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I have heard (without a source) that some who were makpid to purchase only wines with hashgachot would consume wine from Champagne without a hechsher, probably because gentiles typically do not use such wines for religious purposes. Is there any basis for this custom, if ever it actually was documented?

Addendum: According to the reading that I have done on the subject, it was common to use particular sweetened wines*, such as the Italian Vin Santo, for sacramental purposes among Christians, as it was less of an acquired taste.

*I will not use sweetened wine for kiddush.

  • Per this article on VosIzNeias conservative rabbis say that champagne without supervision and which do not bear labels/hekshers are acceptably kosher. – Gershon Gold Sep 15 '14 at 20:26
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    2 commentless downvotes, oh my....I don't see what's wrong with this question. – Shokhet Sep 15 '14 at 20:29
  • I'd find such a position to be ironic in light of the fact that specifically Champagne is used these days for many "ship baptisms" or "ship christenings." – Isaac Moses Sep 15 '14 at 20:43
  • @IsaacMoses, ship christenings have nothing to do with the practice of baptising a Christian, it is merely a show of expensive waste when inaugurating a new ocean-going vessel. – Noach MiFrankfurt Sep 16 '14 at 20:03

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