Why was this night different than any other night?

18th annual Kosher Food & Wine Experience showcased the best wines and spirits for 2024.

Industry insiders sample myriad wines and spirits during the Kosher Food & Wine Experience. Credit: Courtesy of Royal Wine Corp.
Industry insiders sample myriad wines and spirits during the Kosher Food & Wine Experience. Credit: Courtesy of Royal Wine Corp.

The 18th Annual Kosher Food & Wine Experience, held at the New Jersey Meadowlands Hilton, featured the best wines and spirits from Royal Wine Corp., driving trends for Passover 2024 and beyond.

This year’s event, open to industry professionals only, was a gathering of manufacturers, buyers, suppliers, restaurateurs, retailers, chefs and caterers, who were on hand to talk directly to winemakers, taste new wines and participate in informational breakout sessions from experts. Topics included wines from Israel, tequila and bourbon, and the Herzog portfolio of Oxnard, Calif.

“The show underscores the vast array of kosher quality wines and spirits available on the market today, with hundreds of companies represented. And, the level and sophistication, diversity and excellence were clearly underscored this year,” said Gabriel Geller, Royal
Wine’s director of public relations.

“We are excited to partner with new wineries, and we continue to support and highlight the new products of our partner wineries of many years,” he said.

Among them is Israel’s Carmel Winery, which introduced Carmel Signature Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon 2021, beautifully showcases the goodness of the Galilee. They continue to bring to market new flavors, including Carmel Buzz, which are fruit-flavored Moscatos (pomegranate, mango, pineapple, apple and peach). Shiloh Winery brought its outstanding Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, and Petite Sirah Secret reserve wines, which are outstanding, garnering 90+ ratings every year from top influential wine critics.

“Royal Wine remains proudly the most prominent importer and distributor of Israeli wines, and we are dedicated to our Israeli partners both morally and from a business perspective.

Israel has so much to bring to the world, especially in terms of agriculture, technology and sustainability, and in these challenging times, we proudly raise the flag to the fantastic wines coming out of Israel,” adds Geller.

Among the new wine releases featured were:

Rocca delle Macie Chianti Classico, a world-famous winery producing kosher wine for the first time. This renowned and well-regarded brand is producing kosher wine for the first time exclusively for Royal Wine Corp. (with more to come), suggested retail price, $25.

Lovatelli, a new line of fine and affordable Italian wines, including a Salento Primitivo, suggested retail price, $17, and a Barbera d’Asti, suggested retail price, $25. Coming soon: Nebbiolo, a super Tuscan, as well as two new vermouths.

Cantina Giuliano, a fully kosher boutique winery started in 2014 in Tuscany, Italy. The winery was started by a young couple, who inherited wineries from their grandparents. It’s now fully kosher with new bottles and labeling.

Many new kosher wines are being imported from South Africa by ESSA and J Folk wineries, among them: Chenin Blanc, Pinotage, Cabernet Sauvignon and more.

Bartenura, flavored Moscatos in cans such as peach, lychee and new blueberry

Château Dauzac Grand Cru Classé and Aurore de Dauzac Margaux ’21

Chateau Roubine Cru Classé Lion and Dragon Red

Des Moisans Deau Cognac Privilege

Herzog Lineage Momentus Rose

J de Villebois Sancerre Pinot Noir

Kamisa Winery, Galilee, Israel

Malbec du Clos Triguedina – Cahors

Shamay Winery Upper Galilee, Israel 

New Carmel Black Cabernet Sauvignon, Galilée, Israel, suggested retail price, $30

Brio de Château Cantenac Brown, Margaux

This year’s KFWE was enhanced with a delicious selection of catered food offerings from Sushi Tokyo, West Wing, Slice & Sizzle and Fruits by Pesha.

The Kosher Food & Wine Experience is produced each year by the Royal Wine Corporation with shows in New York and Los Angeles, as well as worldwide events in London and Tel Aviv.

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Largest manufacturer, importer and exporter of kosher wines and spirits. Founded in 1848, Royal Wine Corp.’s mission is to be the premier manufacturer, importer and distributor of specialty wines, spirits and liqueurs from around the world. The commitment to perfection and family tradition spans over eight generations and has experienced growth since its beginning. Royal’s portfolio of domestic and international wines ranges from traditional wine producing regions of France, Italy, and Spain to up and coming ones like Israel, New Zealand, and Argentina. Additionally, Royal Wine Corp.’s spirit and liqueur portfolio offer some of the most sought-after scotches, bourbons, tequilas and vodkas as well as hard to find specialty items such as flavored brandies and liqueurs. The company owns and operates the Kedem Winery in upstate New York, as well as Herzog Wine Cellars in Oxnard, California, a state-of-the-art-facility featuring guided wine tours, a fully staffed modern tasting room, gift shop and catering facilities. Additionally, the winery houses the award-winning restaurant Tierra Sur, serving the finest, Mediterranean-inspired, contemporary Californian Cuisine.
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