With Passover only a week or so away, you might have come across quite a few ads and articles promoting wines for Passover. I typically write a rather long megillah with detailed comments and tasting notes on a handful of wines. However, this year, I have decided instead to keep it a little shorter and to the point.
I have repeated and highlighted in previous write-ups multiple times about the prominent place wine occupies in many areas of Judaism: weddings, circumcisions, Kiddush, sheva brachot, etc. With that said, I am guilty of never having discussed the reasons for wine’s importance in our tradition. Wine is a beverage like no other. I have traveled to wineries and met with winemakers all over the world. There is one thing that they all have in common: passion. A genuine, deep passion for their craft, for working the land, cultivating the grape varieties that best suit the region and climate at which their wineries are located.
Shiloh winery’s winemaker Amichai Lurie demonstrates better than anyone his love for the Holy Land and attributes the quality of the wines he produces to the land which many centuries ago already produced the grapes that made the wine used in the Beit Hamikdash. Even the non-Jewish owners and managers of great Bordeaux Chateaux such as Meyney and Grand-Puy Ducasse proudly claim that their wines’ high quality and unique characteristics come from nature, from the terroir, the piece of land on which their vineyards grow.
Perhaps wine is so important in our tradition because there is so much of a commitment to cultivate the best grapes and extract their complex flavors and aromas. Yet, it always depends on God’s will, as the slightest differences in meteorological conditions from one year to the next deeply affect the resulting wines. These are some of the reasons I believe wine has its special status. It allows us to create a tangible, physical connection between God and us, as only God ultimately decides whether the grapes will be good or not. It is an excellent reason to choose which wines we drink at the Seder carefully, and at every other meal, as well.
I want to share my personal recommendations of wines with you here that I believe and hope will not only enhance your four cups at the Sedarim but will also accompany you throughout all of the holiday meals. I wish you all Chag Pesach Kasher V’sameyach!
Rosé wines :
Tabor, Adama, Rosé, 2020 (dry)
Château Roubine, Cru Classé, 2020 (mevushal)
Baron Herzog, Rosé, 2020 (semi-dry) (mevushal)
Sainte-Béatrice, Cuvée B, 2020 (dry) (mevushal)
Drappier, Brut Nature, Champagne, NV (dry) (mevushal)
Bartenura, Prosecco Rosé, 2020 (dry) (mevushal)
Herzog, Lineage, Momentus, NV (semi-dry) (mevushal)
Laurent-Perrier, Brut, Champagne, NV (dry)
Koenig, Crémant Brut, Alsace, NV (dry)
White wines :
Ramon Cardova, Albarino, 2019 (dry)
Pacifica, Riesling, 2018 (semi-dry) (mevushal)
Herzog, Special Reserve, Chardonnay, Russian River, 2018 (dry) (mevushal)
Château de Rayne-Vigneau, Sauternes, 2018 (sweet)
Red wines :
Vitkin, Pinot Noir, 2019 (dry)
Netofa, Latour Red, 2018 (dry)
Terra di Seta, Riserva, Chianti Classico, 2016