This Week on the WineGuyMike™ Radio Show© Yossie Horwitz on Israeli and Kosher Wine


Check out the radio show on The Trail 103.3FM and Fresh 104.5FM.  The live stream feed is online at http://www.trail1033.com where you can click on “Listen Live”.  The WineGuyMike™ Radio Show© airs on both radio stations Sunday mornings at 10:00AM MST.

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This week’s podcast with Yossie Horwitz, Israeli wine expert http://bit.ly/WineGuyMikeShow

Last week’s podcast with Frank Sterns of Aurielle Vineyards http://trail1033.podbean.com/2012/05/06/wine-guy-mike-for-may-6th/

NBC Montana Today TV Segment on Easter wines and food pairing; http://www.nbcmontana.com/video/30847522/index.html

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Ciao Mambo, “Eat Like You Mean It”, located in Missoula on The Hip Strip.  Find them online at www.CiaoMambo.com

Sleep City Missoula  www.SleepCity.com

Liquid Planet “Best of Beverage” and a great place to find your holiday wine located in the heart of downtown Missoula.

Georges Distributing in Helena, Montana.

WineGuyMike would like to wish all Mom’s around the world a Happy Mother’s Day today.  As we talk about wine today I would like to propose a toast with my finest wine to all Moms’, and in the spirit of todays radio show and blog post l’chaim. 

This week Yossie Horwitz joined me from Manhattan, New York to dispel the misconceptions of the sacramental wines enjoyed by the Jewish religion and culture.  Yossie is an attorney at a major International law firm by day, after hours he is the authority on Israeli wine and the production and protocol of Kosher wine.

This was a topic I’ve been interested in for a long time.  As I mention in today’s show the word Kosher is used in every day conversation as “good” or “okay”, well I wanted to know more.  Most wine drinkers remember Manischewitz, as a kid growing up in New York in the 60’s that was about the only thing you could find on the grocery store shelf.  At least that was true until Mateus wine, the sweet frizzante rose´ from Portugal adorned the shelves of stores everywhere.

Manischewitz was sweet, heavy and cloying, which is why kosher wines carried such a negative connotation.  Today’s featured guest Yossie Horwitz, a real expert in this area cleared up for us.  I’m not going to go into great detail today, but I will direct you to the podcast of Yossie and WineGuyMike’s entire conversation that really covers all the detail on Israeli and Kosher wines; http://bit.ly/WineGuyMikeShow

The truth about kosher wines:

  1. Any wine can be Kosher if produced and made within guidelines set forth by Jewish Law and overseen by a recognized Rabbi
  2. Wines remain Kosher for Jews if opened and served by a fellow practicing Jew
  3. Kosher wine is not only enjoyed on a daily basis but is also used for sacramental and ceremonial purposes by those of the Jewish Faith
  4. Today’s Kosher wines can be world-class

Israeli wines are becoming more readily available in the United States, albeit a bit expensive due to excise tax from importation.  According to Yossie and WineGuyMike’s research Israeli wines can be outstanding.  Israel’s wine country and its terroir have been recognized by European wine producers who have partnered with existing wineries and winemakers.  As Yossie informed the listeners on the show this is a retail segment that is experiencing growth around the world.  The terroir in certain wine country areas of Israel are perfect for developing Bordeaux and Rhone grape varietals.  This coupled with the Old World influence of European winemaking and New World winemaking technique of young Israeli winemakers is producing outstanding wines that we should taste. As Yossie pointed out many of the wines being produced in Israel are worthy of the term he coined, “Super Israeli Wines”.

Yossie is one of the annual judges for the Jewish Week’s Kosher Wine Guide and is leading a tour of Israeli wineries this summer for Emunah of America (a not for profit). He was also recently interviewed on NPR on the topic of kosher wines.  Yossie also selects and writes about wines for the Leket Wine Club which benefits Leket Israel, Israel’s national food bank and food rescue organization (on whose board he actively sits).  To connect with Yossie you should join him on his website; www.yossiescorkboard.com where he shares extensive information and has a newsletter you can subscribe to.

WineGuyMike’s Israeli wine recommendation for you this week is from Recanati Winery.

Recanati Cabernet Sauvignon

This wine is made from Cabernet Sauvignon grapes harvested in their choice Galilee vineyards.  The aroma of this full bodied wine comprises hues of cassis and black forest fruits with hints of black pepper, cloves and nutmeg.

Aged in French and American oak with intense tannins this well balanced wine must be decanted to enjoy it at its best now.  This wine will age well for 3-5 years. Enjoy pairings of choice beef, lamb and smoked piquant cheeses.

This Super-Israeli wine receives the WineGuyMike™ Seal of Approval™.

I want to thank my friend Yossie Horwitz for joining the WineGuyMike radio show this week, it was a real pleasure.

You can listen to the show live on the Trail 103.3FM or U 104.5FM.  These shows are podcast for your convenience and available on my blog at; www.WineGuyMike.wordpress.com

From my table to yours,

"from my table to yours"

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This Week on the WineGuyMike™ Radio Show© Frank Sterns of Aurielle Vineyards in the Napa Valley


Check out the radio show on The Trail 103.3FM and Fresh 104.5FM.  The live stream feed is online at http://www.trail1033.com where you can click on “Listen Live”.  The WineGuyMike™ Radio Show© airs on both radio stations Sunday mornings at 10:00AM MST.

Social Media links;

Today’s Podcast Frank Sterns of Aurielle Vineyards http://trail1033.podbean.com/2012/05/06/wine-guy-mike-for-may-6th/

Last week’s podcast with Justin Wylie and Va Piano Vineyards; http://trail1033.podbean.com/2012/04/22/wine-guy-mike-for-april-22/

NBC Montana Today TV Segment on Easter wines and food pairing; http://www.nbcmontana.com/video/30847522/index.html

YouTube; My YouTube channel of course is WineGuyMike™ or the actual URL link: http://www.youtube.com/user/WineGuyMike?feature=mhum

Facebook; WineGuyMike please “like”

Twitter; @WineGuyMike please follow me

Ciao Mambo, “Eat Like You Mean It”, located in Missoula on The Hip Strip.  Find them online at www.CiaoMambo.com

Sleep City Missoula  www.SleepCity.com

Liquid Planet “Best of Beverage” and a great place to find your holiday wine located in the heart of downtown Missoula.

Georges Distributing in Helena, Montana.

Featuring guests such as Frank Sterns is why I love doing what I do, all things wine media.  Frank is a modern day example of what this country is founded on, hard work, dreams, and tenacity, an entrepreneurial success story.

A native Californian who now resides in Florida Sterns career focus was the Audio/Video Industry.  He built a very successful sound business that not only required hard work but entertaining his clients also.  As Sterns recalled during our conversation good wine while dining with clients had a true impact on the success of his business.

Sterns passion for wine grew throughout his career and in 2005 when he sold his sound company.   His exit strategy involved a new dream and a new plan, to build a winery in the Napa Valley.  It was while dining at the renowned French Laundry restaurant that Sterns focused in on the wines that he loved and the type of wine he was determined he was going to make at his winery.

Sterns business acumen and wisdom led him to UC Davis where he studied various wine courses he knew would be crucial in building and running a successful winery operation.  This also provided Sterns the background he would need to partner with a likeminded winemaker.

Aurielle Vineyards grapes are grown in three premium vineyards in the mountain appellations of Mt. Veeder and Howell Mountain.  The Mt. Veeder vineyards are located at the northern edge of the appellation providing lush, dark, earthy fruit.  The soils of Mt. Veeder consist of pushed up sea bed that lend to that style of fruit.

The Howell Mountain vineyard is located at high altitude producing big concentrated red fruits.  Howell Mountain was formed from volcanic eruptions producing very different fruit from Mt. Veeder.  These contrasting styles of fruit brought together in the hands of a great winemaker can become amazing wine.

Enter Chad Alexander who grew up in this area and really has a sixth sense of the land, the fruits it produces, and what to do with it from vintage to vintage.  Chad is a former head winemaker for Robert Craig and produces a style of wine, Napa Valley mountain cabernets, that Frank Sterns sought to produce.

Aurielle Vineyards produces distinctive world-class wines utilizing the science of grape growing and winemaking combined with skillful winemaking that is unencumbered by constraints of production costs or quotas.

Sterns has formed relationships with premium grape growers that only work with the finest of winemakers and winery’s committed to producing the very best wine.  That is exactly what Sterns and Alexander have produced in their 2008 vintage of Aurielle Cabernet Sauvignon.  Not only is the 2008 Aurielle Cabernet a world-class wine of distinct character and typicity, it is also very unique.  The winemaking blend of Howell Mountain and Mt. Veeder fruit is rare but Alexander has done an artful job in making this wine.

The Aurielle 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon has depth of color, elegant in the glass, nearly purple, beautifully vicious.

A floral, spicy nose, red fruit, black fruit, and enticing aroma that is big yet complex, smooth and silky.  A few descriptions usually reserved for the palate yet were appropriate comments for the aroma of this sophisticated wine.

Pumice like tannin great the palate coating the sides of the mouth with velvet silk. Plum, spice, earthen leather, and a hint of vanilla from the judicious use of oak, and then a lingering nuance of berry is memorable, a treat for anyone’s palate, even the most sophisticated of wine drinkers.

I enjoyed this wine so much I shared it with Missoula proprietor Ed Wells of The Depot restaurant last night as I enjoyed this superb wine with my dinner.  My main course was beef, I had to pair this wine with a medium-rare New York cut that was peppered and dressed with Maytag Blue cheese.  I want more of each right now as I think about this very memorable pairing.

Frank Sterns and Chad Alexander have made an exceptional wine in their Aurielle 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon and I thank them both for sharing it with me.  This impeccable wine receives the WineGuyMike™ Seal of Approval™.

You can listen to the show live on the Trail 103.3FM or U 104.5FM.  These shows are podcast for your convenience and available on my blog at; www.WineGuyMike.wordpress.com

From my table to yours,

"from my table to yours"