In terms of kosher wine, we've come a long way from Manischewitz Concord grape wine. Covenant, a Cabernet Sauvignon from Jeff Morgan, can stand head to head with some of the best Cabernets of Napa Valley. Good, drinkable — and often delicious — kosher wines come from wine regions all over the world.
And on Wednesday, Herzog Wine Cellars, the giant kosher winery based in Oxnard, hosts KFWE, Kosher Food & Wine Experience 2015, the Hollywood edition. If you want to see what the new kosher wines are all about, this is the event. And like any proper wine festival, its lineup includes not only premium wines from around the world, but also craft spirits — and food from seven Southern California kosher restaurants.
If you were expecting a rather modest event, think bigger. KFWE, which has sister events in London, New York and Miami, features more than 300 wines from France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Israel, Argentina, Chile, New Zealand, Australia and the United States. Estates pouring include Champagne Drappier, Domaine du Castel and Carmel Winery from Israel, Laurent-Perrier Champagne, Teal Lake from Australia, Porto Cordovero from Portugal, Domaines Rolland de By from Bordeaux and Zion from Israel.
Craft spirits pouring at the event include Cognac Louis Royer from France, Legend of Kremlin Premium Russian Vodka, Los Arango tequila from Mexico, and Schmerling's chocolate liqueur, and more.
And as for noshing, well, Herzog winery's in-house restaurant Tierra Sur has you covered, along with bites from Top Chef alum Alex Reznik of Ditmas Kitchen & Cocktails, Meshuga 4 Sushi, Pat's Restaurant, Shiloh's Steak House, Thai Kosher and La Gondola Restaurant.
The event takes place Wednesday from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at the glam W Hollywood Hotel. Tickets are $125 ($90 for members). And of course, for high rollers, there's VIP admission at $175 ($140 for members), which buys you access to wines, restaurants, a VIP lounge, a cocktail bar, a hand-rolled cigar bar and a library wine bar.
Did I hear hand-rolled cigar bar?