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Great Kosher Wines for Rosh Hashanah and Passover

September 4, 2013

With Rosh Hashanah beginning at sundown tonight, we thought we’d highlight our favorite kosher wines that can be enjoyed during the holidays.   All wines can be found on kosherwine.com and all are also Kosher for Passover.

Champagne:

NV Drappier Carte D’Or $44
Based off of 85-90% Pinot Noir, this generous champagne oozes stone fruit and berries.

NV Laurent Perrier Rosé $80
One of the most popular rosés in the world!  Made from 100% Pinot Noir in the saignée method, this classic sparkler shows depth, intensity, and is chock full of fresh, dark berry flavors.

White:

2004 Château Smith Haut Lafitte, Graves, Bordeaux $95/750ml, $74/375ml
Smith Haut Lafitte comes in both red and white, and we choose the white.  Based primarily on approximately 90% sauvignon blanc, and aged in neutral oak for a year, it is plump, refined, and elegant.

2011 Domaine Du Castel “C” Blanc Chardonnay, Jerusalem $43
Aged on its lees for 12 months in barrel, the round plush palate of this wine is the perfect companion to matzo ball soup.

Red:

2002 Château Léoville Poyferré Saint Julien $60
Why settle for ho-hum wine when you can have second-growth Bordeaux instead? With Michel Rolland as consulting winemaker, the structure and power can stand up to any beef brisket.

2005 Borgo Reale Sigli Brunello Di Montalcino $50
Full of truffle, earth, and floral notes, this rich, elegant wine will satisfy paired with any rich meat course thrown its way.

Other:

NV Tio Pepe Dry Sherry
The crisp, saline flavors of this classic sherry from Jerez, Spain will complement gefilte fish nicely.

L’shanah tovah!

-William Brajnikoff FWS, Fine Wine Consultant & Account Advisor for Chai Consulting

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