In anticipation of the Jewish Festival of Lights (Dec. 21-29 this year), we're sipping cherry flavored Manischewitz. Their Web site says that kosher wines are under the supervision of rabbis "from crushing to bottling," but it also notes that the variety we are drinking doesn't actually come from grapes. It's made using berry concentrate instead, which requires a different blessing to be said over the wine. And we're comparing it to Mogen David, another popular kosher wine.
Um ... It spent two weeks in our freezer and froze solid, so we thawed it in hot water.
Bryan Miller: The cup I'm using is actually a takeout container that previously held pork and beans and rice. Is that bad?
Jessica Armbruster: It tastes like a cherry lollipop.
BM: I think it kind of tastes like Laffytaffy.
Ward Rubrecht: But they would have Jewish jokes on the wrapper.
Nate Patrin: This is pretty uneventful.
BM: You could probably chug a bottle of this like nothing.
Emily Kaiser: It's like gut rot waiting to happen. Too sweet. And really tart.
NP: If you took the cherry flavor out, it would taste like Easter egg dye.
BM: How do you know what easter Egg dye tastes like?
Ben Palosaari: He had a rough childhood.
MK: I'm going to have to go home and drink half a bottle of vodka to dilute this stuff.
Open the bottle of Mogen David Concord wine.
JA: The label says Mogen David was founded in 1933. Wasn't that during prohibition?
Bridgette Reinsmoen: I don't like this as much.
NP: I'm certainly not going to have three glasses of this.
JA: You had four glasses of the Manischewitz. I was watching.
A 750ml bottle of cherry Manischewitz cost $6.99 and the Mogen David cost $5.99. Both are 11 percent alcohol by volume.