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More Kosher Wines to Enjoy!

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The New Year holiday season, which starts with Rosh Hashanah and culminates with Sukkot, is a time where we place emphasis on meals shared with family and friends. Not that we don't place emphasis on good meals all year long!

When serving meals to our Yom Tov, or Shabbos guests, we try to be both creatively traditional and seasonal in our menus. To complement our food and toast the New Year, we select our wines carefully. And, there are so many from which to choose! Our panel of tasters has enjoyed the following kosher wine selections, which reflect varying types and price ranges.

Hagafen Napa Valley 2007 Cuvée de Noirs: Toast the New Year with, a lovely sparkling wine.  This beautiful wine is full of prolific small bubbles and has a wonderfully long finish.  An extravagance, but worth it $36 (a personal favorite).

Hagafen Lake Country White Riesling from Napa Valley, 2009. This wine is made from organically farmed grapes, and recommended for those who enjoy a fruity, medium sweet wine.  $18

Prix Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc, 2008, Moskowite Vyd:  From Hagafen Cellars, we like the crispness of this wine and the citrus flavor. Great with fish or poultry or just to sip and enjoy. $27

Herzog Special Reserve Russian River Valley Chardonnay: From California,  a crisp white wine, lovely with fish, pasta and chicken  Awarded 90 points in wine competitions. $30

Recanati Reserve Merlot 2007: From the Upper Galilee, a deep ruby color. Elegant, full bodied. Serve slightly cooler than room temperature. A wonderful wine to serve with meat and poultry. $25

Recanati Yasmin 2010: From Israel’s Jezreel Valley: A lively young (2008) fruity red. A wonderful all occasion wine, versatile, complements a wide array of dishes, especially meat and poultry. It is a lovely choice for a light meal and quite a value. $11.

Recanati Sauvignon Blanc 2010:  from Northern Israel. A full bodied selection with tropical fruit hints including guava and banana; suggested with fish, pasta, grilled vegetables. $13

Binyamina Reserve Shiraz 2007: From the Upper Galilee, this Israeli wine is full bodied, fruity (and a little spicy) and goes with just about anything you serve. We find it very enjoyable to drink.  $22

Sara Bee Moscato, Italy: Many critics offer accolades for this value wine. A wonderful price if you enjoy a sweet, effervescent golden white. Perfect for lunch in the Succah! Trader Joe’s.  $7

Jeunesse Black Muscat 2010 and Teal Lake Moscato Aussie: Looking to try something new to replace the "usual" brand of kiddish wine? These two wines are sweet, light and affordable at $10 and $7 respectively.

Let’s toast to  5772. We pray for  a sweet, peaceful and prosperous year for the Jewish people and for all good people everywhere. May we grow in our spiritual lives, and rejoice in our homes, in our relationships, and of course, in our kitchens! L’Chaim!

September 22, 2011


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