March 2, 2021

Kosher Food and Wine Goes Virtual and is a Huge Success

New York…There were no doubt many skeptics that the annual Kosher Food & Wine Experience could take place in a year where a pandemic is raging. But Royal Wines proved that the growing number of kosher wine connoisseurs and foodies were not going to give up on a year without an upscale new wine and food event. Nearly 800 people subscribed to the virtual event on February 21st and were treated to a delivered box of some of the finest new wines. They and many others tuned into an evening of award-winning winemakers, videos of grape-growing regions, and many creative kosher recipes.

Despite the technological challenges, all went on without a hitch. There was a cook-along demo with Chef Gabe Garcia of Tierra Sur restaurant at Herzog Wine Cellars in Oxnard, California, and celebrity chef, restaurateur, and James Beard Award winner Michael Solomonov, and wine tastings with Erik Segelbaum, Food & Wine Magazine’s 2019 Sommelier of the Year. The KFWE is an exclusive showcase for the wines from the portfolio of the Royal Wine Corp., such as the 2014 Elvi Herenza Rioja Reserva, a Spanish wine, and the 2021 Château Léoville-Poyferré Saint-Julien from the Bordeaux region of France. KFWE features several varietals from some of Israel’s largest producers, including Carmel Winery and Barkan, as well as wines from Psagot, located in the mountains of Jerusalem, and Tabor, whose flagship wine Malkiya is produced at the vineyards of Kibbutz Malcia in the Upper Galilee and was amongst the wines on the tasting list.

For its first two years, the KFWE event took place in New York City, then expanded to Herzog Wine Cellars in Oxnard. The California show was moved from Oxnard to Los Angeles in 2012. A show in London followed in 2013, then Miami, and finally Tel Aviv. The events continued in these cities each year, typically occurring 8 to 10 weeks before Passover.