Oxnard, CA – When Kosherfest ’17 opens on November 14th, it will be just a few weeks after devastating wildfires in northern California caused widespread damage and claimed many lives. It also affected the rich grape growing areas of Napa and Sonoma where some of the kosher wines secure their grapes. Hagefen, the only kosher winery whose production facility is also in the Napa region, was particularly hit hard. Miraculously, the Herzog Wine Cellars, the largest producers of kosher wines in California were spared. Motty Herzog, the general manager of the Herzog Wine Cellars told Hamodia that fires burned on all sides of his company’s vineyards, yet theirs were spared. The full effect of the supply of kosher wines as well as pricing has yet to be determined. What is known is that California wines will headline some of the new kosher wines to be showcased at Kosherfest next month.
One of those new wines will be the Herzog Special Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Lake County 2015: Less than a year since the inaugural 2014 vintage was released and awarded no less than 92 points by the Wine Spectator, the new 2015 is already making its own waves. In addition to California, other new wines that will debut at Kosherfest include Jezreel Valley wines which have already received 90+ scores from the Wine Enthusiast for 4 of their offerings, (Adumim 2014, Carignan 2014, Syrah 2014 and Argaman 2014). Chateau Remo, a new boutique winery from the Galilee, is making its debut with 3 wines, Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Grand Blend 2014, and Hosen Blend 2014. French wines continue to capture the attention of the market. Domaine Pradelle Crozes-Hermitage 2015 (many years have passed since a kosher wine from Rhône’s valley Crozes-Hermitage appellation was released to the market). This wine is a 100% Syrah, true to its regional characteristics and while it is made by a respected producer, it retains a reasonable price tag. Domaine Les Marroniers Chablis 2016, Château Larcis Jaumat Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2015, Château Moulin Riche Saint Julien 2015, and Château Fontenil Fronsac 2015. Finally from Spain comes Celler de Capçanes Peraj Haabib Special Edition Pinot Noir 2015 (the first ever kosher high-end Pinot Noir from Catalonia.)