It’s always fun to join with family and friends for celebrations. You may be invited to dinner and wondering what to bring your hosts. You can’t go wrong with a bouquet of fresh flowers or a bottle of wine — or both if you wish.
This selection of Kosher wines is available in most larger wine shops in major cities across the country. If these are not available the wine shop may have other Kosher wines that would be appropriate.
Sparkling wine should be for any celebration. It’s for special occasions and for every occasion to make it special.
Hagafen Cellars in California produces a sparkling wine that is very food-friendly for Rosh Hashanah. It’s approximately $35 but it is definitely worth it for this celebration. After all it is New Year.
2007 Hagafen Brut Cuvée Sparkling Wine is made in the traditional méthode champenoise. It is a blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. This is a medium-bodied sparkler with light gold color. The citrus flavors, papaya and raspberries linger with the lively bubbles making this a perfect wine for celebrations and dinner.
In Italy Bartenura produces Kosher wines. They have a new ‘Ovadia’ line of Kosher wines that compliment the traditional brisket dinner, or really any meat that has been braised and slow cooked.
Bartenura Ovadia Estates Barbera D’Alba is a medium-bodied wine that has soft tannins and nice acidity. It has delicious flavors of raspberries, pink grapefruit and cassis. It is not very complex but it is pleasant to drink and will be perfect with your meal.
For those who prefer organic foods and also organic wines the Golan Heights Winery released two new organic single vineyard wines.
2006 Yarden Merlot Odem Organic Vineyard has been aged in French barriques. This Merlot has a very dark purple color with gentle tannins and has smoky oak flavors with sweet black cherries on the first mouthful with hints of herbs and coffee on the finish. Really delicious with your brisket dinner.
2008 Yarden Chardonnay Odem Organic Vineyard is full-bodied with aromas of butterscotch. There are luscious flavors of summer fruits and pears with aromas of citrus and cream. This Chardonnay is well balanced with its buttery texture and just-right acidity.