I must start this post by fessing up that my husband and I are not big drinkers. On rare occasions, he’ll do a l’chaim at the Shabbat table, mostly out of peer pressure. The truth is, we just prefer the taste of grape juice, so 99% of the time, that’s what we serve for kiddush. In other words, take all my suggestions about wine with a big grain of salt.
Now despite the fact that we don’t drink a lot of wine, we do like to have a few bottles in our wine rack to bring as hostess gifts or to crack open on Shabbat – if our guests would like.
Unfortunately, in Kansas City, the selection of kosher wines is somewhat limited and the prices seem a bit high. There are a few local stores that carry some kosher wine, but after enjoying the virtually unlimited number of choices (and price points) we had in Israel, we didn’t want to fall into the rut of always serving one of the same three wines – for $14.95 a bottle.
Enter Kosherwine.com. For far less money than six bottles of the “cheap” wines available by us, we can order a half-case of higher end wines, including the cost of shipping.
We placed our first order two years ago and split a half-case between two of our Israeli favorites, Yarden Mount Hermon Red and White, both of which are on sale this month for $8.99 a bottle.
Once or twice a year, we place another order from Kosherwine.com, either picking up a few bottles of something new that’s on sale, or going with one of our favorites from Israel — like the Yarden Gewurztraminer, a sweet white wine that is in stock and on sale at $11.99.
It’s been nice to pay 30-50% less than the liquor store prices. And even nicer knowing that their Price Guarantee means I don’t have to worry about over-paying at Kosherwine.com. (If you find the wine your ordered for a less expensive price online, just send customer service an email and they’ll refund the difference.)
Plus, I like to be able to bring something to our Shabbat hosts other than the same ole’ bottle of Bartenura Moscato (not that there’s anything wrong with the blue bottle).
If you’re thinking about placing an order, one word of warning: Beware of shipping charges. Multiple bottles in a single order is the way to go, since shipping starts at $12.09 for one bottle, but increases only incrementally with each additional bottle up to 12. If you get a half-case (6 bottles), for example, your shipping total will be $15.36 – which breaks down to a more reasonable $2.56 per bottle.
You can also check out Kosherwine.com’s newest special — free shipping on select wines by the case.
L’chaim! Have you ever ordered from Kosherwine.com? Or do you have another favorite source for kosher wine on a budget?