Wine, more than any other food or drink, represents the
holiness and separateness of the Jewish people. It is used for the
sanctification of Shabbat and Yom Tov and at Jewish simchot. In the Beit
Hamikdash wine was poured upon the altar together with the sacrifice.
However, since wine was and still is used in many forms of
idolatrous worship, it has a unique status in Jewish law, which places extra
restrictions on the making and handling of wine. This includes wine used for
The production and handling of kosher wine must be done
exclusively by Jews. Wine, grape juice, and all products containing wine or
grape juice must remain solely in Jewish hands during the manufacturing process
and also after the seal of the bottle has been opened. We are not allowed to
drink any wine or grape juice, or any drink containing wine or grape juice,
which has been touched by a non-Jew after the seal of the bottle has been
Yayin Mevushal: (Boiled Wine). Kosher wine (or grape
juice) which has been boiled prior to the bottling process is called yayin
mevushal. In the time of the Beit Hamikdash, boiling wine rendered it
unfit to be brought upon the Altar.
Yayin mevushal is not considered "sacramental
wine" and is therefore not included in the prohibition against being
handled by non-Jews. This wine must, as with all kosher wines, bear the symbol
of a reliable supervision organization and it should say yayin mevushal.
A wide variety of domestic and imported kosher wines under
reliable supervision has been added to the sweet Concords traditionally
associated with kosher wines. Many of these wines are yayin mevushal, as
indicated on the label. Whether for Kiddush, dining, or a simchah, you are sure
to find a fine kosher wine to suit your taste.
Grape Ingredients In Processed Foods: All liquids
produced from fresh or dried grapes, whether alcoholic or non-alcoholic, such as
grape juice and wine vinegar, are in the same category as wine in Jewish Law.
Therefore, foods with grape flavoring or additives must always have a reliable hechsher.
Examples are jam, soda, popsicles, candy, juice packed fruit, fruit
punch, and lemonade.
Alcoholic drinks such as cognac and brandy have wine bases.
Liqueurs and blended whiskeys are often blended with wine. All such beverages
require kosher supervision, as does herring in wine sauce.
Cream of tartar is made from wine sediment and needs