Passover already? Uh-huh, yep! You may think you’re not ready, but just think about it this way: a dedicated foodie and wine lover almost never tires of discovering new wine and food pairings, so why should Passover be any different? Here are five of our favorite kosher wines and their seamless Passover food pairings:
1. Chosen Barrel Carrera
The Chosen Barrel Carrera is a delicious blend of three-quarters Cabernet Sauvignon and a quarter Barbera, exhibiting the rich intensity of the mountains in northern Israel. This wine has a little kick to it, a harmonious blend of spice and fruit. Pair with a dish of light chicken or fish to yield to its spiciness and not overpower its flavor. Side dishes may include light vegetables, too, such as asparagus, sweet potatoes or broccoli.
2. Jezreel Valley Single Vineyard Syrah
Jezreel Valley Single Vineyard Syrah comes from grapes harvested in the Kadesh Valley in the upper Galilee. Syrah is a Mediterranean varietal, suited to the Israeli climate. This is a well-balanced spicy wine, carrying notes of black pepper with intense fruit. A strong wine like this one, bearing lots of tannins and spice, pairs wonderfully with a big steak, hearty lamb or even cholent. You may not be able to resist opening it before the holiday begins! We won’t tell…
3. Shiloh Secret Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
There was a “shot heard ‘round the world” upon discovering the Shiloh Secret Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, a decadent dark red wine with fruity notes. A bombshell of a wine, it’s smooth with aromas of fruit. A rich bouquet of tobacco and coffee leads to a long finish.
The Shiloh Secret Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon can stand up to a hearty chicken dish such as roasted chicken with mirepoix (a delicious mixture of sautéed onions, carrots and celery, often used as a base for chicken or meat dishes, or in soups). This Shiloh Secret Reserve wine also pairs well with a sweet side like tzimmes or steamed carrots, whose fruitiness offer a balancing act of flavors.
4. Twin Suns Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
A hint of Paso Robles Syrah adds body and fruit complexity to the Twin Suns Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, which is stored in French and Hungarian oak barrels. This oaked wine is more reserved on the fruity aromas, holding onto an earthy quality that would pair well with equally earthy foods such as potato kugel, roasted root vegetables, chicken dishes and even chicken soup.
5. Psagot Sinai
This blend of Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon comes from vineyards in northern Israeli mountains. It is a fruity dessert wine that pairs beautifully with ice cream, fruit or Passover cakes. Open before the end of the meal and give it time to breathe before tasting.
A note about Psagot wines:
An ancient winery in a cave from the time of the Second Temple once thought lost was later discovered, about 18 years ago. The Psagot barrel cellar is a part of this region of newly discovered vineyards and wineries. Many remnants from those old wineries are actually in use today. The naturally damp conditions and consistent climate sets the tone for quality aging of these fragrant wines. Consider this the next time you fill your glass with Psagot.
Dare we say that we’re ready for Passover to start?