You may be familiar with our story and the inspiration for our name–Stomping Girl–and already know this: Uzi’s Grandmother Esther grew grapes on their property, his sister Michal took off her shoes and stomped them and Esther turned the grapes into wine. The wine was primarily for their Passover celebration each year.
Officially, kosher wine is served for Passover. For a wine to be kosher, there are many rules that must be followed, such as:
- The vines on which the grapes are grown must be at least 4 years old and left unharvested every seventh year.
- Only kosher, non-animal ingredients may go into the wine (i.e., only certain yeasts may be used and egg white, a common fining ingredient, may not be used.)
- Only male, Sabbath-observant Jews are allowed to handle the wine through the entire winemaking process from the harvesting of the grapes, through fermentation, to bottling.
- One Percent of the wine must be discarded.
- Barrels must cleaned 3 times before use.
The Cohen family Passover wine enjoyed by them every year in Israel was not officially kosher, being that Esther and Michal handled the grapes and the wine. But it was close enough for Grandmother Esther.
For us here in California, the # 1 rule for Passover wine is that it must taste great. After all, you are supposed to drink four glass of it every night. And, though not Sabbath observant, our chief winemaker is Jewish and from Israel…and that makes Stomping Girl Wine pretty close to being kosher. Passover starts next week, and I bet you know what wine we’ll be serving.