- Courtesy of Eric Segelbaum, Food & Wine Magazine’s 2019 Sommelier of the Year.
- Introducing new wines for Easter
- Tasting with the official KFWE Tasting Set – www.TheKFWE.com
- James Beard won the award for the celebrity chef’s culinary demonstration.
- KFWE 2021 is presented by the Royal Wine Corp. of New Jersey.
(21 FEB, 2021, New York, NY) – With its many participants, the annual Kosher Food and Wine Festival (KFWE) is undeniably one of the hottest tickets in the world of kosher cuisine. These major events in New York, California, Israel, Miami and London draw thousands of restaurateurs, chefs and foodies throughout the year who are eager to sample the latest and greatest kosher wines and creative dishes.
Fans of the series will be happy to know that social distance will not ruin this year’s celebration. Those coveted tickets won’t be necessary when the 15th annual kosher food and wine show goes virtual on Sunday, February 21, at 5:30 p.m. (Eastern Time). Everyone is invited to join the pros in sipping and enjoying this free live event presented by New Jersey’s Royal Wine Corp.
Program highlights include a wine tasting with guide Jay Buchsbaum, Vice President of Wine Marketing and Education at Royal Wine; Eric Segelbaum, Food & Wine Magazine’s 2019 Sommelier of the Year; blogger Gabrielle Geller, Director of Public Relations at Royal Wine; and more.
“We spent a lot of time backstage figuring out how to safely guide people through the experience and still keep the essence of the show,” Buchsbaum said. “Yes, it will be a little different this year, but the virtual format creates new opportunities. The more intimate the environment, the more we can delve into the winemaking, the wine cellar and the winemaking process, for example.”
Another innovation is the official KFWE wine tasting kit, which allows viewers to taste wines at home with the experts. Each kit contains 100 ml samples of 25 popular wines, each sufficient for 2 to 3 servings, from some of the world’s most renowned vineyards. The kits also include a tasting guide, recipe sheets and shopping lists that guests can use to cook. The tasting kits, which cost $250, are also available for purchase. The kits (plus shipping and handling) can be ordered at www.TheKFWE.com. Order by February 12 to ensure delivery in time for the event. Buyers must be 21 or older to order.
Of course, there would be no KFWE without food. Michael Solomonov, star chef, restaurateur and winner of the James Beard Award, will be joined by chef Gabe Garcia of Tierra Sur and personalities from Kosher.com, the leading website for kosher food. Viewers can watch their demonstrations and cook together in real time. Detailed recipe sheets with shopping lists and preparation instructions will be available for download in advance.
“Just as Eric Segelbaum and Michael Solomonov are respected and admired in the global wine and culinary world,” said Gabe Geller of Royal Wine, “kosher and Israeli wines deserve the same unabashed quality and appreciation. The KFWE was created to get the message across to as many people as possible. Even if we launch KFWE on a smaller scale this year, by 2021 we will reach more people than ever before with this message.
The following publications are the focus this year – all kosher for Easter :
- Carmel Signature Méditerranée 2017
- Barkan Special Reserve Winery Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
- Secret Reserve of Shiloh Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
- Hezril Argaman Valley 2017
- Binyamina, a diamond selected for 2017
- Gush Etzion Weingut Blessed Valley Chardonnay 2019
- Black Tulip 2017
- Netofa Dor 2017
- The Flaming Nobility 2017
- Tabor Malkia Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
- Psagot 2017 top
- Tepperberg Essence Malbec 2016
- Bottle from Hagafen Manor in Coombsville in the Napa Riesling Valley dry white 2018.
- Red Pact C 2017
- Ducal Variations Cabernet Sauvignon, 2019
- Duke Generation IX Deer Leap District Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018.
- Château Léoville Poyferre Saint-Julien 2017
- Château Santenay Les Bois de L’Allier Mercure 2019
- Château Guiro 1er Cru Sauternes 2019
- Château Giscourt Margaux 2017
- Château Montville Pomerol 2018
- Fallen Flor de Primavera Perai Haabib Montsan 2017
- Elvie Wines Herenza Rioja Reserva 2014
- Terra di Seta Chianti Classico Riserva 2016
- Red Mix Sforno Gran Reserva Mendoza 2020
For more information about the KFWE 2021, to register or to purchase the official KFWE 2021 Tasting Kit, please visit www.TheKFWE.com. Attendees will receive a link to view the live broadcast, as well as recipes, shopping lists and previews of popular wines.
About Royal Wine/Kedemia
Since 1948, the Royal Wine Corp, also known as Kedem, has been owned in the United States by the Herzog family, whose roots in winemaking go back eight generations to Czechoslovakia in the 19th century.
Today, Royal Wine’s portfolio includes national and international wines from the traditional wine regions of France, Italy and Spain, as well as Israel, New Zealand and Argentina. In addition, Royal Wine Corp.’s spirits and liqueurs portfolio includes some of the most sought-after whiskeys, bourbons, tequilas and vodkas, as well as hard-to-find specialties such as cognacs and flavored liqueurs.
The company owns and operates the Kedem Winery in New York State and the Herzog Winery in Oxnard, California, state-of-the-art facilities that include vineyard tours, a modern, fully-equipped tasting room, a gift store and a dining facility. In addition, the winery houses the award-winning restaurant Tierra Sur, which serves the finest Mediterranean wines inspired by contemporary California cuisine. Follow Royal Wines at Facebook.com/RoyalWineCorp/, and instagram.com/royalwinecorp/, and twitter.com/royalwinecorp.
6.3 million, 99% sold, 246 new world records.
DELAWARE – February 8, 2021 – The Acker Auction on Thursday and Friday night saw an explosion of activity, with bidders consistently exceeding estimates. The third annual Great Burgundy Day auction, worth $6.3 million, was 99 percent sold. On Friday evening, eleven electric lots in excellent condition closed, with 82% of all possible lots coming directly from these estates and selling for record prices. The demand for these perfectly sorted lots was incredible, and for two days there were 246 new world records as collectors continued to compete for the best and rarest wines in the world.
Of course, this sale was dedicated to Burgundy, as was the “Top Ten Lots,” with twelve exceptional bottles of Dujac Clos de la Roche 1985 in their original packaging selling for $130,725, a new world record. In second place came a rare twelve bottles of 2004 Domaine Leflaive Montrachet in OWC that sold for $112,050. A number of larger formats followed, with a 1997 Domaine de la Romanee Conti Hierovoam reaching $99,600, another new world record. Denis Ierovoam sold for $52,290 for fourth place, then a 1995 Methuselah DRC Romanee St. Vivant sold for $47,310 for fifth place, and a 2010 OWC record Domaine Leflaive Montrachet brought $43,575, a good sixth place. By a three-way tie, the two top Burgundy names moved up to seventh place as two bottles of 1980 DRC Romanee Conti, a 1996 Jeroboam DRC La Tache at OWC and twelve bottles of 1998 Domaine Leroy Latricieres Chambertin sold for $39,840 each, setting two new world records for standard bottlings. The first ten bottles of DRC La Tache from 1997, all costing $37,350, completed the top ten.
A list of 56 new world records from 11 direct mailings from the Domaine was launched by rising star Yvonne Clergé when a 2018 Clos de Vougeot Jeroboam sold for $1,619. At Château de la Tour, a 2017 Jéroboam Clos Vougeot Vieilles Vignes Hommage a Jean Morin sold for $1,743, followed by one of Domaine de Montille’s flagship vintages as the 2010 Jéroboam Vosne Romanee Les Malconsorts Cuvée Christiane for $4,731. The duels include new entries from historic estates in the form of a 1959 bottle of H. Gouges Nuits Saint Georges for $4.00. A 2007 Jéroboam de Montrachet Marquis de Lagis from the legendary Maison Joseph Drouhan brought $4,358. Gevrey Chambertin got good prices, with a 2018 Duroche Griotte Chambertin Magnum at $6,225 and a B. Dugat-Py Chambertin Vieilles Vignes for $6,848. A bottle of Hubert Lignier’s legendary 1978 Clos de la Roche sold for $7,470, followed by a stunning 2005 Magnum Meo Camuzet Vosne Romanee Cros Parantoux that brought the estimate down to $11,205. The new world records at Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair were led by a 2003 magnum, La Romanee, which sold for $8,715. Also among the 246 new world records were twenty sets from Domaine Leflaive, twelve from Domaine Armand Rousseau, nine from Domaine Dujac and eight from DRC, Burgundy’s four biggest stars.
“Although our Grand Fête de Bourgogne auction is primarily dedicated to Burgundy, I was impressed with the incredible demand in all segments of the market,” praised Acker President John Kapon. “Burgundy was certainly the belle of the ball, but Bordeaux, Champagne, the Rhone, California and Italy were also sizzling to protect against cold winter temperatures around the world. The market is going from strength to strength and we have more of what it wants with two incredible sales, starting with about $6 million in Delaware on March 11 and 12 and ending with about $10 million, a winery sale in Hong Kong on Saturday, March 27, which will bring Acker 2021 sales in the first quarter to nearly $40 million! Collectors should know that there has never been a better time to get in on the action. If you have never sold, now is the time to do it”.
The auction season continues for Acker with another “online” sale in Delaware on March 11 and 12, and returns to Hong Kong on March 27 with a spectacular single cellar sale. Acker is now accepting wines for its “online” auctions in April and May, with weekly online sales ending each week.