There was a Jewish “guest” at Sen. Mitt Romney’s Easter table.
Cyber sleuths were quick to point out that among the dishes and food on the table were bottles of Kedem sparkling grape juice.
Romney, who is Mormon, abstains from consuming alcoholic beverages and seems to enjoy the Hebrew school beverage of choice for practice kiddush.
Kedem Winery is owned by the Herzog family, a pillar in the kosher wine world, and the brand produces more than 1 million cases of kosher wine and grape juice annually. The company’s vineyards are located in Marlboro, New York.
The Herzog family got into the wine business in 1848 in an area that is now present-day Slovakia, which back then was part of Austro-Hungarian Empire. At one point the family was the exclusive wine supplier to Emperor Franz Josef, an appointment which earned Phillip Herzog the royal title of baron.
During World War II, the Herzog winery was seized by the Nazis and the family went into hiding. Phillip’s grandson, Eugene, survived the Holocaust, but his parents were murdered at Auschwitz.
After the war Eugene and his family immigrated to the United States after the Communist takeover of Czechoslovakia and got into the wine business in New York City, eventually funding the Kedem Winery brand.
Originally Published Apr 7 2021 05:03PM EDT