Sunday, October 12, 2014

Fizzy, Italian Kosher Wine

One of our Shabbat Chol Hamoed guests brought us a new for my family wine.

It's davka, Italian and fizzy, Bartenura.

Some family members fell in love with the sapphire blue bottle, and one of my grandchildren considered it a tasty sweet soda. I guess we have to keep an eye out for that one.

The bottle's color is very much like the "Hebron blue glass" which is probably still produced and sold in Hebron and Bethlehem. I remember stores full of glass jugs of a similar color in the days before "peace" when Jews could safely and freely walk around those cities. There were tourist glass shops in Bethlehem right next to Kever Rachel. Now the area around Kever Rachel is literally an armed camp, with thick walls and lots of guards and soldiers. Sorry, but I hadn't planned on getting into politics here. I just wanted to blog about the fizzy wine.

Back to the wine. I had first tasted it in Phoenix, AZ, when spending Shabbat there. Honestly, it tasted better in Phoenix than in Shiloh. Maybe because here in Shiloh we have such a wonderful selection of great kosher Israeli wines at reasonable prices, yes, including fizzy ones.

What do you think?


Hadassa said...

The bottle is a beautiful shade of blue and I do enjoy lightly sparkling wine. I've never tried Bartenura. I see that it is Moscato, muscat, which is very sweet and can belie its alcohol content. I prefer to buy local wines, but I'd never criticize a guest for bringing an import.

Batya said...

According to my family experts, of which there are many including a licensed bartender/former bar owner, this is low alcohol, though we did try to limit the youngster's quantity. A soda would be more suitable for that age or drivers unless diabetic.

Leora said...

Ah, not new to us! My boys (who are now 18 and almost 20) do like Bartenura.

Moadim L'Simcha.

Adela said...

Bartenura is quite common here in Brooklyn. I like my wines sweet! I often buy Kedem cream Malaga, which tastes like grape juice with a dash of alcohol.

Batya said...

Leora, Adela, I drank it in AZ and liked it there, maybe because there wasn't much choice. But I do prefer the Israeli wines, including the fizzies here better.