During a Jewish wedding ceremony, the couple sips from a cup of wine after the introductory blessings and again during the recitation of the seven blessings. But does it matter what kind of wine? When we surveyed a group of wedding rabbis for their advice to couples getting married, the most popular response was to make sure that the wine under the huppah is kosher.
It can be red, white, or rose, but it should be kosher, unless your officiant tells you it’s not an issue for them.
How to Know Whether a Wine is Kosher
Kosher wines are produced under the supervision of a rabbi and in accordance with Jewish laws. The wine bottle’s label will indicate if the wine is kosher, and your wine purveyor can help you find kosher varietals.
If your local wine shop carries kosher wines, finding something suitable for the huppah ceremony will be easy. If not, however, or if you’d like something different than your local shop’s selection, you’ll have to do a bit more legwork. But with all the great kosher vintages available today, this is one wedding task that you can make a point of enjoying.
Find Kosher Wines Online
Today you can find great kosher vintages from around the world, not just from Israel but also places like Chile, Italy, Australia, and California. If you’re looking for some direction, Jewish Week publishes an annual list of the best kosher wines.
And if there are no kosher wines in your area, you can order kosher varietals online from a number of sellers. Here are just a few of the many online options:
Find Kosher Wines Locally
During the spring, in the weeks leading up to Passover, many wine shops and Jewish organizations will have wine tasting events. Officially, these events are for choosing wines for the Passover table, but they’re also a great opportunity to sample a range of wines for your wedding.
Do you live in travel distance of a kosher winery? Why not make a day trip to try its offerings? And here I’m going to give a shout out to my local kosher winery, Kedem, in New York’s Mid-Hudson Valley. Their tasting room carries not only their own label, but wines from around the world.
And if you try out enough varietals before the wedding, you might even be able to use the bottles for centerpieces.