Getting the Most From Your Kosher Wine: How to Taste Properly

Ernest Hemingway once said, “Wine is the most civilized thing in the world”. And if you’ve ever had the opportunity to hold a sparkling wine stem that is filled with a warm, velvety red or spritely and acidic white, you know what he’s talking about. There’s something very distinguished about drinking wine and kosher wine. It’s probably because it’s one of the world’s oldest beverage. There’s something sacred about drinking kosher wine. You truly can feel the history and timelessness with every sip. If you’re new to the world of kosher wine, and would like to join the world in their passion for this delicious beverage, you’re going to need to know the basics on how to really taste your kosher wine. Any kosher wine connoisseur will tell you that you can’t simply drink wine–unless you do it properly, you’re missing all of the wonderful nuances of the world’s most beloved beverage.

1) As hard as it may be, you have to really examine your kosher wine before you indulge in a taste. Fill a glass half full of kosher wine, hold it up to the light and tilt it. Study the color and how it looks on the glass. Red kosher wines can range from a brilliant ruby in color, a deep crimson, and even a bruised reddish-violet color. After you’ve taken in the color, note it’s clarity. Can you see through the glass, or is it opaque and murky? Cloudiness is rare, but it could also illustrate sediment, which means you should decant the wine before you drink it. The next thing you should do is swirl the wine around in the glass. Tiny rivulets of wine will streak down the sides of the glass, and these are often called tears or legs. The size of these, and the speed at which they appear indicate the wine’s viscosity, or thickness. Generally, the more viscous a wine is the higher quality it is. Swirling your wine in the glass also helps oxidize the wine, and really brings out the flavors. So swirling is important in more ways than one!

2) Now, after you’ve reviewed the color, clarity and viscosity, you’re ready to sniff. You should really stick your whole nose in the glass and take a big whiff. What do you smell? As a newbie, it may be hard to pinpoint specific notes and aromas, but the longer you taste and smell, the better you’ll get at identifying what is what. For instance, a fruity aroma may jump out at you in a Merlot, an oaky aroma may stick out if you’re sniffing a Chardonnay. When it comes to describing the scents wafting from your glass, it’s all up to the retronasal passage. This passage connects the throat and nose at the very back of the throat, and in turn makes us experience flavors in our mouth. Because of this passage, flavors are actually the combination of feeling and smelling the wine.

3) Now you’re finally ready to sip! Instead of quickly swallowing the wine, let it sit in your mouth. Evaluate its body, its texture, how it plays off your taste buds. Do you feel it’s dryness in the front or back of your mouth. Is it acidic or sweet? To really explore the many facets of your kosher wine, you’re going to need to move it around in your mouth quite a bit. is the premier online outlet for Kosher Wines from top regions like France, Italy, and Spain, as well as products from New York and California. We also stock classic kosher drinks like Manischewitz and Kedem wine , so go ahead and order an old favorite to go with your new favorites today!

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