Thoughts on Best Kosher Wine?
I'm going to be hosting a wine dinner in the coming months -- I'd rather pair the menu with the wine than the wine with the menu. Mevushal is not a concern...so what's your thought as to the best kosher wine out there?
If you really want to build a menu around wines you've chosen, I'd go with the following approach:
pick three wines of different grapes/styles, for example one fruity white, one oaky white, and one bold red.
So then your challenge is picking the best/favorite one of each of those categories, which is easier.
Pairing is straightforward: fruity white with salad, oaky white with chicken appetizer, bold red with brisket/beef main.
You also want to think about how much you want to spend on each wine. A Yatir Forest which is a great wine will run you $65 to $80 depending on where you are in the country and if there are sales going on.
The Psagot Cabernet single vineyard runs in the same range, but their regular cabernet is closer to $30. You can also go beyong $100 if you really want.
I'm more of a red drinker and gravitate towards that, but there are really great white wines.
I also have read that at the end of the day, drink what you like as opposed to being fixated on people telling you you can only drink this wine with this food a la only white wine with fish.
Excluding some of the exorbitantly expensive (but usually very good) French wines such as Smith Haute Lafitte, Pontet Canet and Domaine Rose Camille or Herzog's To Kalon, some of the best red wines available in the US include the Yarden 2008 Katzrin, Rom and Elrom Cabernet Sauvignon, the Yatir Forest, Carmel Limited Edition, Binyamina Cave Old Vine Cabernet Sauvignon, Elle Valley, Vinetards Choice Cabernet Sauvignon, Gvaot Masada, Covenant Cabernet Sauvignon, Capcanes Peraj Ha'Abib, Flam Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Psagot Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. The Yarden Blanc de Blanc sparkling wine is awesome and well priced and there are dozens other well-worth recommending.
However, and as indicated here already, there are a tremendous number of awesome kosher wines these days across many price points (and varietals). Let me know some additional criteria (what type of food, do you prefer red to whites, Cab or Syrah or Cab franc, price per bottle, etc) and I can give you some more specific recommendations.