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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The finished aioli with EVOO in the background.

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The headquarters of the Royal Tokaji wine company was once the home of the Zimmerman family until they were mostly wiped out in the Holocaust.

The headquarters of the Royal Tokaji wine company was once the home of the Zimmerman family until they were mostly wiped out in the Holocaust.

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** From right, Manny Waks stands with his parents, Chaya and Zephaniah, in their former home in Melbourne.

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** From right, Manny Waks stands with his parents, Chaya and Zephaniah, in their former home in Melbourne.

Shunned: Zephaniah (left) and Manny Waks outside the Yeshivah Centre in Melbourne.

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Shunned: Zephaniah (left) and Manny Waks outside the Yeshivah Centre in Melbourne.

Convicted: David Cyprys was sentenced to prison for raping one boy and sexually assaulting eight others.

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Convicted: David Cyprys was sentenced to prison for raping one boy and sexually assaulting eight others.

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Childhood: Manny Waks at age 11 or 12.

Cinema Verité: A camera man films Manny Waks as he shouts through a window into the home of a man he accuses of sexually assaulting him more than 25 years ago.

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Cinema Verité: A camera man films Manny Waks as he shouts through a window into the home of a man he accuses of sexually assaulting him more than 25 years ago.

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Joshua Ozersky in 2013.

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Joshua Ozersky in 2013.

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Shul Fight: The proposed sale of this 18th century pair of silver Torah finials, or decorative bells, has sparked an ugly feud between two of America?s oldest Jewish congregations.

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Shul Fight: The proposed sale of this 18th century pair of silver Torah finials, or decorative bells, has sparked an ugly feud between two of America?s oldest Jewish congregations.

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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