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KFWE 2012 – Part 4 – Videos

We started our video shoot by speaking to Jay Buchsbaum, Royal Wine Corporation‘s Vice President

Next we spoke to Sasson Ben Aharon, from Israel’s Binyamina Winery

Dr Moises Cohen from Elvi Wines a superb winery producing some of Spain’s top award winning wines..

The Directeur Général of Barons Edmond and Benjamin de Rothschild, Bertand Otto and Pierre Miodownik, consultant to the French Wine Industry, consultant to the Royal Wine Corporation and owner of Domaine Netofa, in Israel, spoke to us next…

After talking to just a few winemakers, we turned our attention to the food. Dr Alan Broner from Jack’s Gourmet was next…

The owner of Boro Park’s Glatt A La Carte spoke to us next…

Ari White from Got Tcholent? Inc/Gemstone Caterers spoke to Geila Hocherman and I…

After Ari White told us that Pardes Restaurant was his inspiration, we just had to go to their table. While I’d hoped to see Chef/Owner Chef Moshe Wendel, and/or his wife Shana, we were greeted instead by one of his suppliers Grow and Behold, who more than ably represented Chef Moshe

Then we turned to Ristorante Tevere

We ended the video taping by talking to cookbook author, James Beard Award winner, food historian and good friend, Gil Marks

All in all, between fantastic wines and celebrated winemakers, between top restaurants and incredible delicious foods,  February the 13th was an evening to remember!



Kosher Food & Wine Experience 2012 – Part 3 – Food

Kosher Food & Wine Experience 2012 – Part 2

Kosher Food & Wine Experience 2012 – Part 1

Kosher Food & Wine Experience 2011 – Part 2

Kosher Food & Wine Experience 2011 – Part 1

2010 Kosher Restaurant & Wine Experience – The Event


A Conversation with Ari White

At last week's KFWE 2012...

This evening, February the 22nd, at 8:00pm (Eastern Time) we will host Ari White on our internet radio show. Ari runs (together with his wife Gemma) Got Cholent? Inc/Gemstone Catering. Ari started Got Cholent? Inc., a few years ago, because he was fascinated with the variations of cholent around the world. Whether you want a standard Ashkenazi cholent, like mama used to make or you prefer the Moroccan Dafina, or a Texas, Asian or other versions, Ari’s company offers them all with more than 12 finger-licking choices. At last year’s KFWE he debuted Gemstone Catering (Gemstone? In honor of his wife Gemma, of course!).

Presentation and unusual combination of flavors makes these two companies stand out from the crowd, their imagination and creativity has elevated their food into art. Tonight Ari White will tell us what/who inspires him, what he’s done and where he’s going next.

Meanwhile in case you missed it, last week we did two internet radio shows, on Wednesday we did the first part of our interviews with winemakers from around the world, company executives and attendees and on Thursday we featured the second part. Why don’t you give us a listen, you’ll hear how the quest for a perfect kosher wine transformed the lives of winemaker, winery owners and just how often their life journey took them to unexpected, and originally unwanted harbors that turned out to be far warmer and welcoming than they could have believed.

Why not tune us in this evening at We will be talking to Ari White from Got Cholent? Inc/Gemstone Catering at 8:00 pm (Eastern Time).

We’ll be wait’n for ya!



Kosher Food & Wine Experience 2012 – Part 2

Yesterday we told you about the people we interviewed for this evening’s internet radio show, at 7:30pm (Eastern Time); today we will discuss some of our favorite wines.

It was great to see some of our old favorites and quite a few new ones. For a long time I’ve been partial to French wines and I was deeply disappointed that Château Guiraud is currently not available as a kosher wine. On the other hand, Château Piada Sauternes 2006, another delightful Sauternes – considerably lower priced than the Guiraud – is better than ever. Everybody agreed on this one!  This is a light bronzed gold colored, delicate yet full bodied wine, wonderfully perfumed with honey, crystallized orange peel, apricot and pineapple, on the palate its sweetness is balanced with a racy acidity. Another favorite that never disappoints is Château Pontet-Canet Paulliac 2004, I’d tasted the 2003 many a time and described it on these pages, ahhh!

I liked again the Elvi wines, which I first tasted on Sunday evening. The second time around (at a different time of day) at KFWE 2012, they tasted even better!

In 2009, I was introduced to Biniamyna‘s The Cave by my good friend, winemaker Asaf Paz. Since then The Cave – Hamaara,  has become a favorite and the new vintage (2007) they introduced at the show certainly did not disappoint. Deep garnet in color, on the nose it has strong tones of blackberry and chocolate, full-bodied, with subtly gripping notes of spicy wood it all comes together with currant, blackberry and citrus peel notes. Leaves you with a long finish filled with appealing hints of licorice. As far as I’m concerned The Cave is Israel’s top wine, certainly my favorite and SYR fully agrees with me on this one!

My favorite champagne Drappier Carte Blanche was among the French selections I’ve sipped, and this tasting further cemented everything I wrote about it before. I also enjoyed tremendously the Drappier Carte d’Or. It’s got a rich bronzed gold color, with sweet briar on the nose quickly giving way to white peaches, on the palate it shows ripe fruits like peach and apricot with a delightful but very subtle hint of Austrian pastry, all leading to a very long finish.

I didn’t get to taste as many wines as I liked (and this post is starting to get a bit longer than my usual ones), as I was taping this evening’s radio show but both Geila Hocherman and SYR tell me that I must at least mention the Shiloh Chardonnay 2009, which both found flavorful, fruity and with just the right balance of sweetness and acidity. Being partial to elegant French wines they loved the Baron Edmond de Rothschild Haut Medoc 2006, with notes of blackberries and tobacco on the palate with a long finish. An oak aged blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot. It is a medium bodied, dark ruby in color, with soft tannins and gentle wood integrating nicely to show a generous array of cassis, red and black berry fruits with hints of fine herbs, all on an appealingly spicy background. I’ve had this wine before and I have to fully agree with their assessment.

So many incredible wines, so little time… Tomorrow we will discuss the food experience at this event.

Meanwhile, don’t forget to tune in to this evening’s internet radio show, at 7:30pm (Eastern Time).



Kosher Food & Wine Experience 2012 – Part 1

A sneak Preview of Great Wines

Kosher Food & Wine Experience 2011 – Part 2

Kosher Food & Wine Experience 2011 – Part 1

2010 Kosher Restaurant & Wine Experience – The Event


A Conversation with Royal Wine Corporation’s Gary Landsman

Tomorrow evening at 8:00pm (Eastern Time), on, we will talk with Gary Landsman about the new wines and liquors from all over the world the company introduced since KFWE 2011. We will talk about how the Kosher Food and Wine Experience has progressively grown into the mega event it’s billed to be this year. Between the restaurants and wineries at the show there will be plenty to see, taste and enjoy.

Meanwhile, if you missed our show last week, why not listen to the archived recording right here. We spoke with Reyna Simnegar the author of Persian Food from The Non-Persian Bride, a beautifully produced book with delicious Persian and Sephardic recipes and great photography.

Well, gentle reader, please listen to our show tomorrow evening at 8:ppm (Eastern Time). We’ll be wait’n for ya!


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