Thursday, June 17, 2010

Heated wines and Sweetened wines for kiddush


We have been learning about the beverage used for Kiddush.

One may use heated wine, and one may use specially-sweetened wine.

In truth, these beverages are not preferred. The preference for non-heated wine comes from the belief that heating causes a deterioration of taste. The preference for non-sweetened wine is because sweetened wine has non-wine tastes mixed in.

Certainly, if these wines taste better (subject to the drinker's tastes) than non-sweetened or non-heated wines, one may use the better-tasting wines.

(Code of Jewish Law Orach Chaim 272:8; Mishneh Berurah 272:19-21,23)

Have a great day,

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