. The tannins found in wine also prevent plaque from forming in your arteries and on your teeth.

Drinking kosher wine is usually done around other people. In general, drinking has a social and community based dynamic. The toast for example, is a long cherished way of blessing the future.
Toasting with water just isn’t the same as lifting your glass filled with Kosher wine. Kids can toast with water, but adults toast with Israeli wine.

Kosher wine also tastes really good. The layers of flavor that are concealed in a good bottle of wine can be detected only by a seasoned palate. Thus, a level of connoisseurship is important to enjoying a quality bottle of kosher wine.

It’s hard to find any negatives that come from drinking kosher wine! Buy a bottle today.

Merlots and More

Monday, June 14, 2010 by Ajax Union Blogging
Merlot is one of the most popular wines in the world, as well as among kosher wine. It is a medium body grape, with hints of plum and berry, and it has low tannins. Because it ripens early, it is hardy and durable. Often it is blended with the Cabernet Sauvignon grape, to achieve a wine with more moderate tannins.

This varietal does better in cooler soil and can ripen early, meaning it is susceptible to frost and rot. Some oenologists prefer to let the fruit hang for a few extra days in favor of the more fruity flavors that this method produces. Those who prefer early picking enjoy more acidity and greater potential for aging.

White merlot also exists and is made without the skins of the grape. Although the color of the wine is pink, it is not a rose and usually contains raspberry flavors.

Merlots can be paired with almost any kind of food. More cabernet leaning merlots are good to pair with any red meat, while lighter, more pinot noir leaning merlots can be paired with salmon and other seafood. An excellent medium in the red wine world, merlot can be enjoyed anywhere.

Israeli merlots are excellent examples of kosher wine.

The Montepulciano Dispute

Monday, June 7, 2010 by Ajax Union Blogging
Montepulciano d’abruzzo is a favorite kosher wine of mine. It has medium full body, light tannins, and is fruity, and dry. Produced in the central region of Italy, Abruzzo, this varietal is different from Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, which is produced in and around the Renaissance town of Montepulciano in the province of Siena. Because the Abruzzo varietal ripens so early, it is not planted any further north than Central Italy. It is not usually aged for more than 2 years, and if it is, it becomes a riserva. Up to 10% Sangiovese grape is allowed to be blended.

Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, is of the Sangiovese grape varietal. Coming from the Latin, sanguis Jovis, or “the blood of Jove,” it is usually aged in oak barrels for 2 years, or 3 if iti is a riserva. Similarly fruity, with blush tones of cherry, and stronger tannins, this wine has a long, pleasant aftertaste. This varietal is most famous for the Chianti blend in kosher wines, and it has flavors of red berry, although it can easily assume oaky, deeper flavors when aged.

Well now that we have that Montepulciano dispute all cleared up, let’s go drink a bottle of kosher wine!