Drink Review: Manischewitz Blackberry Wine

Photo by Heather Hamilton
Photo by Heather Hamilton

Adhering to diets, whether elective or medically required, can be difficult at times. Recently, one of my roommates decided that he wanted to work towards a kosher diet and return to his Jewish roots. Supportive of his choice, our entire apartment is now stocked full of kosher-friendly foods, so every person can still share meals and save money.

We’re also big wine drinkers, and this particular roommate brought home something the rest of us had never even thought about: kosher wine. And it’s delicious.

The Manischewitz blackberry wine is made completely from blackberries, with no additional fruits thrown in. Its color is a deep red hue, similar to strawberry jam, and its scent is sweet and fruity, though not easily identifiable as blackberries.

The flavor is almost too sweet, like liquid jam, and it isn’t until the middle of the tongue that the deep flavor of blackberries becomes easy to identify. It’s both heavy and light-tasting at the same time, with the flavor lingering in an almost musty fashion after the wine has been swallowed. It isn’t bitter and offers no strong aftertaste. The flavor simply is.

Being a fan of sweet wines, this is possibly the best I’ve ever tasted. But being as sweet as it is, it can easily turn off fans of tart wines. This wine isn’t for everyone, but if you’ve got a sweet tooth and like blackberries, it will suit your needs.

Manischewitz wines and cordials are all kosher. Their products are made under the supervision of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America to guarantee quality and adherence to Union of Orthodox guidelines.