Kosher Wines Are Not Just for the Passover Anymore!

Most today consider the best kosher wines to be those made in Israel.  While few people would consider Israel to be a producer of fine wines, note that the Mediterranean climate is perfect for growing excellent grapes that produce high-quality wines.  The Galil Yiron 2004 is a great choice for kosher wines as it is grown in Upper Galilee, which is considered the best winegrowing region in Israel.

How much do you know about kosher wines?  If you’re Jewish you may be very familiar with the term; this refers to wines that are made according to Jewish dietary law that covers wines.  Jewish dietary law mostly covers foods that are strictly forbidden under law and since these foods are not typically used in wine production, many brands and vintages can be technically considered kosher wines.  For most, this refers to wines that are manufactured under the supervision and strict code of a rabbinical counsel.

Most today consider the best kosher wines to be those made in Israel.  While few people would consider Israel to be a producer of fine wines, note that the Mediterranean climate is perfect for growing excellent grapes that produce high-quality wines.  The Galil Yiron 2004 is a great choice for kosher wines as it is grown in Upper Galilee, which is considered the best winegrowing region in Israel.  The wine is aged for 16 months and has a rich flavor of black cherry and blackberry along with herbs, vanilla and oak.  Be sure to open your wine early enough to let it breath.  Allow about 15 minutes for each year of age.

The Recanati Syrah 2005 is also one of the better kosher wines on the market.  Its maker, Leonardo Recanati, has an Italian heritage that lies at the root of his passion for making quality wines.  Also grown in the prime region of Upper Galilee, this wine is made from the finest Shiraz grapes.  It is considered a perfect complement for virtually any dish, especially spicy food, as the taste of raspberry and plum along with a hint of spices will not overwhelmed or be overpowered by any of your foods.  It is also one of the perfect kosher wines for Passover! 

Other great options for kosher wines include the Ella Valley Vineyards Chardonnay 2006, made from 100% Chardonnay grapes grown in the Ella Valley.  Also, try the Borgo Reale Chianti 2006, made in Italy but still kosher for Passover; this wine has a full cherry-chocolate taste that is intensely fruity and somewhat velvety as well.

The Herzog Special Reserve Cab-Zinn 2005 is another good choice.  It has a slight undertone of strawberry and a very pronounced chocolate flavor.  It finishes with a berry and cherry after taste.

The Jerusalem Heights Cabrenet-Merlot is aged for 18 months in French and American oak barrels.  This wine has a lush cherry, chocolate and black pepper with a finish of aromatic spices.

There is a wide variety of kosher wines available on the market today, but these products are not limited to just a Jewish customer base.  The reason for their popularity is that these wines are made with the strictest of care and with all natural ingredients.  Many people today are finding that kosher items are preferred for themselves and their family because they are more natural and healthier overall.  While all red wines have antioxidant properties that are beneficial for your heart and your circulation, kosher wines are the best of all and many are discovering this fact.


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