Passover Wine Picks from a Pro - Rogov's Guide to Kosher Wine
Did you know that not all Kosher wines are from Israel? And not all Israeli wines are Kosher! Daniel Rogov, well known for his guide to the wines of Isreal now has a fantastic little guidebook of his recommendations for Kosher wines. Just in time for passover.
Rogov's Guide to Kosher Wines $13.71
It's finally here: an authoritative guide to kosher wine from around the world. Compiled by Daniel Rogov, a leading, international wine critic, this definitive work examines the booming, international kosher wine industry for the very first time. In it, Mr. Rogov describes, sorts, and ranks more than 500 kosher wines from 14 countries, discusses what makes wine kosher, and includes a glossary of terminology. Rogov's Guide to Kosher Wines is a comprehensive, up-to-date guide to one of the most exciting and fastest growing sectors of the wine industry.
Passover Wine Guide 2011
I have been out of the wine business for some time, and sadly no longer have the opportunity to taste a wide variety of Kosher wines on a regular basis. So I am relying on a trusted source for this years picks:
Rashi Moscato d'Asti 2010 $9.75
Delightfully fresh, semi sweet, with outstanding floral, melon, pear and tangerine aromas and flavors. Moscato is a fantastic way to start or end your evening.
Gamla Sauvignon Blanc 2009 $13.49
Produced entirely from Sauvignon Blanc grapes grown in the Golan Heights. The cool fermentation retains the round fruitiness and crisp herbaceous qualities characteristic of this variety. Shows off bright guava lime and kiwi notes rounded out with hints of citrus fruits and fresh flowers. Ready to drink and is best enjoyed within a couple of years from the harvest date.
Hagafen Sauvignon Blanc 2010 $18
Produced from a well-established vineyard in the Eastern foothills of the Napa Valley, where hot days and cool nights are ideal for creating crisp, clean, long-finishing food friendly wine. On the nose, the Hagafen shows lemon, grapefruit, and kiwi. This crisp, bracing, mouth-watering wine fills the palate with a well integrated mix of bright fruit, including lemon drops, limes, grapefruit, and citrus zest.
Dalton Reserve Viognier 2009 $15.95
Silky smooth white wine with delicate nuances of honey, peaches and apricots. A brief period in barrels has accented those flavours with sweet notes of vanilla and caramel.
Hagafen Ripken Vineyard Roussanne 2008 $19.99
This Roussanne is produced from grapes grown in the Ripken Vineyard, a site renowned for its ability to lend white varietals complexity and fruitiness, qualities required for a food friendly wine such as this one. The addition of a small amount of Marsanne adds hints of almond to complement the bouquet of sweet citrus, wild flowers, and tea. This mouth-watering wine fills the palate with a well integrated mix of lemon, grapefruit, almond, and bitter melon. Long-aging, this wine should be enjoyable for many years and is an ideal accompaniment for a range of dishes.
Joseph River Chardonnay 2009 $10.15
This Chardonnay has a clean banana tropical fruit nose supported by good natural acid The wine is well balanced with oak and has a long lasting finish.
Teperberg Meritage 2009 $15.95
70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc. This classic Bordeaux blend is full of dark fruits, like black cherry, blackberry and currant. Recommendation: Roast Beef, chicken or stews.
Tabor Adama Volcanic Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 $14.99
Dark garnet, medium- to full-bodied, with fine grained tannins integrating nicely. A ripe, supple and harmonious wine showing currant and blackcherry fruits, those supported by hints of near-sweet cedar wood and dark chocolate. On the long finish an enchanting hint of licorice.
Binyamina Yogev Cabernet-Petit Verdot 2009 $13.59
80% Cabernet/20% Petit Verdot - Exhibits bold color, rich structure with fresh fruit aromas. Full bodied, fruity, blackberries on the palate and dry long finish.
Weinstock Cellar Zinfandel 2007 $20
These grapes were hand harvested by sustainable growers in the warm Central Valley of California. Following pressing, the wine was aged for eight months in French oak. Medium to deep red color, rich and intense. Loaded with chocolate, cherry, wild berry and spice flavors. This full bodied, dry red wine is accented by a wonderful smoky, toasty oak finish.
Borgo Reale Pinot Noir 2009 $12.69
The Apulian vocated clay soils and sea breezes make Pinot Noir one of the most intriguing wines among the wide range of Borgo Reale selection. The color is an intense red, but it is on the nose that the uniqueness comes out. You can feel sweet notes of berries and cassis yet a warm sensation. The palate is elegant, harmonious and well structured.
Jerusalem Hills Cabernet-Shiraz 2009 $13.99
This Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz matures gently in the warm days and cool nights of the Judean Mountains, surrounding Jerusalem, close to maritime breezes coming straight from the Israeli coastal plain. This ideal climate allows the fruit to reach its entire flavor potential, offering rich varietal flavors delicately balanced by a generous savory finish.
Barkan Classic Petite Syrah 2009 $9.95
Deep ruby color, with chunky, country-style tannins and a few cherry-berry fruits. A great lush wine that goes well with almost any food you can imagine.
For more Kosher wine recommendations check out Kosher Wine Society and The Jewish Week
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