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Five Great Passover Wines

By Jessica Yadegaran
Tuesday, March 20th, 2007 at 11:58 am in Uncategorized.

If you read your wine magazines, you know that kosher wine has come a long way, baby. For about 20 years now, Israeli wine makers have employed advanced techniques common to long-time developed wine areas, like planting vines in cooler, high-elevation areas and picking at optimal ripeness. Today, it’s not uncommon to walk into BevMo or your local wine store around Passover (which is only two weeks away) and find more than one sophisticated kosher wine. In other words, move over, Baron Herzog.

I’ve had my eye on two. Here they are:

From Galilee, the nation’s biggest wine region, Dalton Canaan White Blend, a mix of White Reisling, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. It’s fruity without losing its crispness. Drink it now, especially with those apples and honey.

The Dalton Canaan Red Blend, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, is a medium-bodied red with a fair amount of fruit and low tannins. It’s great with Mediterranean food, and the 2006 is on sale at Kosher Wines for $11.99, which is actually right where it should be (I’m a fan of Israeli wines but often find them a bit overpriced.) The 2004 White goes for the same price. Order now for immediate consumption on Passover. L’chaim.

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