Kosher Concord: Traditional American Wine
The Concord grape was developed in Massachusetts. This fantastic grape was brought to New York, where the Jewish diaspora community used it widely in making kosher wine.
While not always the most elegant wine, there is a rich history and surprising taste behind wines made from concord grapes. You can expect these wines to be dry or sweet, with medium body, tannins, and acidity.
Exploring concord wine can be a fascinating and flavorful glimpse into the history of kosher wine. It also makes an ideal kiddush wine and an exceptional choice for Passover.
While it is a tradition to make concord wine yourself or in the local community, many brands offer kosher Concord wine to save you the fuss, including:
Some of the most popular concord wines are kosher so you will taste some of the best this unique wine offers.
The History of Concord Wines
The Concord grape is a uniquely American cultivar from Massachusetts, created from the fox grape. As a North American native grape, it grows well in cold conditions. It is, therefore, popular for growing for commercial purposes in cold climates, including in New England and surrounding the Great Lakes. The grape was chosen to be highly aromatic, with large seeds and an intense taste.
Once popularized, concord grapes were quickly put to use, making jellies and grape juice. These are the uses for which it is best known. However, it also became famous for kosher wine and sacramental wine. In fact, America’s longest-running sacramental winery still produced a concord wine intended for altars.
Concord grapes are the ideal jam grape. It is no surprise that wine made from this grape is often considered sweet and jammy. Although it can be finished dry, you will likely find sweet concord wine with a medium body, low tannins, and high acidity. This wine may have unusual notes, but it is often simple and approachable. It is distinct from more acidic, complicated wines, but many delight in drinking it all the same. If you’ve found this kosher wine too sweet, you might mix it with sparkling water.
Food Pairings for Concord
When pairing concord wine, pay special attention to the sweetness of the bottle you have at hand. A sweeter concord makes an exceptional dessert wine and works with such treats as chocolate mousse, apple pie, and fruits like pears and figs. As with other sweeter wines, concord works with cheddar and aged cheeses. It provides much-needed balance to low-fat, high-spice foods as well.
Aging concord wine is not often a complex process. When aged, concord wine is usually stored in barrels that are neutral in terms of flavor contributions. Instead of enjoying aged concord wine, most prefer to experience the naturally fresh and fruity style that this wine is known for. Select one of our fine kosher concord wines to experiment with today.
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Experience the rich history and unique flavors of kosher Concord wine with these traditional American treasures. Perfect for Passover and Kiddush, they'll add a touch of heritage to your celebrations