Great wines abound for a great Pesach
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Great wines abound for a great Pesach

Cal-04-4-8-JS-64-66-Calendar-Pesach is around the corner. Everybody is busy preparing for the holiday by cleaning the house and shopping for food and clothing. With so many meals and the four cups of seder wine, it is also time to choose the wines that will accompany and enhance the celebration.

Many new wines have been released recently, offering an array of choices for the occasional drinker and the more sophisticated palate alike. Selections include big, bold, dry reds; light, refreshing whites and rosés, and/or sweet wines.

Many people have the custom of serving only red wines at the seder. Some new and interesting ones include:

Baron Herzog Rosé of Cabernet Sauvignon, one of the latest additions to Royal Wine’s portfolio. With its shining cherry color and tantalizing aroma of strawberries and currants, it would be perfect for the first seder cup. For the second cup, a nice and easy-to-drink Bordeaux wine like Château Les Riganes would be great, with its medium body, fruity bouquet, and earthy undertones.

An unusual wine for the third cup could be the Tulip Espero. Fruit-forward, oaky, and spicy, this dry red wine is made by one of the most acclaimed boutique wineries in Israel. Espero means “hope,” and Tulip employs people with special needs who live in the village of Kfar Tikva, where the winery is located. This gives them hope and a meaningful way to make a living.

Yatir winery, which is in Israel’s southern Judean Hills, constantly gets the highest scores from the world’s most influential wine publications, like the Wine Advocate and Wine Enthusiast. Another option for the third cup is the winery’s new Mt. Amasa, which is deep, rich, and layered, and will pair well with a tender smoked brisket.

Or Haganuz Pisga is a wine to consider with the fourth cup, for dessert. This port-style sweet red wine is bold, complex, and concentrated with multiple layers of flavors. Featuring notes of caramelized pecan nuts, craisins, coconut, and dates, it will compliment a flourless chocolate cake. If you are looking for a wine that is not as heavy and has a lower alcohol content, consider the new Teperberg Red Moscato. This slightly frizzante sweet wine will go well with a fruit salad or coconut cookies.

Every year there are many recommendations for the four cups, but do not forget that there are many other meals and delicious dishes on Pesach.

Freixenet is a Cava, a traditional sparkling wine from Spain that would go well with chicken and matzah ball soup. Made by one of the most popular Cava producers in the world, it has sharp bubbles and flavors of green apple peels and salted almonds.

Another new white wine from Israel is the Tabor Adama II Zohar, a blend of Mediterranean varieties. It is crisp, dry, and has a bouquet of orange zest, lemongrass, and flavors of cantaloupe, which will go well with an herb-crusted gefilte fish.

Alsace, a region in the eastern part of France known for its white wines, has the ideal cold weather to grow varieties like Riesling and Pinot Gris and the aromatic Gewurztraminer. The Koenig Gewurztraminer is a perfect companion with salads.

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