KFWE NYC and L.A.’s must taste wine list

This is not the first time I have been asked to post this list, and shocker, it will have very little Israeli wine on it. So, if you want to concentrate on Israeli wines at KFWE NYC and LA, you can stop reading right now. Domaine du Castel will be on the list, as will Carmel’s Riesling, one Vitkin, one Tabor, and one Or Haganuz, and that is about it for Israeli wines on this list.

Next, yes download the app, there is an app for KFWE, at least for NYC anyway, the data for the L.A. show is not yet in the app, but it should be up soon, according to my main man in Herzog, David Whittemore, the Marketing, and Public Relations Director at Herzog Cellars Winery. Now, totally separately as a software architect that has built world-class systems around the world, this app really sucks. It is slow, illogical in how the application moves, does not keep state, has loads of wrong data (wines and vintages), and for the most part, not a very good looking application. With all the caveats aside, the tables and the wines on those tables are defined, and therefore, I will list the wines to enjoy based upon that information!

So, let us keep this simple – here are the tables and the wines I say are “cannot miss” or make sure to taste.

OVERALL Rules.

  1. Skip 2013 Bordeaux wines – if any exist
  2. Skip most whites, unless written here, from before 2015/2016
  3. Skip all roses unless from 2018
  4. Taste what you can, the list below is what I liked, but you may like other wines. Learn, explore, and enjoy!!!!
  5. Finally, the app is horrible but even worse is the data. Many wines and vintages in the app are wrong. So check the wines yourself and follow the guide, in regards to vintages above.

Rothschild Table:

  1. 2016 Chateau Clarke Baron Edmund de Rothschild
  2. 2016 Chateau Malmaison (QPR)

Bokobsa Table:

  1. 2016 Chateau Hauteville
  2. 2016 Chateau Lamothe Cissac (QPR)
  3. 2015 Chateau le Cailou
  4. 2017 Domaine Jean-Pierre Baily Pouilly Fume (QPR)
  5. 2017 Pascal Bouchard Chablis

Capcanes Table:

  1. 2015 Capcanes Flor del Flor de Primavera Samso
  2. 2014 Capcanes Flor del Flor de Primavera Garnacha

Carmel Winery Table:

  1. 2014 Carmel Kayoumi Vineyard White Riesling (QPR)

Rothschild Champagne Table:

  1. Champagnes Barons de Rothschild
  2. Champagne Barons de Rothschild Rose

Chateau Fourcas Dupre Table:

  1. 2015 Chateau Fourcas Dupre Listroc-Medoc (QPR Superstar)
  2. 2015 Chateau Fourcas Cuvee Hautes Terres

Clos Mesorah Table:

  1. 2015 Clos Mesorah

Covenant Table:

  1. 2016 Covenant Cabernet Sauvignon
  2. 2015 Covenant Lavan Chardonnay
  3. 2016 Covenant Zahav Late Harvest Chardonnay (save for last – sweet wine)
  4. ???? Covenant Lot 70 Cabernet Sauvignon (no matter what the vintage it is good)
  5. 2017 Covenant Sauvignon Blanc

Covenant Israel Table:

  1. 2017 Covenant Israel Blue C Viognier

Domaine du Castel Table:

  1. 2016 Domaine de Castel C Blanc de Castel
  2. 2016 Domaine de Castel Grand Vin
  3. 2016 Domaine de Castel Petit Castel

Drappier Table:

  1. Drappier Brut Nature (should be the new disgorgement)
  2. Drappier Carte d’Or (should be the new disgorgement)

Elvi Wines Table:

  1. 2014 Elvi Herenza Crianza (QPR Star!)
  2. 2010 Elvi Herenza Reserva
  3. 2016 Elvi Herenza Semi (QPR Superstar)
  4. 2017 Elvi Vina Encina Tinto (QPR)
  5. ???? Elvi Vina Encina Blanco (app says 2015 – if so move on)

Flechas Table:

  1. 2016 Flechas De los Andes Gran Malbec (QPR)

Hagafen Winery Table:

  1. Hagafen Brut
  2. 2016 Hagafen Dry Riesling
  3. 2018 Hagafen Sauvignon Blanc
  4. 2018 Hagafen Pinot Noir

Herzog Wine Cellars Table (think cab – they have 14 reserve cabs!!):

  1. 2015 Herzog Clone 6 Chalk Hill Cabernet Sauvignon
  2. 2017 Herzog Lineage Chardonnay (did not care for 2016 much)
  3. 2016 Herzog Special Edition Chalk Hill Cabernet Sauvignon (QPR – yes!)
  4. 2016 Herzog Special Reserve Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Super QPR)
  5. 2016 Variation American and French oak Cabernet Sauvignons
  6. 2016 Herzog Variations 5/4/3 Cabernet Sauvignons

Koenig Table:

  1. Koenig Cremant D’Alsace (QPR)
  2. 2016 Koenig Riesling (QPR)

Or Haganuz Table:

  1. 2016 Or Haganuz Elima Red (No added Sulfites)

Pacifica Table:

  1. 2017 Pacifica Riesling (QPR)

Ramon Cardova Table:

  1. 2017 Ramon Cardova Albarino (QPR)
  2. 2015 Ramon Cardova Crianza
  3. 2016 Ramon Cardova Rioja

R&B Table (skip if any wine is 2013):

  1. 2016 Chateau de By
  2. 2015 Chateau Greysac
  3. 2014 Chateau Haut Condisass
  4. 2014 Chateau Rollan de By
  5. 2014 Chateau Tour Seran

Tabor Winery Table:

  1. 2017 Tabor Roussanne, Adama

Teal Lake Table:

  1. 2017 Teal Lake Chardonnay (QPR)
  2. 2017 Teal Lake Sauvignon Blanc (? So so wine)

Terra di Seta Table:

  1. 2013 Terra di Seta Chianti Classico, Assai
  2. 2015 Terra di Seta Chianti Classico
  3. 2013 Terra di Seta Chianti Classico, Riserva

Terra Gratia Table:

  1. 2015 Terra Gratia Red Blend

UVA Table:

  1. 2014 UVA Montepulciano D’Abruzza

Malartic Table:

  1. 2016 Chateau Malartic-Lagraviere

Vitkin Winery Table:

  1. 2017 Vitkin Grenache Blanc

Royal’s Wines of France Tables (top table to hit first):

  1. 2015 Chateau Cantenac Brown
  2. 2014 Chateau De Rayne Vigneau Sauternes (save for last – sweet wine)
  3. 2016 Chateau du Tertre
  4. 2015 Chateau Fayat
  5. 2015/2016 Chateau Giscours (baby vertical)
  6. 2015/2016 Chateau Lascombes (baby vertical)
  7. 2015 Chateau Grand-Puy Ducasse
  8. 2017 Chateau Lacaussade Saint-Martin
  9. 2016 Chateau Le Crock
  10. 2016 Chateau Montviel
  11. 2015 Chateau Moulin Riche
  12. 2016 Chateau Piada Sauternes (save for last – sweet wine)
  13. 2014 Chateau Soutard
  14. 2017 Chateau Trijet (I liked it the one time I tasted it) (QPR)
  15. 2015 Chevalier de Lascombes
  16. 2017 G de Guiraud
  17. 2015 Le Roches de Yon-Figeac
  18. 2016/2017 Les Marronniers Chablis
  19. 2017 Petit Guiraud Sauternes (save for last – sweet wine)

Weinstock Table:

  1. 2015 Weinstock Cellar Select Cabernet Sauvignon (QPR)

Posted on February 10, 2019, in Israeli Wine, Kosher Dessert Wine, Kosher French Wine, Kosher Red Wine, Kosher Semi Sweet Wine, Kosher Sparkling Wine, Kosher White Wine, Wine, Wine Tasting and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Thank you so much for this! I was just wishing I had something similar to use – its so overwhelming and I usually just go to my favorites to simplify!

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    David, it was nice meeting you today. Did you like the petit castel? I thought it showed really badly. Was interested in your thought.

    • I tasted the Petit Castel again in Paris and London, sorry, I did not get to taste it in NYC. The 2016 is a nice new world wine.

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