There are more and more Israeli and Kosher for Passover wines available. At Bottles Fine Wine in Providence there is something for everyone with a selection of over 40 different bottles. Manager Eric Taylor says via email, “We’re stocking up for Passover, and our selection is larger than it ever has been. I also just added a Kosher for Passover cider, (Strongbow), the first that I’ve known about.” Bottles carries at least nine different imported Kosher for Passover Israeli wines, including:
Mt. Tabor Cabernet Sauvignon: “The grapes were picked by hand at dawn, were rushed to the adjacent winery and subjected to cold fermentations, resulting in enhanced and complex aroma,” says the Winemakers notes on kosherwine.com
Binyamina Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon: “This wine is produced from fine quality grapes grown in Binyamina's Galilee vineyards. This is a vegan wine,” says the Winemakers notes on kosherwine.com
Teperberg Shiraz: “A soft, round, and very accessible Mediterranean -style wine with balanced acidity and a rich body. The Teperberg Vision Shiraz matured with French and American oak for 5 months,” says the Winemakers notes on kosherwine.com
Teperberg Merlot: “A medium-bodied wine, with a cherry flavor and hints of caramel and smoke. The grapes arrived at the winery in the early morning after being mechanically harvested. After fermentation is complete, the wine is transferred to a storage tank and the skins are gently pressed to the same tank by a pneumatic press in order to begin fermentation. The wine is then matured in French and American oak barrels for 5 months,” says the Winemakers notes on kosherwine.com
Jerusalem Gold Winery Cabernet Sauvignon: a “difficult to find wine,” says wine-searcher.com. It is made in the Judean Hills.
Carmel Select Moscato di Carmel Israel: Carmel Winery is a historic Israeli winery founded in 1882 by Baron Edmond de Rothschild, owner of Chateau Lafite in Bordeaux.
Flam Blanc Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc: “55% Sauvignon Blanc, 45% Chardonnay. This wine is made from the grapes grown in top quality vineyards located in the Judean Hills. The must was fermented in controlled cold temperature stainless steel tanks for 4 weeks. This process enhances maximum extraction of fruity and citrus aromas. This is a vegan wine,” says the Winemakers notes on kosherwine.com.
Flam Classico Red Blend: It is described on shoppersvineyard.com as “The 2016 Classico red is a blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 8% Syrah and 6% Petit Verdot, aged for ten months in a mixture of French and American oak.”
Gamla Merlot: “Gamla Merlot was produced from Merlot and a small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon, all grown in the Golan Heights. The cool climate, rocky volcanic soil, and high altitude are ideal conditions for growing these classic varieties. Aging in oak barrels, mostly French with a bit of American, rounds out the berry, floral, and spice characters in this approachable and elegant Merlot, according to the Winemakers notes on kosherwine.com.
HANNAH ALTMAN (email@example.com) is the content producer for the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island. She also writes for Jewish Rhode Island.