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New kosher wine ready for start of Jewish New Year

'Alef,' a Cabernet Sauvignon, released by Chabad of the Tri-Valley

A new kosher 2012 Livermore Valley Cabernet Sauvignon named "Alef" was released Sunday in time for the Jewish New Year, which begins this year at sundown on Sept. 24.

The new wine was introduced at a special evening event hosted by Rabbi Raleigh Resnick, spiritual leader of Chabad of the Tri Valley, an event that also celebrated the 10th year of the Chabad's Jewish Community Center.

"This process has really brought our local wine culture and the Jewish community together," said Resnick, who has overseen the process and certified the kosher wine. "It's been the fusion of heaven and earth. Having a locally grown and produced kosher wine will add so much to the New Year's dinner table this year."

Daniel Kozak of Livermore, a member of the Jewish community with wine-making experience, coordinated the production of "Alef".

"We're sure people will enjoy its fruity flavors and we're already looking forward to next year's production," he said.

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