The Kosher Food and Wine Experience – Shereton Park Lane:
Living in London provides truly multicultural opportunity for those who choose to embrace it. I’m not Jewish – though I have a good number of Jewish friends, so I’m aware of the strict dietary laws which govern Jewish food. Until recently, however, I wasn’t aware that the same regulations applied to wine. I simply hadn’t thought about the idea that there would be a unique set of rules for wine making to create kosher wine.
According to Wiki
To be considered kosher, a Sabbath-observant Jew(s) must supervise and handle the entire winemaking process, from the time the grapes are crushed until the wine is bottled and any ingredients used, including finings, must be kosher.
What’s more, even stricter regulations apply to kosher wine for Passover – which has to be kept free from any possibility of contact with chametz (grain, bread or dough for example).
If kosher wine is served or touched by an idolater (that’s anyone who, like me, isn’t Jewish), it needs to be mevushal (“cooked” or “boiled”). That way it becomes unfit for idolatrous use and will keep the status of kosher wine even if subsequently touched by an idolater. Special techniques have been developed to ensure that this process doesn’t ruin the taste of the fine kosher wines which are now on offer.
I’m curious and fascinated. There’s a chance to find out more at the Kosher Food & Wine Experience (KFWE) 2016. To be held in the ballroom of the newly refurbished popular Sheraton Park Lane Hotel, London, W1, on Tuesday 16th February 2016, the KFWE 2016, which starts at 6.00 pm and offers a great evening out, will continue to offer the widest range of quality kosher wines, spirits and liqueurs for tasting.
Kedem Europe, the UK’s largest importers of kosher wines have over 200 wines on show from over 30 producers. Some are from Israel, but there are others from Europe and America, New Zealand and even Finland.
A highlight from France will be the newly released Barons de Rothschild Champagne a rich, complex and ethereal wine made by blending wines aged at least three years.
There’s even some kosher whisky – William Grant, known for their exceptional single malts, will be new to the event, showcasing their finest whiskies including Glenfiddich, The Balvenie and Grant’s.
There’s a kosher buffet – and some special cocktails created by WAlders from their parev liqueurs, to be served at the free cocktail bar.
And for the first time, a VIP ticket has been created by Kedem Europe, offering a number of exclusive experiences. These include an enhanced food menu served in a private dining space, served with some exceptional wines which are not included in the general wine tasting; vintage whisky expressions will be served too, and there will be a cigar rolling demonstration.
Further information and tickets are available now through the KFWE 2016 website www.kfwelondon.com. The tickets are priced at £50 for one and £90 for two for the main tasting and buffet, and VIP tickets are £100 each.
It’s a unique opportunity and one which shouldn’t be missed.