What is a kosher wine, exactly?
According to Eater, “Kosher wine is made in precisely the same way as ‘regular’ wine. The only difference is that there is rabbinical oversight during the process and that the wine is handled “by Sabbath-observant Jews.”
Know that not all wines from Israel are kosher, and other regions around the globe (Italy, France, Spain, Argentina) also produce kosher wine. Baron Herzog is a well-known California winemaker that delivers quality and well-priced bottles. You’ll find these wines at various shops around the country.
A bottle worth the splurge
One bottle that caught me off guard recently was the Psâgot Cabernet Sauvignon Single Vineyard. This wine is not an everyday drink, however, because it’s in the $70 price range.
Hailing from the hills of Jerusalem, harvested from a plot planted more than 900 feet above sea level and aged for 14 months in premium barrels, this smooth Cabernet Sauvignon holds a deep, garnet color and can be compared to a cru classe Bordeaux or a fine Napa Valley Cab.
Savor dark berries, pomegranate, and black currant. The wine’s velvety texture and subtle flavors make it a pleasure to sip. It’s medium to full-bodied, but not heavy, and promises a long, satisfying finish. Pair it with lamb chops or roast beef.
A budget-friendly kosher wine
If you’re looking for everyday table wine, a bottle ideal to accompany a grilled steak, chicken or even a saucy pasta, enter Balkan Classic Cabernet from Galilee. Rich with berry and hints of oak, this wine is crafted from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes and is incredibly affordable, selling in the $10 to $15 range.
Because I’ve become more intrigued by Israel as a wine region––and visiting the country to explore the food and culture––I tried this bottle not even realizing it was kosher.
Kosher wine has come a long way in the past 30 or 40 years, so as always, don’t judge the bottle by what’s on the label. Taste first. Then decide.
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