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

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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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Wine in the Bleak Dark Winter

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I’ve been sitting here wondering why Wine Shop sales fall off immediately after holidays.  There are obvious reasons, of course, that range from losing those New Year’s Resolution pounds to wanting to tighten the financial belt as much as the physical one.  There’s another, though, that I think is big and THAT is The Bleak, Dark Winter(you just felt a chill, didn’t you?).  There are a few weeks during our year that just aren’t holiday-y.  A few are in August, but who notices then?  The others are these January days–so long–so cold–so dark–so unlike anything fun.

Well, I’ve decided on a solution(or resolution), at least for me.  I’m sharing because it might strike a chord in you and give you a great idea for a resolution that will stick and grow…maybe into a whole new interest.  I’m going to concentrate on studying(and drinking) one varietal of wine for a month.  After January, I’ll move to another varietal, or maybe appellation.  From there, perhaps I’m move to fortified wines. Ok, it might all fall apart by spring, but by then I won’t care!  I’ll have early plantings!  For now, it will give me a reason to try something new and exciting, maybe filled with bubbles or with warmth.  Whatever, it will lend beauty, texture and substance to my days and a shred of determination to my resolutions.

 

Here are some ideas and choices that I’ve seen around Mora’s Fine Wines.

Llopart is a pLlopart Leopardi Rose Brut Reserva  2013 Spanish Sparkling Cava Wineersonal favorite of mine.  Cava is basically Spanish Champagne which, not being made in Champagne, cannot carry the name. It is gently pink, not too sweet, goes with anything or nothing at all!  From here you could go through Cavas, or sparkling wine from anywhere but France, or just  progress to Champagne!

 

 

While many people think Rose is just for summer, Rich and I both love Rose and will drink it throughout the year.  With the last few Summers’ LaPorte Sancerre Rose Wine 750mLburst of the Rose market,  many more Roses have come in to our universe.  Laporte has a beautiful deep salmon color and a serious heft of Rose greatness.  It is made of Sancerre.  To my palate it is less sweet, with mid-range body, and beautiful balance.  The area it comes from runs from the white cliffs of Dover(how can you not love that), through Champagne onto Chablis.  It is simply lovely and along with chocolate, entertained me through the last blizzard.

With the wide variety of Roses available, you could easily spend far more than a month exploring.

 

 

 

Ok…. I’m a little heavy on the pinks……Something serious?

 

 

  Are you seeing thIf You See Kay Italian Red Wine 750 mLe word play on this label?…If you see Kay…  However funny the name and label are, the wine is every bit as serious.  This one is big!!!!  It is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Syrah, and Primitivo.  If you see Kay is bursting with warm fruit flavor(and alcohol).  Drink this one at home around the fire or movie.  Eat a good dinner.

While this isn’t an expression of a single varietal, it does show what fun serious blends can be.  If you don’t want to limit yourself to  perhaps, Cabernet Sauvignon or the like you can try blends that are comprised primarily of this varietal and study how the expression varies with the choice of companion varietals.  It’s all for fun.

 

 

 

 

And let’s face it…..for fun, there is nothing better than…….

…bubbles!

Taltarni Tache 2011 Australian Rose Sparkling Wine 750mL

I love bubbles and I love Taltarni.  We all know why it can’t be “Champagne,” right?  But do we care?  Nah!  This is beautiful.  It was awarded 90 points by Wine Advocate(if we cared), and won the award for “Australia’s Best Sparkling Rose” in the Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Championships(ahhhhhh, the training!).  Yes, it is filled with petal and salmon color.  Yes, it is  made of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier.  But what do I like best about this bottle of joy?  Taltarni cleanses the palate as few other sparklers I’ve encountered.  For a winter gathering of two or twenty, this will keep the party going in the gentlest way.

Well, that was fun.   I hope I’ve given you some ideas for a resolution we can all accomplish and a way to outlast these cold dreary days and nights.  Please remember you are always welcome at Mora’s for browsing, tasting, or some great recommendations!

 

 

Weekly Wine Tasting – July 8

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Throw another shrimp on the ‘barbie! We’re tasting some great Australian wines at our Free Weekly Tasting this weekend! 

Stop by the shop this Saturday to try them out – and as a special on-theme treat, we’ve added the original 1980 video to Men at Work’s “Down Under” at the bottom of this email. *Mora’s can’t be held responsible if this song gets stuck in your head all weekend long. 

This week, we have three awesome Australian offerings, including perennial favorite Taltarni Sparkling Rosé. We threw in a great Austrian white and an excellent Californian red to keep things interesting. 

If you can’t make it to our free weekly tasting, you can still snag the deals online!

See our weekly deals – up to 15% off!

DRC Grands Echezeaux for sale

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DRC Grands Echezeaux for sale

DRC Grands Echezeaux for sale

All our wines are special, but this wine is REALLY special. 

We have a DRC Grands Echezeaux for sale, and we’re offering it to our loyal email subscribers first.

All of our wines are special (we like to say that you can’t get a bad bottle of wine at Mora’s), but once in a while we come across one that’s beyond special.

Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, better known as DRC, is Burgundy’s best-known and most collectible wine producer. They make some of the finest, most sought-after, and most expensive wines in the world.

DRC Grands Echezeaux Grand Cru is one of these wines, hailing from the village of Flagey-Echezeaux. This wine is ultra-rich and can age for decades. It’s a collector’s dream, and we only come across these wines every once in a while.

We have a bottle of it available – if you’re a wine collector  or enthusiast,  or just love DRC wines, please call the store directly at (631) 941-4458 to purchase it.

Mora’s Rose Sale for Mother’s Day

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Mother’s Day is this weekend, and mom deserves something really special.

At Mora’s, we think that the only thing better than Mother’s Day roses is Mother’s Day rosé – which is why we’re having a sale on some of our favorites.  Pick up a bottle for mom and treat yourself to one, too!

Aime Roquesante Rosé

With a powerful flavor and hints of herbs, this wine is perfect for a mom who likes her rosé flavorful but not too sweet. On sale for $11.04, it’s definitely budget friendly – leaving you enough cash to get mom a bouquet of flowers, too!

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Whispering Angel Rosé

Described by its reviewers as “irresistibly pink,” “drinkable is an understatement,” and “should be in everyone’s cellars. You can’t miss out on this favorite – it’s on sale for under $20!

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Wolffer Estate Rosé 

Fresh and vibrant, this rosé is sure to be a warm weather staple. Its crisp acidity and lively peach and pear flavors complement your favorite summer meals; perfect to enjoy poolside! On sale for $15.29!

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Palmer Vineyards Merlot Rosé

Made right here on Long Island, this crisp rosé is beautifully balanced with just a hint of spice. Pairs gorgeously with mom’s favorite Thai food! On sale for $14.45.

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BIODYNAMIC WINES – What Does It Mean?

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WHAT'S A BIODYNAMIC WINE-
The natural and organic food industry has been booming in recent years, as consumers become more health-conscious. The wine industry has been no exception to the organic food trend, and there are now a plethora of certified wines on the market: organic, sustainable, no added sulfites, practicing organic, vegan, Biodynamic, and more. For wine enthusiasts, the benefit of these wines is not only in the earth-friendly and health aspects, but in the superior taste afforded by these organic methods.
However, the different labels can be as confusing in wine as they are in food. Complicating the issue further, different countries have their own certification and standards.One of the strictest certifications is Biodynamic wine. Established in the 1920s by Austrian philosopher Rudolph Steiner, Biodynamic wine is part of a holistic viewpoint on agriculture. Biodynamic agriculture is similar to organic agriculture, but includes spiritual and mystical perspectives. For example, days on the Biodynamic calendar are split into four categories that coincides with the four elements of Earth, Fire, Air, and Water. Biodynamic wines cannot contain manufactured additives – they must be all-natural to be certified Biodynamic.

The Biodynamic composting method is an important part of Biodynamic wine beliefs. The horn is a traditional symbol of abundance, so Biodynamic winemakers stuff compost into cow horns and bury them around their vineyard. Biodynamic certification organizations have strict standards for composting materials.
 Many winemakers use Biodynamic methods for the health of their crops and for the supposed improved taste that’s a byproduct of these Biodynamic methods. This makes sense – healthier crops would seem to produce  better-tasting wine. That being said, there’s no consensus as to whether Biodynamic wines taste different or better than other organic wines. Biodynamic wine enthusiasts contend that their wines not only taste better, but make a difference to the well-being of the planet.
Mora’s carries a few great Biodynamic wines.
The Gemtree Bloodstone Shiraz is well-priced with exceptional flavor.
The Zind-Humbrecht Gewurztraminer has intense flavors and a gorgeous finish.
Whether you’re intrigued by the spirituality and mysticism that goes into Biodynamic winemaking, or just want to try something different, we recommend giving one of our Biodynamic wines a try.
FURTHER READING:
http://winefolly.com/review/biodynamic-wine-guide/
http://www.demeter-usa.org/

Wines that ROCK!

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Today, we’re featuring wines that ROCK!
We’re showing off some of our favorite wines made by rockstars – Roger Earl from Foghat and Maynard James Keenan from Tool, to be exact!
Foghat wines hail from Paso Robles in California. Foghat Cellars is a partnership between Roger Earl of Foghat and Tally Vineyards in Paso Robles. Roger is very involved in making the Foghat wines, but when he’s not touring with Foghat or making wine he lives right here in Setauket, where our shop is located!
Maynard James Keenan is best-known as the lead singer of metal band Tool, but is quickly gaining notoriety as an excellent winemaker! He owns Caduceus Cellars/Merkin Vineyards in Arizona. Their highly sought-after wines often sell out – we have very limited quantities!
WINES THAT ROCK!
A total classic of a cab at an excellent price! It has a rich palate with flavors of currant and cassis.  With a nice, long finish – and on sale for under $20, you can’t miss out!
This great Chardonnay has a deep, rich palate without being too heavy. Its refreshing tropical fruit and citrus flavors are warmed up with hints of vanilla and caramel. On sale for a total steal!
EXTREMELY LIMITED STOCK! This is an excellent blend – 45% Grenache, 40% Syrah, 15%Mourvedre. The vineyard changes this blend every year, so snagging one of our very few bottles might be your only chance to try it out!
EXTREMELY LIMITED STOCK! A hand-picked blend of  80% Nebbiolo and 20% Barbera. Caduceus Cellars’ team are total wine nerds, and they handpick and sort each and every grape that goes into each wine.
 
An enticing and gorgeous wine, its reviewer described it as a “Mountain Goddess.” This is one of Caduceus’s flagship wines. It’s made from 100% Arizona fruit – like bottling up Arizona desert and vibrant sunshine and pouring it into a glass!
EXTREMELY LIMITED STOCK. This fantastic red has grapes sourced 100% from New Mexico. Big, meaty, and bold, it pairs excellently with beef and barbecue.

Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez with our Big Easy Wine!

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Get out your King Cake and beads – it’s almost Mardi Gras! 

MARDI GRAS with MORA'S

Fess Parker’s “Big Easy” wine is a favorite for daily slurping. Inspired by New Orleans, it’s a substantial, meaty red that’s excellent paired with traditional New Orleans cuisine like gumbo!

This fantastic wine starts with complex, layered aromas of ripe fruit, smoked meat, and pepper. The palate is full of juicy fruit flavors sharpened by spicy notes and smooth dark chocolate. Its finish is long with chocolatey tannins.

Mention this post to receive 15% off a bottle of this fantastic wine – bring a bottle or two to your Mardi Gras party, or snag a case to drink year-round!

Want to try it out in person? Don’t miss our flash tasting happening this Friday!

Mora's Flash Tasting

Mora’s Presents: Fun Wines that AREN’T Going to Win an Academy Award

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As the Academy Awards approach us, we got to thinking of Mora’s cool selection of wines with awesome pulp-movie labels. Not only do they taste great, they look pretty cool on your shelf!
Keep scrolling to learn more about these fun wines, and an extra wine that’s great to eat with popcorn – because it tastes LIKE popcorn!
WINES THAT PROBABLY WON’T WIN ACADEMY AWARDS
– DIRECTED AND PRODUCED BY MORA’S –
THE AWARD FOR BEST BIKER CHICKS:

Misfits Wine released Cycle Buff Beauty wine to wide acclaim. Rated 90 points and on sale for an affordable $18, it’s full of dark fruit and cola flavors that are sharpened by a hint of black pepper. It usually sells out pretty quickly, so make sure you snag a bottle now.

THE AWARD FOR BEST FEMME FATALE:
Beware of the alluring blonde on the front of this label – she looks innocent, but she’ll seduce you, beat you over the head with a frying pan, rob you blind, and drive off in her trailer. The wine, on the other hand, isn’t so bad. Rated 90 points by International Wine Seller, it starts with delicious aromas of cassis, berries, and spice. The flavor is round and sweet, with a little hint of pepper. A great wine for an excellent price!
THE AWARD FOR BEST HORROR FILM:
Deep on the bottom of the ocean lives a terrifying creature that will crush the ship and soul of any unsuspecting sailor that dares cross its path. The only way to cope with this horror is by pouring yourself a generous glass of the Some Young Punks “The Squid’s Fist” wine. It starts with an expressive bouquet and has strong, bold fruit flavors with a long, zesty finish. Described by its reviewer as “dangerously gluggable,” you won’t want to miss out on this gem!
THE AWARD FOR BEST R-RATED FILM:
Don’t be distracted by its racy label – Naked on Roller Skates is delicious enough to stand (or skate) on its own. Rated 90 points by Vinous Media, it’s fully of juicy, deep flavors of fruit liqueur and chocolate. It finishes with smooth tannins and a satisfying length. *Moras is not responsible for any unclothed-on-rollerskates activity that results from drinking too much of this wine in one sitting.
THE AWARD FOR WINE TO DRINK WITH POPCORN:
Drink this wine with popcorn because it TASTES like popcorn! Rated 94 points,This is a true wine geek’s wine it is amazing. The current vintage is 2006, it is aged in BARREL for 4 YEAR before botling. The slow oxidation gives it the character of an aged Graves with amazing flavors or popcorn, toasted nuts and dried fruits. Definitely a wine of contemplation. Enjoy it at your Oscars party as you place bets on who’s going to wine Best Picture!

 

Tax Refund Season! We Say: Invest in Wine!

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It’s tax refund season!! What are you going to do with that sweet refund check?

We think that you should spend at least some of it on wine. It’s a good investment –  whether you’re storing it in your cellar, or saving it for a fun night with friends.

We’ve compiled a list of our favorite extra-special “splurge” wines just for you – and a few “save” wines if you’re trying to be more fiscally responsible!

 

SPLURGE
DOMINUS ESTATE
100 points. This Napa Valley red was rated 100 POINTS by reviewer Robert Parker- a very rare rating indeed! Parker called it one of the most profound wines in esteemed winemaker Christian Moueix’s history. This beauty had a very low yield of only 3,500 cases.
It has earthy, masculine aromas of cedarwood and soil. The flavor is singularly pure and intense. It’s a 40-year wine – buy it now and to open at your 100th birthday party, or your grandchild’s wedding!
PLUMPJACK CABERNET SAUVIGNON
Rated a whopping 96 points by Wine Advocate, this gorgeous Napa Valley red is a true investment. A big, classic Cabernet Sauvignon, it starts with layered aromas of blackberry, cassis, and a hint of camphor. The textured flavors are bold but not brash, and it ends with a nice, long finish. It’s delicious now but its prime is in 10-15 years – definitely cellar-worthy, and we recommend getting a case!
SAVE
FLORA SPRINGS TRILOGY
This Napa Valley red is highly rated and a real steal for the price. Described as a “wow wine” by reviewers, its plum, licorice, and blood orange flavors leap from the glass. It’s not too loud or flashy, though – elegant, polished, and refined, it’ll drink well for the next twenty years!
CHALK HILL ESTATE RED:
 
 
Dense and dark, this delicious red is packed with ripe flavors.  Cardamom and cassis on the bouquet add an exotic hint of spice. Layered fruit and cocoa flavors accompany a lush texture – this one will age spectacularly.