Monday, April 6, 2009

Kosher Wines

Wednesday is the first night of Passover. If you are going to a Seder or preparing one yourself it's historically always a hard call to figure out what wine to get. The selection used to be miniscule and regardless of price they still didn't taste very good.

Over the years since I started making Seders I have been very happy to see that Kosher for Passover wines have become much better with a far larger selection.

Remember, for all the goyim reading this, it's not good enough to have just kosher wine - it needs to be kosher for passover so look for the "P" on the label. Passover wine can't be made with a grain based yeast.

If the wine thing is too much for you I always think spring flowers are a great gift, and you don't have to worry about the labeling. ;-)

The folks at Tasting Table NYC recommend these ones.

2007 Galil Mountain Viognier Galilee (Israel, $15) From a top Israeli producer, this Viognier has aromas of orange blossoms and white peach and the grape's characteristically soft, mouth-filling texture (

2004 Yatir Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Shiraz Judean Hills Israel (Israel, $40) This deeply concentrated blend brims with black cherry flavors and a refreshing dose of minerality (

2005 Capcanes Peraj Ha'Abib Montsant (Spain, $60) In response to Spain's growing Jewish community, this winery created a rich, vibrantly juicy blend of Garnacha and Carignan comparable in style to those made in Priorat (

2007 Alfasi Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Valle del Maule (Chile, $10) When you have to stock up for the Seder, it helps to have a value-priced bottle on hand, especially this easy-drinking Chilean Cabernet (

Not on this list is Astor Wines they have the largest selection I've ever seen so if you are on or near Lafayette street check them out.

Hardly scientific, but over the years I find that in general my favorites KP wines are Israeli.

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