The 14th annual Kosher Food & Wine Experience (KFWE) once again showcased the public’s ceaseless obsession with international cuisine and the ever-growing demand for top-drawer wines that happen to be kosher. Like a kosher United Nations assembly, it featured sips and small plates representing the latest from Israel, Chile, Japan, France, Argentina, Spain, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, California, and all points in between.

New York’s premier kosher food and wine extravaganza were hosted by Royal Wine Corp. on Monday, February 17 at Chelsea Piers in Manhattan. Thousands of hungry attendees – members of the public as well as professionals from the kosher food and beverage industry – lined up shoulder-to-shoulder to taste today’s most innovative creations from top kosher chefs, caterers, and vendors. The diverse offerings ranged from kosher poke and street tacos to barbecue-style smoked salmon and creamy non-dairy frozen gelato pops.

Tzvi Simcha Cohen/Royal Wine Corp

And because no great meal is complete without great wine, thousands of bottles of exceptional new releases were poured, representing more than 60 wineries from nearly every wine-producing region in the world.

“An extraordinary bounty of wines from all over the world is coming to market in 2020,” said Nathan Herzog, President, Royal Wine. “This year’s most extraordinary bottlings included Château Léoville Poyferré Saint Julien 2017, Château Giscours Margaux 2017, Flam Noble 2016, Champagne Drappier Rosé de Saignée, and Herzog Single Vineyard Calistoga 2016.”

Also highlighting this year’s KFWE was the 30th anniversary of kosher wine production by the venerated House of Rothschild. “We were delighted to celebrate with the introduction of Barons Edmond and Benjamin de Rothschild Haut-Médoc Anniversary Edition 2016 and their first-ever Kosher Château Clarke Listrac-Médoc 2016,” said Herzog.

Kosher wine is big business in the United States, and it’s getting bigger. According to Jay Buchsbaum or Royal Wine Corp, “Consumption of kosher wine is outpacing general market consumption by more than 100%, with an average price of $20+ per bottle. Every year sees more and more kosher wines earning top scores and prestigious awards from the industry.”

Other highlights of KFWE NYC 2020 included:

  • Herzog Generation VIII Napa Valley 2016
  • Herzog Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Calistoga Napa Valley 2016
  • New Wine & Spirits for Passover and Year Round
  • New vendor United Airlines with samples from its new menu, available to Polaris clients on flights between Newark and Tel Aviv, offering everything from blintzes and bagels to kale quinoa burgers served with Herzog wines.

The vast array of food options at KFWE were provided by Buffalo2go, Elegant Desserts, Fruits by Pescha, Graze, Great Bistro Falls, Grow & Behold, Judd’s Memphis Kitchen, Kosher Poke, Le Marais, Marani, Mosishe Brown, Pelleh Farms, Reserve Cut VIP Experience, Silverleaf Caterers, Sushi Tokyo, T Fusion Steakhouse, Taam Eden Bakery, The Hangry Heifer, The Loft, The Rebbe’s Choice, UN Plaza Grill, Urban Pops, Wall Street Grill, Weiss Brothers Catering & Event Planning, and West Wing/Diamond Caterers.

Tzvi Simcha Cohen/Royal Wine Corp

“The Kosher Food & Wine Experience would also like to thank all of our sponsors including BZS Transport, Five Star Corrugated, Snitow Kaminetsky Rosner & Snitow, LLP, IDB Bank, United Airlines, Reliable Brokerage, JLL, and Banquest for another incredible event and helping to make the 2020 Kosher Food & Wine Experience better than ever.”

The Kosher Food & Wine Experience is produced each year by the Royal Wine Corporation. With annual shows in New York City, Los Angeles, and London, it has become the largest exhibition of its kind. Visit for up-to-date information on upcoming events.

About The Royal Wine Corporation / Kedem

Founded in 1848, Royal Wine Corp. has been owned and operated in the United States by the Herzog family, whose winemaking roots date back eight generations to 19th century Czechoslovakia.

Today, Royal Wine Corp is the leading producer, importer, and distributor of kosher wines and spirits, headquartered in Bayonne, NJ, offers more than 300 brands in its portfolio including Bartenura Moscato, the best-selling Italian Moscato in America (kosher or not) which they own.

Their portfolio of domestic and international wines hail from nearly every significant wine-producing region in the world including California, France, Italy, and Spain, as well as Israel, New Zealand, and Argentina.

Additionally, Royal Wine Corp. imports produce and distribute a growing portfolio of spirit and liqueurs which includes many sought-after scotches, bourbons, tequilas, and vodkas as well as hard-to-find specialty items such as flavored brandies and liqueurs.

The company owns and operates the Kedem Winery in upstate New York, with a tasting room and gift shop as well as Herzog Wine Cellars in Oxnard, California, a state-of-the-art facility featuring guided wine tours, a fully staffed modern tasting room, gift shop, and catering facilities. Additionally, the Oxnard winery houses the award-winning restaurant Tierra Sur, serving the finest Mediterranean-inspired contemporary California Cuisine. (Social media tags:  #kfwe@royalwinecorp@thekfwe)

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