White Wine: A Healthy Spirit?

Whether it’s Kiddush on Friday night, four cups on Passover, a sip under the chupah or total inebriation on Purim, wine features prominently in Judaism. Despite all this, at first blush it seems strange that the Jewish homeland, a country known primarily for its military prowess and technological innovations, is now credited with making a significant contribution to the wine industry.

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Hadas Yaron in "Fill the Void".

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Hadas Yaron in "Fill the Void".

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Parents: Leah and Simcha Goldin are quietly pushing the relevant governing bodies to bring them their son’s remains.

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Parents: Leah and Simcha Goldin are quietly pushing the relevant governing bodies to bring them their son’s remains.

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Artist: Hadar Goldin is shown painting in a December 2013 photograph by his mother. This painting and a number of other works are on display at the Ein Hod artists’ village.

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** Things From Below:** Exterminators like Eli Cohen have warned that the construction might set loose an influx of rats on the city.

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** Collateral Damage:** Mickey Vinner, head of the Israel garage union, holds a poster advertising a protest against the light rail construction.

Work in Progress: The Tel Aviv light rail construction site on Yehuda Halevi Street, pictured in 2012.

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Work in Progress: The Tel Aviv light rail construction site on Yehuda Halevi Street, pictured in 2012.

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Long Time Rabbi: Avi Weiss has been with his Riverdale congregation for many decades, an example of a marathon rabbi.

Rabba and Rabbi: Rabbi Avi Weiss (right) conferred upon Sara Hurwitz (left) the title of 'rabba.'

Rabba and Rabbi: Rabbi Avi Weiss (right) conferred upon Sara Hurwitz (left) the title of 'rabba.'

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Mavericks: Rabbis Shai Held, left, and Ethan Tucker were among the co-founders of Mechon Hadar.

Nevertheless, the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa has successfully created a white wine with all the reported health benefits of its red cousin, according to a recent article in The Jerusalem Post. Through a process in which researchers incubate whole, squeezed, un-skinned grapes of alcohol, they are able to extract more polyphenols, raising white wine’s antioxidant levels. As with reds, the new libation may stave off heart attacks and prevent tissue aging, while retaining the same taste, flavor and aroma of a traditional white.

American white wine connoisseurs might be inclined to raise a glass when they hear that Israel’s Binyamina Wines has begun producing the “healthy” version and expects to offer it in the United States by the end of the year.

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Olivia Wiznitzer

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