Kosher wines are in order this week in honor of Rosh Hashanah.
Rosh Hashanah literally translated means “Head of the Year” in Hebrew. This “festival” is a time filled with hope for the new year. Traditionally the custom is to eat foods that are sweet which symbolizes the hope for a sweet year of blessings and abundance.
Here is a list of Kosher wine recommendations that everyone will enjoy with their celebratory meals.
Herzog 2007 Late Harvest Clarksburg Chenin Blanc (California) ($20). The “late harvest” is a hint that this wine has a sweetness to it. It can give your palate quite a workout. At times you will taste a bit of a sweetness, or it will taste a bit dry.
The aroma and flavor is a honey-like golden raisin. It is a light and tangy wine that is perfect for the sweet side dishes that are traditionally served. It is also a hit with traditional Honey Apple Cake and fresh fruit compotes severed for dessert.
Goose Bay Chardonnay 2006 ($20) has crisp citrus and tropical fruit flavors. This Chardonnay has been aged in oak barrels which give it a bit of vanilla and toast flavors.
Perfect with grandma’s traditional roast chicken, as well as poached salmon, meat and some cheeses.
Golan Cabernet Sauvignon 2007, Golan Heights ($15) just may be a perfect red wine for Rosh Hashanah with its flavors of juicy raspberry, blueberry and pomegranate which gives it a bit of tart acidity. It has both mild acidity and tannins making this a lovely smooth wine.
Pair this red with lean meat, roast chicken and even meat with a Chinese style spicy or sweet sauce.
GALIL MOUNTAIN Rosé 2006, Galilee ($15)
A fresh rosé that is a blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Barbera grapes. It has fresh berry and cherry flavors with bit of a spice.
Pair this wine with grilled fish and chicken.
This Kosher sherry from Spain is a rabinically supervised extra-dry fino sherry with a high alcohol content. Sip slowly.
Gonzalez Byass Tio Pepe Palomino Fino (Spain, nonvintage) (approx. $20) has a woody, olive-like aroma and traditional sherry flavors.
Serve this at prayer service on Shabbat, or you can serve it as an apéritif. Pair it with chicken and fish dinners with Mediterranean flavors consisting of olives, lemon and capers.