Apr 03 2009

Keeping it Kosher? Don’t Pass Over these Wines!

Tomorrow at Just Grapes’ weekly free Saturday wine tasting, we’ll be offering four delicious kosher wines from the Galilee region of Israel.

What exactly makes wines (or food) kosher, you ask? According to About.com, “Jewish Dietary Laws are rules and regulations concerning food that are derived from Biblical laws and rabbinical extensions. A person who follows Jewish Dietary Laws is keeping kosher. The ‘kosherness’ of a food is indicated by a symbol printed on the food package. Each symbol represents a particular agency’s certification that the food has been processed in accordance with Jewish Dietary Laws.”

In simpler terms, kosher refers to the method of preparation, not the taste.

While kosher wines may be indistinguishable to many palates from non-kosher wines, wine from Israel is not often served outside of the Jewish household. But not all kosher wine is produced in Israel; in fact, Spain produces thousands of cases of kosher wine each year.

Perfect for a Passover seder or if you’re looking to broaden your global wine horizons, here are the four we’ll pour:

2007 Galil Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon, Galilee, Israel: In the Upper Galilee, a wild mountainous region of forested slopes, gorges, stony ridges and running streams, lie the vineyards of Galil Mountain Winery. Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, full-bodied with concentrated berry and plum notes, layered with a hint of herbs.

2007 Yarden Mount Hermon, White Blend, Galilee, Israel: Yarden Mount Hermon White was produced from Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc grown in the Golan heights. The cool climate, rocky volcanic soil and high altitude are ideal conditions for growing classic wine grape varieties. Cold fermentation retains the natural fruity and floral qualities characteristic of these varieties. To preserve the quality of the wine, this bottle should be stored on its side in a cool, dark place. Kosher For Passover.

2006 Galil Mountain Merlot, Galilee, Israel: Sparkling purple color with raspberry, strawberry and wild berry jam characters and a light touch of mint and green pepper. A medium-to-full bodied wine with balanced acidity and a pleasant finish.

2006 Galil Mountain Kosher Chardonnay, Galilee, Israel: Clear golden color. A velvety Chardonnay featuring abundant varietal characters of green apple, peach and mandarin with layers of butter, almond and oak. A well-balanced wine with a medium-to-full body and an elegant finish.

Stop by tomorrow between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to give these great kosher wines a try!

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