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Nov 17, 2010 04:15 PM

Help me find a wine for my wedding

I am looking for a Kosher wine for my wedding ceremony. I need it to be fairly available, since I don't have the time to search it out far and wide. I was recommended to try the Bartenura Moscato, which my fiance and I found to be just OK. I like the Nivoli Moscato (not Kosher unfortunately), so it is not the grape or the style, just the wine.

What else is good out there? One of my constant bits of advice for friends who are getting married is to never toast your own wedding with cheap wine. I have a bottle of Cristal for later on that evening, but it would be a shame to literally toast my own wedding, at my own wedding, with something that just is not very good.

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    1. Does it need to be bubbly?

      Take a look at this VERY recent thread on wines

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      1. re: vallevin

        I saw that, but it was a more general discussion and I needed something white and sweet for the actual ceremony.

      2. i read good things about the new Tabor 562 red and white Brut wines, which are dry and bubbly. i would like to try it myself. Its not champagne but its nice nevertheless. not sure if they're available in the states though. i haven't tried any kosher prosecco but you should check those out as well.

        1. I am not a wine drinker, but my one piece of practical advice is to use a white wine for the ceremony, in case of any possible spills. Red wine looks terrible on a white dress.

          1. Bartenura Moscato is about as good as Italian moscato gets- it's not a wine for conoisseurs, it's a wine for soda pop drinkers (but we wine drinkers like it and other Muscat variants too, we just know it's wine to swig). Does it need to be mevushal? If not, the Golan Moscato from Israel is really quite good in the same basic style. If it needs to be mevushal, both Rashi (also made by Royal) and Borgo Real are good options (I used the latter at my daughter's wedding this past summer, when she felt that nothing but "the blue bottle" would be drunk on the womans' side of the mechitza, so we had no dry reds on the woman's side, and still didn't have to resort to the triteness of that blue thing). as far as sparklers, there's always Bartenura Asti Spumanti, of course. But Hagafen makes a good sparkler, and several other good mevushal sparklers form Israel are available. And then there's Prosecco, a couple of Cavas as well. And nonmevushal, there's some real Champagne such as Laurent Perrier and Heidsieck Monopole and a few others.

            The first thing to do is to see whether your caterer, if its kosher, will even allow nonmevushal wine (or in our case, the wedding hall would not allow anything but mevushal._

            4 Replies
            1. re: ganeden

              Craig, have you tried Teal Lake's Moscato D'Aussie? It's 7% rather than Barenura's 6%, and therefore less sweet; most people I know who've tried it prefer it to Bartenura.

              1. re: zsero

                I've not tried it, Zev. It could well be preferred, but as far as quality, I was simply saying that Bartenura's is as good as the nonkosher Italian Moscatos. The fact is that Bartenura used to be only Moscato di Asti, but since the demand has grown, they source Muscat grapes from other areas as well, and have expanded the line to produce mostly non-Asti Moscato. Interesting that Royal is actively pursuing other alternatives such as the Teal Lake you discuss. Perhaps they have reached the maximum production in Italy (where the Rashi is also a Royal product). Wine being the very subjective thing that it is, it's nice that there is a choice.

                1. re: ocshooter

                  Perrier makes a kosher champagne but not all LP's are kosher.