Jewish Journal

Jeff Smith

  • The Cask serves up kosher wines for connoisseurs

    April 2, 2015 | 6:12 pm

    In the past, trying to put together a kosher wine tasting was a challenge because it seemed the major stores offered so few choices. A quick look at the inventory of some of the more sympathetic non-kosher wine shops around Los Angeles reveals a mere page of choices, but if you...

  • 11th Commandment: Thou Shalt Not Settle for bad kosher wine

    September 18, 2014 | 11:42 am

    Being a Wine Snob can be a burden at times. The expression is a mild pejorative that I wear as a badge of honor. We Wine Snobs don’t think we’re better than other people — the unwashed multitudes buying their screw-cap bottles with pictures of colorful animals on the labels in the...

  • Maker of Kosher Wine Takes His Covenant Seriously

    March 16, 2010 | 5:37 pm

    A friend came over to dinner the other night with a bottle of wine that he described as “interesting.”

    “Interesting” is one of those loaded words that can mean different things depending on the context.  It can be an affirmation that someone is on the right track, as in,...

  • Finally —delicious kosher wine

    April 10, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Wine and vineyards have been part of Israel's landscape from the beginning of biblical times, with references that include the drunken behavior of several patriarchs of Judaism, including Lot and King David. Despite this storied history, most of the wine was kosher, made in the...