Kosher Food & Wine Experience showcases the best in wines and spirits

Kosher Food & Wine Experience showcases the best in wines and spirits

The 18th annual Kosher Food & Wine Experience (KFWE), held February 26 at New Jersey’s Meadowlands Hilton, featured the best of the best in wines and spirits from Royal Wine Corp.

This year’s event was a gathering of important manufacturers, buyers, suppliers, restaurateurs, retailers, chefs, and caterers, who came to talk to winemakers, taste new wines, and participate in break-out sessions with experts on such topics as Israeli wines, tequila and bourbon, and the Herzog portfolio of Oxnard, Calif.

“The show underscored the vast array of quality kosher wines and spirits available on the market today, with hundreds of companies represented,” said Gabriel Geller, Royal Wine’s public relations director. “Sophistication, diversity, and excellence were clearly underscored this year.”

Geller added, “We are excited to partner with new wineries, and we continue to support and highlight the new products of our partner wineries of many years, among them Israel’s Carmel Winery, which introduced Carmel Signature Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon 2021, showcasing the goodness of the Galilee. They continue to bring to market new flavors, including Carmel Buzz fruit-flavored moscatos.”

Geller noted that Shiloh Winery brought to the show its outstanding Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, and Petite Sirah Secret reserve wines, which garner 90-plus ratings every year from top wine critics.

Gabriel Geller, the director of public relations and media buying and the wine education manager at Royal Wine Corp., clinks glasses with Beth Janoff Chananie, the Jewish Standard/NJ Jewish News community editor.

“Royal Wine remains the most prominent importer and distributor of Israeli wines, and we are dedicated to our Israeli partners both morally and from a business perspective,” said Geller. “Israel has so much to bring to the world, and in these challenging times we proudly raise the flag to the fantastic wines coming out of Israel.”

Among the new wine releases featured were:

• Rocca delle Macie Chianti Classico: this renowned winery is producing kosher wine for the first time, exclusively for Royal Wine Corp. (SRP $25)

• Lovatelli, a new line of fine and affordable Italian wines, including a Salento Primitivo (SRP $17) and a Barbera d’Asti (SRP $25).

• Cantina Giuliano: a kosher boutique winery started in 2014 in Tuscany, Italy, by a young couple who inherited wineries from their grandparents.

• Many new kosher wines are being imported from South Africa by ESSA and J Folk wineries (among them, Chenin Blanc, Pinotage, Cabernet Sauvignon).

• Bartenura: Flavored Moscatos in cans, such as Peach, Lychee, and Blueberry.

Also: Château Dauzac Grand Cru Classé and Aurore de Dauzac Margaux ‘21; Chateau Roubine Cru Classé Lion & Dragon Red; Des Moisans Deau Cognac Privilege; Herzog Lineage Momentus Rose; J de Villebois Sancerre Pinot Noir; Kamisa Winery, Galilee, Israel; Malbec du Clos Triguedina-Cahors; Shamay Winery, Upper Galilee, Israel; New Carmel Black Cabernet Sauvignon, Galilée, Israel; and Brio de Château Cantenac Brown, Margaux.

This year’s KFWE also showcased a delicious selection of catered food offerings from Sushi Tokyo, West Wing, Slice & Sizzle, and Fruits by Pesha.

KFWE is produced yearly by the Royal Wine Corp., with shows in New York City, Los Angeles, London, and Tel Aviv.

Founded in 1848, Royal Wine Corp. has been owned and operated in the United States by the Herzog family, whose winemaking roots date back to 19th-century Slovakia. Today, Royal Wine Corp., headquartered in Bayonne, is the leading producer, importer, and distributor of kosher wines and spirits; it offers more than 300 brands.

The company owns and operates the Kedem Winery in upstate New York, which includes a tasting room and gift shop, as well as Herzog Wine Cellars in Oxnard, Calif., a state-of-the-art-facility that features guided wine tours, a tasting room, a gift shop, and catering facilities and which houses the award-winning Tierra Sur restaurant.

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