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  • Wine Tasting in Ventura. Who Knew?

    By Ilana Angel

    November 9, 2014 | 8:20 pm

    I was invited to the opening of a new winery. Not one to turn down an opportunity to enjoy a glass of wine, I happily agreed to go. I planned to drive to Santa Barbara, go to the opening, and spend the night. I had the weekend planned out and was excited. I booked a hotel room and...

  • What did King David drink? Israeli wine researchers aim to revive ancient libations

    September 30, 2014 | 12:15 pm

    The small cardboard box in Elyashiv Drori’s palm looks like it’s full of black pebbles.

    Closing the box quickly, he explains that it cannot be open for long. The pebble-like pieces, which were uncovered in an archaeological dig near Jerusalem’s Old City, are in fact remains of a...

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

    By Jeff Smith

    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...

  • Cooking with wine: A spirited menu

    By Judy Zeidler

    July 16, 2014 | 11:19 am

    The addition of wine to your favorite recipes can impart wonderful flavor, but too much or the wrong style can potentially ruin a delicious dish. 

    Example: Fish is usually better with the addition of white wine — except when using a pinot noir with a salmon recipe. Red wine can...

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  • Gifts for a retiring boomer

    By Julie Bien

    June 25, 2014 | 2:10 pm

    For many baby boomers, retirement is just around the corner. Why not celebrate their hard work and this golden milestone with a retirement gift? Whether they plan to spend the next phase of life jet-setting or pursuing more domestic interests, they deserve something special to mark...

  • Pollo alla Cacciatora - The Hunter’s Wife’s Chicken [Recipe]

    By Elana Horwich

    January 17, 2014 | 9:00 am

    For years I was misled about the true meaning of the names of famous Italian dishes such as pollo alla cacciatora, penne all'arrabbiata, cotolette alla milanesa. But truth be told, what seems to be the correct etymological reasoning behind these titles is entirely boring. I am much...

  • Mulled Spiced Pears [Recipe]

    By Elana Horwich

    December 23, 2013 | 9:00 am

    Making desserts has gotten a bad rap. We are convinced it will be a lengthy process that requires flour getting all over the kitchen and some type of custard that requires needle-point precision. But who cares about that when desserts scream out the “f-word” -fattening- so loud...

  • People of the Vine: Rob Eshman talks Jews, wine and history with Jeff Morgan

    By Rob Eshman

    August 28, 2013 | 12:13 pm

    Jeff Morgan is winemaker and co-owner of Covenant Wines, based in Napa Valley, where he makes kosher wine under the Covenant, RED C and Landsman labels.


    Rob Eshman: To start, let’s put aside, for a moment, the distinction between kosher and non-kosher wine and pose a more...

  • Perfect Summer Sangria [Recipe]

    By Elana Horwich

    August 14, 2013 | 9:00 am

    Sangria is tricky. Made well, it is a mouth-enlivening sensory experience formed by the perfect marriage between earthy notes of good wine and the sweet acidity of juicy fruits.

    At worst, it is a hangover that doesn’t quit and a headache that splits temples in two. I’ve been...

  • Excitement You Can Taste

    By Michael Israel

    June 24, 2013 | 10:14 am

    Summer has arrived. In my opinion, there is nothing better on a hot summer day than spicy food. Interestingly enough, the greatest spicy cuisines come from very hot regions such as Southeast Asia, Central America and North Africa. Some studies show that eating spicy food on a hot...

  • Wine and Cheese Gets an Upgrade

    By Arielle Adelman

    May 16, 2013 | 9:56 am

    Creativity is born from inspiration and that is exactly how I cook. Following a recipe is near impossible for me so I find inspiration from visiting farmer’s markets, watching a food show on tv, reading a travel magazine, or in yesterday’s case, reading a health article.  In case...

  • Pesach without wine

    March 21, 2013 | 3:23 am

    How can we have Passover without wine? This is a question that is asked of me each year as Passover approaches. I always answer that the blessing is over the fruit of the vine and grape juice is perfectly acceptable. I then ask a different set of questions.

    Passover is the...

  • Sober seders spreading

    March 21, 2013 | 2:24 am

    It’s rare that an Orthodox rabbi chooses to omit an important Jewish ritual in his holiday celebrations.

    But in the spring of 2000, Rabbi Yosef Lipsker cleared his living room of furniture, set up three large dining tables and invited dozens of people to a special seder that...

  • Not your grandfather’s Israeli wine

    February 20, 2013 | 8:57 am

    You can’t go wrong with a bottle of wine from one of Israel’s big five wineries — Carmel, Barkan, Golan Heights, Binyamina, Teperberg — or from other well-known brands whose consistent quality has earned them a solid place on American retail shelves, such as Tishbi, Dalton, Galil...

  • For California mountain man, road to God runs through kosher wine

    February 1, 2013 | 9:48 am

    Producing wine atop a tranquil mountain in a remote area of northern California is quite a way to make a living. For Benyamin Cantz, whose one-man operation in the hills of Santa Cruz produces kosher wine from organic grapes, it's also a calling.

    “This is my livelihood but I...

  • Real Housewives of NYC – She is Coma Toast!

    By Ilana Angel

    August 28, 2012 | 3:16 pm

    The much anticipated three part trip to St. Barths has begun.  We start with the flight onto the small island and Carole talking about the loss of John and Caroline.  I love Carole and actually don’t like it when she talks about them. She seems uncomfortable when she does and I...

  • RHONYC Hits a New Low

    By Ilana Angel

    August 19, 2012 | 5:28 pm

    Back from my vacation in Canada, I returned to what may be the most horrific episode of the Real Housewives of New York City.  These chicks are completely insane and I’m not sure why I was so anxious to see what I missed.  It is 2 in the afternoon and yes, I am drinking.

    We start...

  • This year, more Angelenos than ever get Passover aid from local agencies

    By Ryan Torok

    April 11, 2012 | 12:45 pm

    This year, more than 1,000 Los Angeles families in need received food from organizations that provide assistance specifically for Passover.

    During the weeks leading up to the first seder, on April 6, visitors to distribution sites set up by agencies, synagogues and organizations...

  • Day 715 - Murder at a Purim Feast

    By Salvador Litvak

    March 1, 2012 | 8:36 pm

    As Purim approaches, we encounter a Talmudic conundrum:

    Rava said: One must become so intoxicated on Purim that he cannot distinguish between “Cursed is Haman” and “Blessed is Mordechai.” Rabbah and Rav Zeira celebrated the Purim feast together. They became intoxicated....

  • Old land, new wines

    November 17, 2011 | 11:33 am

    As Israeli wines win medal after medal in international competitions, their entry into the mainstream fine wine market is hardly news anymore.

    And yet, says Gary Landsman, director of marketing for the importer Royal Wine Corp., Israeli wines are lately reaching new benchmarks.

    ...
  • Tasting with the Napa Wine Project

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    November 15, 2011 | 5:58 pm

    Please enjoy this Guest Post from Dave at Dave’s Travel Corner:

    Thanks to George and Lisa for this guest post!

    I first met them early this year at a travel blogging event at the Biltmore in downtown and have since been to several of their events including the very well attended...

  • Kosher wine shop a spirited addition to Pico-Robertson

    July 13, 2011 | 10:50 am

    Jewish wine enthusiasts in Pico-Robertson now have a specialty shop of their own where they can taste, talk about and buy kosher wines from all over the world. The Cask, which opened its doors in April, plans to offer more than 500 kosher wines and 125 scotches when fully stocked, in...

  • Shopping: Only by Israel

    April 25, 2011 | 11:31 am

    Dive into all things Israeli this month in support of the country’s 63rd birthday. From the unique and creative beauty of Israeli fashion designers’ lines to Israel-based organizations that have made it their mission to help the less fortunate, these pieces reflect the Jewish...

  • Golan Heights Winery takes Italian first prize

    April 8, 2011 | 10:24 am

    For the first time, the grand prize at Italy’s leading international wine competition has been awarded to an Israeli winery.

    The Golan Heights Winery, founded in 1983 in Katzrin, beat out 3,720 wines from from more than 1,000 producers in 30 countries to take home the so-called...

  • Everyone is Suddenly Irish on March 17th!

    By Julia Bendis

    March 18, 2011 | 11:33 am

    Why does everyone become Irish on St. Patrick’s day?  Even the Jews.  When has it become a good thing for Jews to start drinking?  Have you ever seen Jewish people drink?  No, that’s because most of us can’t hold down our liquor, and its not pretty.

    I am definitely the “drinker” in...

  • Very random thoughts…

    By Julia Bendis

    January 21, 2011 | 6:05 pm

    As I was visiting my kids’ Pediatrician the other day, again, I thought about how often I am in there.  Is it strange that I am on a first name basis with the front desk staff, or that I know more about what’s going on in their life than I need to know?  Speaking of knowing too much...

  • Montreal synagogue charged for importing wine

    May 25, 2010 | 12:27 pm

    A Montreal synagogue was charged with circumventing the government’s liquor regulator by importing its own wines and spirits.

    Prosecutors filed civil charges against 10 members of the Toldos Yakov Yosef of Skver Congregation after police seized nearly 900 liters of wines and spirits...

  • A Vineyard Blooms in the Negev

    By Adam Wills

    April 2, 2009 | 3:58 am

    “It is in the Negev that the creativity and pioneer vigor of Israel shall be tested,” David Ben-Gurion said more than 50 years ago.

    Israel’s first prime minister expected others to follow after he moved into Israel’s southern desert in 1954, when he was still in office. He...

  • Finally —delicious kosher wine

    By Jeff Smith

    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...
  • Meet that little old winemaker, Ben-Zaken

    By Meredith Price

    April 10, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    A narrow, winding road through the verdant Judean valley leads up to the Domaine du Castel winery. Just a few kilometers away from Jerusalem and nestled atop a small peak in the residential Ramat Raziel Moshav, the vineyard overlooks a natural landscape of gentle, rolling hills. In...
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