GKC readers not only inquire about great Passover recipes, but also about great Passover wines. This time of year we are flooded with wine and food questions and we will attempt to help you with each of them.
First, the most popular question is, “What are your recommendations for great Seder wines? Specifically, please recommend wines that are easy to drink (we call that not too tannic), and have a low alcohol content (not above 13%). Our friends at Royal Wine Corp. always help us out. This year we have a new wine chart that lists all of your options and we have our own recommendations below.
Second, people want to know what we recommend for Yom Tov meals. Yom Tov meals should be accompanied by fuller bodied and slightly more decadent wines than what we would serve at the seder. We’ve got our pick below. It’s a great wine from one of our favorite kosher vineyards in Israel that is just a few years into kosher wine making (you can tell they are not newcomers to wine making though!)
And lastly, we get a lot of questions about gift wines. “What wine should I bring as a gift? What’s a good wine that appeals to lots of different people and different types of food?” See our picks below and treat those hosts well with a great bottle.
Top Picks for Seder Wines (drum roll please):
1 – Segal’s Fusion Red (12.5%) (Segal is making great wines at great prices, check them all out)
2 – Barkan Pinot Noir (13%)
3 – Red by W (13%) (W wines from California are better than ever)
4 – Goose Bay Pinot Noir (13%) (I tasted it at the Kosher Food and Wine Experience and loved it)
5 – Zakon Muscatini Red (6.5%)
Best Wine Pick for Yom Tov Meals:
Tulip Syrah Reserve – I raved about it at KFWE 2013 and can’t wait to get some for my table.
Best Wine Gift Picks for Passover:
1 – Binyamina Special Reserve Late Harvest ($25) At this price how could you go wrong?
2 – - Louis Royer VSOP Cognac ($65) Super decadent gift and beloved by all.
3 – 1848 Special Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon ($60) If you come to me as a guest, I love this wine, so please bring it J
Need more picks? See the more complete list of New Passover Wines here.