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Feb 22, 2013 06:02 PM

Pesach wines for 2013?

What are the recommendations? For something quite reasonably good.

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  1. I like Cream of Malaga but use mostly Concord Kal for the Sedarim for its low alcohol content.

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    1. re: MartyB

      I doubt that's what rikk meant when asking for something 'quite reasonably good.'

      1. re: GilaB

        When my daughter had shevah brachus I told the liquor store to give me an assortment of wines. Afterwards I tasted them all and hated them all - especially the dry ones and really didn't care for the semi-sweet ones either. So to ME Cream of Malaga is one of the best tasting ones.

        My comment was an honest one - everyone has different tastes especially with something like wine which, I guess, is an acquired taste.

        1. re: MartyB

          it's all about:
          cook not chef
          comfort food not haute cuisine
          tradition not trendy

          and the fact that we're not born after Reagan became President

          the gold standard is geshmacht!

    2. I am looking for something "quite good". Not necessarily for "wine connoisseurs", but for someone who does appreciate and know regular wines quite a bit.

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      1. re: rikk

        First, I'd stay away from French, because you're quite likely to be disappointed. Then, I'd stay away from Pinot Noir for the same reason. Then, I'd stay away from whites. There are several very good whites out there, but without tasting and choosing something to your taste, it might be disappointing. Then, I'd think of $25/bottle or more. I did have a very cheap Terranal Chardonnay, 2012, I believe, from Chile, that was worth multiples of the price, but that was a white aberration. In general, reds are the way to go, and $25-$75 is the way to go. Ella Valley, Carmel, Binyamina, Shiloh, Yarden, Flam and other Israelis have made quantum leaps in quality in recent years. Hagafen is solid. Four Gates is a distinctive California boutique, as is Shirah, Brobdingnagian, and Covenant is just a bit less of a boutique. All have put out superb wines of their types, and none of these boutiques are easy to come by. Do keep in mind the in my opinion, kosher wines can now be placed regularly among the best wines produced anywhere (some top tier, many 2nd tier). I wish I could recommend my Agua Dulce wines, but they will not be bottled in time, much to my dismay.

      2. I would go to Yossi reviews kosher wines and wineries and has a free newsletter. He usually breaks them down by price among other criteria. Also the Jewish Week has a Passover wine guide (not sure if its out yet). We could argue all day long about what we like in wine, but that's a waste of time. I like to see what educated palates say.

        1. Try the Gabriele line from Italy

          1. There are a huge number of kosher wines available now-a-days, which can make giving recommendations very difficult. Quite a bit different from when I was a kid and the choice was Magen David Concord Grape. Period. I guess it depends on your taste and how much you are willing to spend. It also might matter if you are hosting the seders or are a guest at at seder. I wouldn't call us "wine connoisseurs" but we do like good wine, can tell good from bad wine and are willing to spend a bit. At the same time, we host seders both nights and because our guests tend to not know good from bad wine, we will serve for the first seder (and the larger crowd), less expensive, but still good kosher wines, like Terroso, Baron Herzog, etc. On the other hand, when the crowd is smaller, like the second seder, or for shabbos, when it is just the two of us, we opt for Yarden or Hagafen.

            I don't know what the selection is like in stores in other parts of the country, but here in Houston, the grocery stores in the "Jewish" part of town have a very large selection of reasonably priced wines.

            You could start by googling "kosher wine" and follow the hits.