For years now those of us who have the great fortune of attending Jewlicious Festivals have had the pleasure of meeting the Weiss brothers, Gabe and Shimon. These are two very nice young men who are also phenomenal winemakers. In the past, they used to host the VIP wine-tasting event at Jewlicious by bringing in samples of fine kosher wines. A couple of years ago, they started to bring in some unmarked bottles with a wine they were developing as their own little label.
That wine is now part of their boutique winery, Shirah Wines. Yup, the brothers scrounged up the funds, worked nights and days off (not Shabbat, they’re observant) when not providing their superb knowledge and efforts to other wineries, and created their own line of wines.
I want to be completely clear about this: these are EXTRAORDINARY wines. Not good. Not very good. Great. These are great. These are Jewlicious! I am not a connoisseur of wines, but I enjoy a glass with dinner sometimes, and over the years I’ve tasted my share. I can’t recall the last time I enjoyed a glass as much as I did recently when I tasted two of their wines. And I’m not just comparing them to kosher wines. Any wines.
So you’re saying to yourself, “Okay, but he’s just an amateur little pisher wine drinker.” True, that I am. But now the Jewish Week in New York has put together a panel of non-little-pisher real wine-tasters who did blind taste-tests on 242 (that’s two hundred and forty two) kosher wines.
The 2012 winner in the Top Red Wines category and the Top Red Wines Over $25 category is Shirah Winery’s Power to the People, 2009, Syrah.
Yes, this tiny little winery, with a small number of cases available for purchase, beat out everyone else including some heavy hitters like Yarden. I know why. It’s because the Weiss brothers put all their knowledge into their wines and mix it together with a deep passion for wines and especially kosher wines. It’s a blend of grapes and love. Their wines are not called Shirah for nothing, they really do sing.
Here is how you can buy some, and if you can, I suggest that you do! And don’t be afraid to try one of their other wines as well. I had a chance to also taste The Coalition and thought it was excellent too.
Note: the Weiss brothers may not know who I am, but even if they do, they had no idea I or anybody from Jewlicious would be writing this free plug for their wine. I’m doing it because it is a great wine and these two brothers deserve to have it succeed from an economic standpoint so they can continue to do what they love. If anybody deserves to continue to make wines, it’s these two.