New York…Over 2,000 bottles of wine were poured at the recent annual Kosher Food and Wine Experience at Pier 61 sponsored by the Royal Wine Company. Attendees enjoyed dozens of new wine varieties including a number from Israeli winemakers. Some of the wines that received considerable notice were the first kosher run from the legendary Château Lascombes 2015 – 2nd cru classé from Margaux, arguably one of the finest kosher wines ever produced. There was the return, after a 10-year absence, of Château Léoville Poyferré 2015 – 2nd cru classé Saint Julien. Other first runs were Château Cantenac Brown 2015 – 3rd cru classé Margaux, one of Bordeaux’s most celebrated estates, Château Fontenil 2015 from the château of Michel Rolland, the world’s most sought-after winemaker and oenologist, first kosher cuvée from the very modern Château Fayat 2015 – Pomerol. Other notable wines at KFWE were Château Remo, a new boutique winery from Israel’s Galilee, the return to America of Gush Etzion, and a superb Pinot Noir from Catalonia’s cult Spanish winery, Celler de Capçanes Peraj Ha’abib Special Edition Pinot Noir 2015.According to Jay Buchsbaum, VP Marketing & Director of Wine Education at Royal Wine Corp.,“An early Passover (Friday, March 30-Saturday, April 7, 2018) is driving an intense demand for kosher wines. KFWE has fulfilled its growing role as a key influencer in determining which wines will grace America’s Seder tables, showing wines ranging in price from $6 to $500.”Etti Edri, Assistant Manager of Yatir Winery represented one of Israel’s growing cadre of award-winning boutique wineries. Established in 2000 in Tel Arad, west of the Dead Sea in the Negev, Israel's south region, the vineyard's first wines were launched in 2004 and now the winery produces 150,000 bottles annually. The winery is located in the Yatir Forrest which was planted in the 1960's by the Jewish National Fund as part of Israel’s first Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion's vision to promote the Negev. The forest now covers some 40,000 acres and close to five million trees, olive groves, carob trees, eucalyptus trees and eucalyptus species. The forest became a green lung for ecological research and KKL-JNF, the Jewish Agency and Ministry of Agriculture sought to find agriculture plots in the forest areas that were prepared for flourishing agriculture of vineyards.