The Kosher Terroir

The Kosher Terroir

We are enjoying incredible global growth in Kosher wine. From here in Jerusalem, Israel, we will uncover the latest trends, speak to the industry's movers and shakers, and point out ways to quickly improve your wine-tasting experience. Please tune in for some serious fun while we explore and experience The Kosher Terroir... www.TheKosherTerroir.com +972-58-731-1567 +1212-999-4444 TheKosherTerroir@gmail.com Thursdays 6:30pm Eastern Time on the NSN Network and the NSN App

Episodes

April 18, 2024 140 mins

Ever wonder how a seasoned winemaker navigates the plethora of choices for Pesach wines? 17 Global Wine Celebrities join us to share their vast knowledge and offer a blend of wisdom on pairing the perfect wines with your Seder meal. From the first cup of robust red to the sweet sips that bid us goodnight, we traverse the globe, uncorking personal customs and rich traditions that promise to make your Seder as memorable as the exodus...

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Embark on a voyage with Michael Kaye of Invei Winery, as he recounts his extraordinary transformation from a book editor to a pioneer in the kosher winemaking scene of Berkeley, California. His story is a tapestry of heavenly direction, from an amusing mix-up in kosher oversight to the forging of his craft through the guidance of vintner maestros in the fertile valleys of California and the ancient terroirs of Israel. Through Micha...

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Embark on a Wine Concierges adventure with me, Simon Jacob, as we traverse the landscape of Israeli wines and the personal journey of Eli Freedman from Cork Cellar. From Boston to Montreal and finally planting roots in Israel, Eli discusses the tale of his passion for wine that blossomed into a flourishing wine services company. Our conversation traverses the robust world of kosher wines, celebrating the rise of Israeli viticulture...

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Unlock the secrets of wine preservation with me, your host Simon Jacob, as we navigate the delicate art of keeping your bottles at their best. From the bustling energy of Tel Aviv to the serenity of your own home, this dialogue is a deep dive into the factors that protect the essence of each varietal. We tackle the conventional wisdom on temperature, challenging you to consider the underappreciated role of vibration and humidity in...

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March 20, 2024 18 mins

As the streets of Jerusalem whisper with the history of Purim, I find myself wrestling with a dichotomy of celebration and sorrow—a reality for many in the Jewish community. This episode of The Kosher Terroir isn't just another recount of Purim's festivities; it's a candid reflection on the turbulence shaking our world, from the rise in antisemitism to the echoes of violence since Simchat Torah. With a heart heavy ye...

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Embark on a heartwarming journey with Moises and David Cohen from Elvi Wines as they weave a tale of reviving Spain's Jewish winemaking tradition, a craft unpracticed since the 15th century. Join us from the Cohens' visitor center in Priorat as we uncork the story behind Spain's only completely kosher winery. The family's dedication to sustainable and biodynamic winemaking practices across six distinctive terroi...

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Witness the resilience of the human spirit through the eyes of Yisca and Neta, brave women who bear the weight of their family winery while their husbands are called to the front lines. Today, we bring you their compelling stories from HaSela Winery, where the vines are nourished not just by nature, but by the unyielding determination of those who tend them. As we reconnect with these families, we delve into the realities of war&ap...

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Wine is more than just a drink; it's a journey bottled within each glass. Today, we uncork the story of Ernie Weir, the founder of Hagafen Cellars, who has masterfully blended the art of winemaking with the nuances of Kosher tradition. His experiences stretch from the ritual Kiddush to pioneering an inclusive Napa Valley winery that invites connoisseurs and novices alike to savor the complexity of Kosher wine. As Ernie shares ...

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Embark on a sensory expedition with me, Simon Jacob, as we uncover the alchemy of winemaking at Agur Winery, perched in the Judean Hills. Our hosts, Elad Katz, Eyal Drori, and Shoki Yishuv, invite us into their realm where time-honored methods meld with avant-garde technology. Picture a Carignan, aged with an innovative nod to Priorat's ancient clay pot fermentation, telling its tale through each sip. As we traverse the winery...

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I invite you to a journey steeped in history and taste with Agur Winery's CEO Elad Katz and it's head winemaker Eyal Drori. We raise our glasses to the birth of its new vineyard and the winery's 26th vintage, each sip revealing the narratives of the land and the passion of its people. You'll meet Elad and Eyal, witness their serendipitous partnership with founder Shoki Yishov, and share in the innovation within ...

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Embark on a vinicultural voyage with Nathan Hill, the physicist who traded in his lab coat for the lush vineyards of the world’s finest kosher wines. In our latest episode, we uncork Nathan's story, tracing his path from North London to the helm of Honest Grapes - an inclusive wine club that's shaking up the elitism of the wine industry. We delve into the creation of this revolutionary platform, where rare vintages and le...

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As we uncork the mysteries of winemaking in the historic vineyards of Israel, Dr. Shivi Drori and Yiftach Lustig join us to weave a tale of ancient grapes and modern triumphs. Our glasses are filled with the fruits of their labor as we sip on Gva'ot Winery's finest and discuss the rediscovery of native grape varieties once lost to time. The narrative takes us through the evolution of Israeli viticulture, from the influenc...

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Discover the rich tapestry of Jewish tradition and spirituality as we gather around my Jerusalem dining table with Rav Yakov Avraham Shepherd and my son Ovadiah for a mystical TuB'Shevat Seder. Rabbi Shepherd, steeped in Kabbalistic wisdom, guides us through the holiday's profound significance—heralded as the new year for trees—while intertwining insights into Jewish laws like Shemitah and Orla. Our conversation blossoms ...

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As the sun sets on another bustling week, we gather around the table with Kenny Friedman and Eitan G to toast the complexities of Israeli wines, revealing a palette of untold stories within each glass. Our Shabbat conversation uncorks the lesser-known world of Israeli white wines and discusses the spiritual significance of wine in Jewish culture while sipping on a delightful Vitkin 2015 Riesling. The clinking glasses echo our share...

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Venture into the rich tapestry of kosher Italian wines as I'm joined by the esteemed Dr. Ralph Madeb of M&M Importers and the compassionate Nunzio Castaldo of Panabianco Imports. Their stories weave through the dedication and exceptional standards of kosher winemaking, revealing the industry's heart and soul. From Nunzio's inspiring donation to Israel to the profound intersection of personal values and business, ...

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Embark on a vinicultural voyage with the illustrious Pierre Miodownik, the maestro of the kosher wine industry, as he narrates his exquisite journey from the quaint Languedoc to the revered vineyards of Grand Cru Bordeaux. Within the intimate setting of our latest episode, Pierre, the spirit of Natofa Winery, pours out tales of his collaboration with the Royal Wine Family, the challenges and successes of crafting kosher wine versio...

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Embark on a winemaking adventure with Eliyahu Margulis and Tzvi Zucker, the Winemakers behind Mosaic Cellars, who join me, Simon Jacob, to uncork the secrets of their innovative winery nestled in the hills of Dolev, Israel. Prepare to have your palate enlightened as we stroll through the vineyards of creativity and tradition, sampling the fruits of a partnership that began with a camping trip and flowered into a winery that defies ...

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Embark on a captivating odyssey through the storied vineyards of Israel with the venerable Eli Ben-Zaken of Castel Winery. We unravel the rich tapestry of Eli's life—from his Egyptian roots to his ascendancy as a trailblazer in Israeli viticulture. Our conversation traverses the hallowed grounds of his Ramat Razíel winery, now housing their sister brand Razíel, and delves into their exhilarating venture into sparkling wine ter...

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Get ready to embark on a flavorful journey as your hosts, Simon Jacob and Yechiel Wolgel, unravel the world of Israeli wines, sharing insights about the Shore family's legacy, the historic Montefiore Windmill, and the deep-rooted culture and history of Jerusalem. Throughout this episode, we tantalize your taste buds with the refreshing 2022 Sauvignon Blanc from the Jerusalem Hills. Prepare to be enlightened about the art of wi...

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When journeying through the world of wine, have you ever truly considered the connection between the land and the drink in your glass? Allow us to introduce you to a heartwarming story of resilience, passion, and the enduring power of the land. Our guest in this episode is Ari Pollock, a man who, together with his partner Tomer Panini, put their heart and soul into creating the Tom Winery, located in the picturesque Shomron region ...

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