‘Tis the season to celebrate heritage, and what better way for the days of Hanukkah than to enjoy it with a glass of wine produced by someone of this culture?

If this is not your cultural heritage, you’re still invited to toast the season on behalf of your Jewish relatives and/or friends. Personally, I have had three people of Jewish heritage enter my family through marriage, and each one is very dear and has added something very substantive to my life. This is a special time of year when our cultures intermingle, so I can’t help but reflect on everyone’s joys of this month of seasonal and ethnic celebrations.

There’s always so much ado about Christmas that other cultures seem to take a back seat to the marketing of Santa Claus, Black Friday shopping, and everything tied up with a red velvet bow. (This almost makes me wonder if it’s we who were born to Christian families that are by nature conspicuous consumers, and that’s what drives Madison Avenue? Hum…)

With Hanukkah beginning at sunset on Saturday, December 8, 2012, and ending at sunset on Sunday, December 16, 2012, I continue to think about my Jewish family and friends, and will be toasting them…

The following is short list of wines produced by Jewish vintners in California, and it’s time for me to purchase at least one bottle to celebrate these magical days.

The world list is daunting, so I’m providing a link for those who are curious to see how much wine is produced by Jewish vintners.

  • Click on this link for Jewish Wines ~ Kosher Wines (By country of origin and by cultivar)

The list of California vintners that I’ve gathered (with the help of others) over the years:

  1. 7 Artisans
  2. Abban Vineyards – John Alban
  3. Bighorn Cellars – Dick Wollack
  4. Bonny Doon Vineyard – Randall Grahm
  5. Calix
  6. Carelia-Kaplan Cellars
  7. Cliff Lede – Michelle Edwards (winemaker)
  8. Clos Pegase – Jan Shrem
  9. Coho
  10. Cote Rose
  11. Covenant Kosher Wines
  12. Diamond Creek – the late Al Brounstein and his wife Boots
  13. Don Ernesto
  14. Eagle & Rose
  15. Edge Hill Estate – Leslie Rudd
  16. Emilio’s Terrace – Phil Schlein (owner)
  17. Frank Family Vineyards – Rich Frank
  18. Gemstone Vineyard
  19. Hagafen Wines
  20. Hall Wines
  21. Harlan – Bob Levy
  22. Herzog Wine Cellars
  23. Honig Vineyard & Winery
  24. Howell At The Moon
  25. Jaffe Estate
  26. JC Cellars
  27. Joseph Zakon Winery and Kesser Wine
  28. Judd’s Hill
  29. Krupp Brothers Estate
  30. Lieff Winery
  31. Longboard Wines – winemaker Oded Shaked
  32. Match Vineyard
  33. Matthiasson
  34. Neiman Cellars
  35. Prix Vineyards
  36. Rashi Clara
  37. River Road Family Vineyards and Winery
  38. Reverie Vineyard and Winery
  39. Rock Creek Vineyard
  40. Rock Wall Wine Company
  41. Rudd Vineyards & Winery
  42. Ruston Family Vineyards
  43. Sara Bec
  44. Selene Wines – Mia Klein
  45. Silver Oak
  46. Sola Rosa
  47. Spring Mountain Vineyard
  48. Sly Dog Cellars
  49. Stein Family Wines
  50. Talbas Creek
  51. Water Mark
  52. Weinstock Cellars
  53. Z-Mor

Happy Hanukkah to you and yours!

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