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I have heard of mevushal not being used for kiddush. Now most wine labels indicate whether the wine is mevushal. But are there other things to be concerned about?
The following are halakhic concerns I've learned.
The wine should not contain sugar or alchohol not provided by the grapes.
It should not have extra coloring.
It should not have been 'treated' to stop it fermenting.
Although one can squeeze grapes and use them for kiddush, they should ferment for at least one day.
It should be the best wine a person can afford. Like any mitsva, one should use the best.
Are there other concerns to keep in mind?
Have I made any mistakes?
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Jun 17, 2013 at 9:20
Perhaps you thought it obvious, but you didn't mention that the wine should be red not white, as the Ramban held white wine is invalid (O.C. 272, 4).
Jul 14, 2014 at 23:34
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Last week I heard a posek on
http://radio2000.co.il , who discussed the issue of diluting of wines and grape juices by manufacturers, the bracha on wine in such cases and differences between Ashkenazim and Sefardim.
Because it's hard for customers to know what happens in the production of a given wine, he said that a rule of thumb regarding this issue is that with any dry (not semi-dry) wine with a reliable hechsher, a person is on the safe side.
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