Kosher wine maker and collector Jeff Morgan says the kosher wine world is experiencing an “ongoing renaissance” — particularly in Israel and America and, to a lesser extent, in Europe. Here are his recommendations for exceptional bottles for the Seder table:
Covenant Lavan Chardonnay Sonoma Mountain 2011, California ($38)
This wine is sourced from a single vineyard at the top of Sonoma Mountain, called Scopus Vineyard. It is richly textured but not overly oaky, with great acidity and a lovely mineral core.
Covenant RED C Napa Valley Red Wine 2012, California ($44)
This blend features cabernet sauvignon and petite sirah grapes, all sourced and co-fermented from one vineyard. Aged in French oak for 16 months, this soft-textured, well-structured red wine pairs well with all manner of meats. A serious wine for a serious meal, but still a lot of fun!
Flam Winery Reserve Syrah 2010, Israel ($45)
Rich and earthy, this is one of my favorite syrahs from the Holy Land. It is full-bodied and lush, ripe yet elegant. Great with lamb and just about anything else.
Domaine du Castel Rosé 2011, Israel ($25)
If you can find this lovely, refreshing wine for Passover, grab it now. Rosé is probably the most versatile of all food wines, and Castel’s dry rosé, from Israel, is among the best. Enjoy it with everything from brisket to, yes, gefilte fish.
Tabor Winery Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Israel ($18)
This may be one of the best, most refreshing sauvignon blancs on the market today. It’s got that amazing gooseberry quality found in New Zealand, and terrific acidity. It is made in Israel and was recently released in the US.
Porto Cordovero Ruby Port, Portugal ($27)
You will need something sweet to sip with dessert. There is not a whole lot of kosher port out there, but this will make a nice end-of-meal treat.