I have been enjoying kosher wines at Passover during my Aunt’s extremely casual Seders for many years now (read: clay animation haggadahs and finger puppets of the 10 plagues), but was unaware until recently that not all kosher wines are kosher for Passover. The difference lies in the fermentation process. Kosher for Passover wines must be fermented using yeast that is derived from fruit or sugar, not bread.
So for those of you who take the less laid back approach to the holiday, we’ve made things a bit easier for you this year by labeling all Kosher for Passover wines as such on our website.
We’ve also created a guide below to our favorite Kosher for Passover wines and all Kosher wines on sale April 3rd – 5th!
Kosher Wines We Love
Ben Ami Cabernet Sauvignon – 2010
Made with grapes from the ancient Judean Hills, this easy drinking Cabernet is lovely when enjoyed with a slight chill. Ripe berries and purple floral notes are balanced with delicate spiced vanilla flavors. Mevushal
Carmel Winery Cabernet Sauvignon, Galilee – 2007
From the most well known winery in Israel this dark, luscious and brooding red is a show stopper at the dinner table. Upper Galilee grapes tend to produce more structured wines with leaner fruit and more tannis. This is a wine that embodies that fully yet is not overwhelming. A must have with steak or heartier fare.
Carmel “Shaal” Late Harvest Gewürztraminer – 2007
This well-balanced wine has a racy bouquet and a succulent palate. Classic floral and lychee aromas give way to a silky mouthful of ripe fruit complemented by mouthwatering acidity.
Ramon Cardova Rioja Kosher – 2009
This Rioja is very easy to drink with a touch of earthiness and a great tannic structure. Enjoy tonight with your favorite lamb dish.
Terra di Seta Chianti Classico Kosher – 2008
A medium- to full-bodied blend of 95% Sangiovese and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, developed in French oak barriques. Dark cherry red towards garnet in color, with soft tannins that caress gently and an appealing light hint of spices from the wood. Opens with cherries and raspberries, goes on to reveal currants, earthy minerals and a note of dark chocolate, all lingering nicely.
Capcanes “Peraj petita”, Montsant – 2009
A unique blend of Garnacha, Cariñena and Tempranillo. This full bodied wine has chewy tannins and a strong, leathery, rustic spine with traces of eucalyptus aromas. Although modern in style, the earthy scents and creamy finish are typical of Spanish wine. Although not originally a kosher wine producing facility, in 1995 the Jewish community of Barcelona asked Capçanes if they could produce a kosher wine. This demanded the installation of new equipment allowing the winemakers to identify, isolate and vinify under controlled “Lo Mebushal” conditions small parcels of high quality fruit. The result is undeniably some of the highest quality kosher reds coming from Spain. Kosher.
Great gifts for the Passover host:
Domaine du Castel Grand Vin – 2007
Domaine du Castel is a small estate of 15 hectares just to the West of Jerusalem. The small yields of hand picked grapes and pride in winemaking is exemplified in the Grand Vin cuvée. A blend of Cabernet, Merlot and Petit Verdot come together with refined elegance yet full body. This is a wine that will surely impress the most distinct palate while still being accessible to toast at any occasion.
Domaine du Castel, Petit Castel – 2009
This impressive Bordeaux blend is deep purple in color with rich black fruit, cherry and plum flavors, hints of chocolate shavings blended with cigar box. A nice blend of old world Bordeaux and new world Israeli styles.