Passover 2018 Special Wine Tasting: International Wines Kosher for Passover (We’re not in Kansas anymore…)

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“Why are there so few kosher wines as good as that?” Leslie asked.  “I grew up in Kansas drinking Manischewitz.”

No.  It’s not a joke.  The Leslie who asked that fateful question is Leslie Rudd of the venerable Rudd Vineyard in California during an invitational tasting.  The question was posed to presenter Jeff Morgan, who had just done 10 years at Wine Spectator.  His first assignment was to write on Kosher wines for Passover.  He found that “Kosher” didn’t have to mean boiling or sweetening.  He proposed that with some great Napa Cabernet Sauvignon grapes the two could turn out the best Kosher wine in, well, forever.  That said, a year later the two were following their dream with the creation of Covenant.  To keep Covenant Kosher, they needed a fully observant cellar.  They approached Herzog Wine Cellars who agreed to help and began making wine.

From the start the wine was well-received on the basis of it’s quality….not it’s quality as a Kosher wine….but it’s pure quality as wine.  You see, Jeff found that the grapes could be flash heated immediately taking away the need to boil the juice.  These wines are barrel fermented with native yeast.  They are serious wines on their own merit!  These wines were so well-received that in 2008,  Jeff, Leslie, and their Winemaker, Jonathan Hajdu, left Herzog and started making wine independently.  In 2014, they built a winery in Berkeley.  Sweetest of all is that in 2013, Leslie, whose spiritual roots had strengthened with his journey decided to make wine in Israel as well as the states.  He joined with Winemaker Ari Erle to begin Convenant Israel.  This makes Covenant the only American winery to be creating in both countries.

We share the story of Convenant, not because it is the most important, but because it shows so clearly a destiny to create.  What they have been a part of appears to be a worldwide effort to pull together grapes, passion, and Spirit to create brilliant wines.  And this is always a beautiful thing!

 

Our Sunday Tasting Wines:

 

Ch Fourcas Dupre Listrac-Medoc  Kosher French Bordeaux Red Wine 750 mLCh Fourcas Dupre Listrac-Medoc Kosher French Bordeaux Red Wine 750 mL

Rated (91-93) Wine Advocate  April 2016

“The 2015 Fourcas-Dupre offers plenty of blackberry and boysenberry fruit on the nose, a touch of brine here, a subtle marine influence that lends it complexity and personality. The palate is medium-bodied with a juicy opening, a melange of red and black fruit, taut and quite linear with plenty of freshness and tension on the finish. This is a well-crafted Listrac that punches well above my expectations. Hopefully it can retain this level after its élevage – one to keep an eye on.” -Neal Martin
$24.99
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Covenant Red The Tribe Kosher for Passover California Red Wine 750 mL

 

The Tribe wines are made with the new flash-detente technique that allows us to flash-heat our grapes straight out of the vineyard. We never heat the wine. Both white and red wines are barrel fermented with native yeast.

92 Points Wine Spectator December 2017

“Jammy and plump, with black raspberry and sassafras aromas and deep blackberry cobbler, pepper and clove flavors. Syrah, Petite Sirah and Zinfandel. Drink now through 2024. 400 cases made.” -TF.

93 Points Wine Enthusiast December 2017

“This lovely blend of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Grenache is hearty and robust, with lavender, garrigue, black pepper and cinnamon aromas. Its velvety texture gives way to rich blueberry cobbler flavors peppered with firewood smoke notes, recalling a winter’s night..”

$29.99
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Tabor Adama Storm II Kosher for Passover Israeli Red Wine 750 mL
“Tabor winery is situated in the heart of the fertile Galilee. Our vineyards and winery lay in the foothills of Mt. Tabor. This unique location provides an ideal climate for growing grapes, as well as different soil types. These factors, and our highly skilled and dedicated team, help to make tabor wines special; wines that exhibit the natural grape aromas and flavors. A bottle of Tabor will always enhance your gatherings and special moments.
The 2013 Storm – Adama II is an equal blend of Petite Sirah and Cabernet Sauvignon, aged for 12 months in 50% new French oak. It comes in at 14% alcohol. Elegant and caressing in texture, this doesn’t have quite the personality of the Thunder, also reviewed this issue, but it has layers of complexity, with some dried herbs, gravel and cement. Like its sibling, it has moderate tannins in support of the fruit and a lingering finish. There is also an earthy, somewhat cooler feel to this, largely affecting the Cab, I suspect. It gives this a different feel than many ultraripe Israeli wines. In any event, it is a complete pleasure to encounter just now. It should hold nicely for several years at the least.”–the Winery
$20.39
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Tabor Adama Sauvignon Blanc Kosher for Passover Israeli White Wine 750 mL
Tabor Adama Sauvignon Blanc Kosher for Passover Israeli White Wine 750 mL

“This Sauvignon Blanc plot is 30 years old and is one of the country’s older vineyard blocks, if not the oldest. This plot receives extra care and attention. The vineyard is planted in rich chalky soil in the Kfar Tabor area and its old, goblet-shaped vines are treated with meticulous care and limited irrigation. These low-yielding vines produce the best Sauvignon Blanc grapes in the country. This warm region is unique to growing Sauvignon Blanc and is the main factor influencing the richness in flavor of this particular wine.”–the Winery

$16.99
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Bartenura Moscato Provincia di Pavia Kosher for Passover Italian White Wine 750 mL
Bartenura Moscato Provincia di Pavia Kosher for Passover Italian White Wine 750 mL

Kosher for Passover “Crisp and refreshing, semi sweet, with lingering pear, tangerine, nectar and melon flavors on the finish. Perfect with dessert or fresh fruit, or sipping poolside.” -the Importer

$12.75
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Baron Herzog Chenin Blanc Clarksburg Kosher for Passover California White Wine 750 mL

Baron Herzog Chenin Blanc Clarksburg Kosher for Passover California White Wine 750 mL

Ripe and fruity Chenin from California. Light body and emminently quaffable.

$7.99
Market price: $9.99 save 20%
We invite you to join us at our Kosher wine tasting at the Shop on Sunday, March 25, 2018 from 3-6PM.

 

 

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