Gary's Picks: Best Kosher Wines for High Holidays 2016 September 22 2016, 0 Comments

WHITE WINES:

1. O'Dwyers Creek Sauvignon Blanc 2015 (NZ - $16): Crisp & refreshing New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.  Great first course wine or afternoon wine.

2. Saarfeilser Kosher Riesling 2014 (Ger - $20): Finally a kosher German Riesling.  This one has a great bouquet and is definitely dry.  These types of wine go great with spicy foods and make a perfect pairing to your salad appetizer. 

3. Jacques Capsouto "Cuvee Eva" Blanc (Isr - $18): Vintage #2 of this unique white blend - this one more crisp than the 2014.  It pairs beautifully with grilled/roasted chicken.  **SHMITTAH** wine

 

4. Covenant Winery "Red C" Sauvignon Blanc (California - $22): Crisp & clean - more fruity than the previously mentioned O'Dwyers Sauvignon Blanc.

5. Carmel "Kayoumi" Riesling 2013 (Isr - $24): Best Israeli white in my opinion. 

6. Tzora Winery Judean Hills Blanc (Isr - $29): The only Chardonnay on my list.  I'm typically an ABC person (anything but Chardonnay), but this is blended with 14% Sauvignon Blanc & its REAL GOOD.  Wine Spectator: 92 points

 

RED WINES

1. Louis Blanc, Vintage Côte de Brouilly 2012/13 ($20): The Côte de Brouilly is one of the smallest of the 13 Cru Beaujolais regions.  Made with the Gamay grape, this medium body wine has great similarities to the magical red wines of Burgundy.

2. Jacques Capsouto "Cuvee Samuel" Red 2014 ($20): This uniquely blended crowd pleasing wine uses southern France grapes that many believe are most suited to Israel's Mediterranean climate.  A great value wine!

3. Chateau du Rocher Bordeaux 2010 ($24): This solid, easy drinking Right bank Bordeaux wine is another great value wine - I sell a ton of it to non-kosher consumers who love it (& the price).

4. Vignobles David Reserve Cotes du Rhone 2012 ($23): Cotes du Rhone wines are the every day drinking wines of people in the Southern part of France.  A Grenache/Syrah blend, it is full bodied but with soft tannins.

5. Tulip JUST Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 ($24): Tulip is doing great stuff at the winery and with their wines.  This wine was just awarded 89 points by Wine Spectator and sees only moderate barrel contact making it a very approachable Cabernet Sauvignon.

6. Dalton Reserve Shiraz 2012 ($32): Thought by many to be the grape with the most potential in Israel, this Shiraz was rated 92 points by Wine Enthusiast and over-delivers at is price.  If you're planning to have any lamb over the holiday this wine will be the perfect complement (though any roasted meat will do real well).

7. Tzora Judean Hills RED 2014 ($29): Not only did Wine Spectator gave the Judean Hills Red 91 points, but all Tzora wines scored over 90.  This red blend is delicious & can even age for a bunch of years if you like aging your wine.  A great holiday red!

8. Tzora "Shoresh" RED 2014 ($39): A high-end Wine Spectator 90 scored wine from Tzora here, this wine is big, but very soft & elegant.  Cellaring will reward the patient individual, but he who needs wine now will enjoy this wine immensely.

9. Matar by Pelter "CUMULUS" 2014 ($35): Wine Spectator 90

10. Or Haganuz MAROM Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 ($28): Wine Spectator 90

11. Tabor LIMITED EDITION Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 ($42): Wine Spectator 90

12. Yatir Winery MT AMASA RED 2011 ($39): Ripe, Aussie style red blend