Does a “bacon fat” note make a kosher Syrah treif?

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As I was writing my kosher wine cheat sheet for the Houston Press, the thought occurred to me: if I get a classic bacon fat aroma on a kosher Syrah from Israel, does it make the wine treif?

On Sunday, when I headed to the kosher section at the supermarket, I was surprised by the breadth of wines and the low prices I found there.

And after picking four wines randomly, basing my selections solely on the information reported on the labels, I was also surprised by how drinkable the wines were — at least two of them.

That was the good news.

The bad news is that so many of the wines had elevated alcohol levels.

Jews aren’t known for being big drinkers (present company aside). And so many bourgeois Jews in this country only drink fine wine on Jewish holidays and during Jewish festivals.

Wouldn’t it make more sense to give them low-alcohol wines? And come to think of it, wouldn’t it make more sense to give everyone low-alcohol wines?

Ummm… where have I heard that before?

Here’s my post, including my “Temple Beth Israel circa 1978″ descriptor.

L’shanah tovah, yall!

One Response to Does a “bacon fat” note make a kosher Syrah treif?

  1. Ake Jansson says:

    I looked at your article in Houston Press and have a question: is it proper for an American paper to use the geographic designation “Golan Heights, Israel”? The Israeli occupation of Golan Heights is illegal under international law and therefore this mountain ridge is not in Israel. Several posts back, boycott was called for by many of your commentators on account of Bressan’s racism, something to which I agree. The case for boycott of produce from illegally occupied land is in my opinion much stronger, and in this specific case supported also by many proponents of Israel.

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