Top wines to enhance Passover celebrations

Top wines to enhance Passover celebrations

Wine plays a central role at the Passover seder, and the Royal Wine Corp. — headquartered in Bayonne and the largest manufacturer, importer, and exporter of kosher wines — wants to take the guesswork out of buying wine for the holiday.

“Consumers looking for wines from renowned regions throughout the world can satisfy their thirst with more options than ever before,” said Gabriel Geller, Royal Wine Corp.’s director of public relations. “Royal Wine offers a delicious selection from around the world, with some top producers creating award-winning varietals at every price point.”

This year the holiday begins on April 5. Whether you are having traditional fare or vegan and vegetarian options, here are Geller’s recommendations for top wines for Passover (“V” = pairs well with vegan/vegetarian.)

Or Haganuz Elima (V) — Full-flavored Bordeaux-style blend from estate-grown grapes in the Galilee; no added sulfites. ($39.99)

Baron Herzog Old Vines Zinfandel — Rich Zinfandel from Lodi-grown old vines, notes of strawberry jam, bramble, and hints of black pepper; great value. ($12.99)

Herzog Special Reserve Lake County Cabernet Sauvignon — Full-bodied, black fruit-laden, complex Cabernet. ($39.99)

Herzog Lineage Malbec — Velvety, fruit-forward Malbec from Paso Robles grapes, superbly balanced; amazing value. ($19.99)

Elvi Sangria Red and White (V) — Delightful, well-made, a must to make any meal a festive occasion. ($9.99)

Barkan Platinum Cabernet Sauvignon (V) — Premium Cabernet Sauvignon layered and complex, crafted by a master of wine, affordable price. ($29.99)

Carmel Private Collection Cabernet Sauvignon (V) — Israel’s most popular line of value wines, rich yet food-friendly. ($14.99)

Jezreel Icon (V) — Jezreel’s flagship wine, a big, bold blend of Carignan, Syrah, and Argaman. ($89.99)

1848 Seventh Generation Argaman — Grape variety unique to Israel, where it was created decades ago from crossing Carignan and Souzao. ($39.99)

Carmel Buzz Fruit-Flavored Moscato (V) — Fun and refreshing fruit-flavored Moscato wines, perfect for parties. ($10.99)

Darom by Yatir Red, White, and Rosé (V) — From southern Israel, in between the rocky, temperate Judean Hills and the dry, hot Negev. ($29.99)

Edmond de Rothschild Rimapere Sauvignon Blanc (V) — Showcasing the Rothschild family’s signature quality. ($24.99)

ESSA Emunah — A Bordeaux-style blend from South Africa made by winemaker Joshua Rynderman; the rich, ripe fruit of the new world with earthy nuances of the old. ($45)

Barons de Rothschild Haut-Médoc — A classic blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, first high-quality dry kosher Bordeaux when first released in 1986. ($34.99)

Tabor Limited Edition — From a highly-praised vineyard in the Galilee, this Cabernet Sauvignon graces the wine lists of some of the country’s best restaurants. Full-bodied, shows notes of blackberries, black currants, and cedar with hints of vanilla. ($59.99)

Psagot Sinai White (V) — A refreshing, aromatic, elegant blend, with aromas and flavors of melon and pear. ($24.99)

Shiloh Secret Reserve Petit Verdot — Often blended in Left Bank Bordeaux wines to add structure and complexity, shines in the Judean Hills as a stand-alone varietal, essence was captured by Shiloh winemaker Amichai Lurie. ($49.99)

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