To accompany fried Chanukah treats, Royal Wine Corp. of Bayonne suggests wine. According to the company, “wines with sweet, bubbly, or even mineral characteristics have demonstrated an ability to stand up to the challenge fried foods present.”
Suggestions include the Italian sparkling wines Bartenura Asti and Prosecco. Goose Bay’s Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand received a score of 90 from Wine Spectator and acts as a palate refresher “keeping taste buds alive.” Bartenura’s Moscato, more commonly referred to as the “blue bottle,” looks festive on a Chanukah table. This year, the semi-sweet white wine with bubbles comes packaged in a gift box. Malvasia, also from Bartenura, is a light red wine that can be served as an aperitif or with a meal. Baron Herzog’s classic Jeunesse, a Cabernet Sauvignon, Herzog Special Reserve Pinot Noir, and Herzog Reserve Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, awarded 90 points from Wine Enthusiast and made in Herzog’s Oxnard, Calif. winery, are other suggestions.