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Moderately priced Passover wines in Boston area

Blumie Apr 2, 2012 10:18 AM

Looking for a recommendation of where to find moderately priced Passover wines in the Boston area (and if you have particular wines to recommend, I'll take that, too!). Anyone know if Costco is Waltham has any Passover wines?

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  1. itaunas RE: Blumie Apr 2, 2012 10:32 AM

    If you want a quest that might not result in what you are looking for, you could check out Violette Wine Cellars (same building as Sofra). I bought a couple of kosher wines from him (Richard) to attend seders in the past -- one he imported, another I think he just stocked. Its not bargain basement pricing, but unique product (focused on biodynamic and organic wines before it was common) and he doesn't focus on expensive wines. Assuming you find him open, you'll get an entertaining opinion even if you leave empty handed.

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      Blumie RE: itaunas Apr 2, 2012 10:46 AM

      Thanks. I'm actually driving from Cambridge to Belmont this afternoon, so it's perfectly convenient to see if I can catch him!

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        Blumie RE: Blumie Apr 2, 2012 11:53 AM

        No luck at Violette. Richard says he does not carry kosher wines.

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          itaunas RE: Blumie Apr 2, 2012 12:35 PM

          Sorry for the bum steer, he has only a small fraction of the retail space he had before, so I had a feeling you might go away empty handed. No other offhand suggestions so I'll leave it to more capable chowhounds to jump in. (I have bought some inexpensive Israeli wine in East Somerville sort of new world style, but not Kosher as far as I know and have picked up an Australian wine somewhere and noticed it was kosher -- in Medford maybe, but didn't end up trying it.).

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      Isolda RE: Blumie Apr 2, 2012 12:44 PM

      I think Costco in Waltham does have a few Passover wines, but their selection for all wines is very limited. What they do have is a bargain, though! I'd call before making a trip there for the wine unless you have other stuff to get at Costco.

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        weg RE: Blumie Apr 2, 2012 01:02 PM

        The Wine and Cheese Cask in Somerville has about 10 or 12 different kosher wines in the $10-20 range (some, but not all are KLP) along with the ubiquitous Manischewitz.

        The Butcherie in Brookline also has low to moderately priced kosher wine.

        Chag sameach.

        1. peregrine RE: Blumie Apr 2, 2012 01:51 PM

          Berman's on Mass. Ave. in Lexington, just over the Arlington line, has a good selection.

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            teezeetoo RE: peregrine Apr 2, 2012 01:55 PM

            I believe the Butcherie in Brookline carries passover wines - I haven't checked but I wouldn't be surprised if Russian stores like Baza and Bazaar also carry them. I have found the wine selection at Baza often interesting and reasonably priced.

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            bear RE: Blumie Apr 2, 2012 02:01 PM

            Trader Joe's in Framingham had several reasonably-priced kosher wines in stock today. Three or four different Baron Herzog including California chardonnay and merlot, $4.99 tempranillo, Chilean chardonnay, malbec, prosecco, moscato and a couple of others that I can't remember.

            I'm guessing the Brookline and Cambridge stores would also have some.

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              Bluebell RE: Blumie Apr 2, 2012 06:45 PM

              Gordon's in Waltham seems to have quite a bit. There's also Urban Grape in Chestnut Hill - might not be cheap, and they are sold out of our new favorite Chilean --Lanzur. But worth a try. Mall Liquors has an ok selection as well, but the broadest selection is probably the Butcherie.

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                nachovegas RE: Blumie Apr 2, 2012 07:21 PM

                Blanchards in Allston usually has a nice selection

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