Whether it's Palwin's in the UK or Manischewitz in the US, most people's experience of kosher wine is a Shabbat kiddush at shul or a Yom Tov at home. This never seems like wine to be graciously enjoyed during a meal, rather wine for fulfilling a religious objective – and it feels like a forced, contrived wine, not made with any emotion or feeling.
Quite frankly Jews just aren't educated that there is life beyond sacremental drinks.
However, there are a growing number of kosher wine producers who are trying to get the Jewish public to embrace quality wine.
Among them is independent Israeli wine maker Domaine Du Castel.
Having thoroughly enjoyed the delights of Castel Du Blanc (a white wine) I had the opportunity to also try a bottle of their red - Castel Grand Vin – and happily it lived up to expectations.
The white wine had been of such a high quality that it came as no surprise to discover that the red was of an equally high standard.
At around £30 a bottle, it's certainly not cheap – but worth every penny, since this is a rich, full-bodied and flavourful red which is a class apart from other reds on the market.
And it puts other kosher red wines to shame. One sip of this and you may never look at a glass of Palwin's No 10 again.
The winery has lovingly gathered fine Israeli grapes to make wine that is there to be enjoyed. And they succeed.
If you've ever thought you can't get a decent kosher wine, then you may change your mind after sampling Castel Grand Vin.
For more information visit: www.castel.co.il