With the Jewish holiday of Passover approaching, I wanted to share a bit about our selection of Kosher libations.
"Kosher" is a Hebrew word that literally means "fit" or "proper." When used in relation to alcohol, "kosher" means that the particular product meets the dietary requirements set forward by the Jewish faith.
Passover has additional dietary restrictions which include many beverages that are otherwise acceptable for year round use, which are not to be consumed during Passover. Any time grain (wheat, barley, rye or oat) ferment, the result is chametz which is to be avoided at Passover. Many types of kosher alcohol are made of, or contain, fermented grain and are therefore chametz, however, alcoholic beverages made of other ingredients are allowed.
Currently we have a lovely array of Kosher for Passover wines, plum brandy, sugar cane vodka, and gin. Below is a list of some of my favorite wines and spirits that are certified for Passsover, and beyond:
Hagafen Brut Cuvee 2012 Sparkling Wine Napa Valley
It presents aromas of lemon, grapefruit, strawberry, and white chocolate with hints of melon, tea, and toast. On the palate is an even more complex combination of flavors, including peach, tropical pineapple, grapefruit and pink grapefruit, berry, chocolate, tea, and bread, with a long, satisfying finish.
Yarden 2014 Chardonnay Galilee
The 2014 Yarden Chardonnay presents attractive notes of lemon zest, ripe pear and tropical fruits on a background of French oak. A medium- to full-bodied Chardonnay, this elegant wine is fresh, flavorful and drinkable.
Hermon 2013 Mount Hermon Red Wine Galilee
The 2013 Mount Hermon Red displays aromatic cherry and berry fruit characters, complemented by hints of orange peel and fresh herbs. With a medium-to-full body, this flavorful wine is great for everyday enjoyment.
Galil Mountain Yiron 2011 Red Wine Galilee
“Inky garnet in the glass, this wine offers aromas of black cherry and bell pepper. Fruit, cooling herb and spice flavors coexist peacefully on the palate, with hearty doses of cassis, black cherry, licorice, eucalyptus, chili flakes and bell pepper. Strong but smooth tannins never overcome a nice sense of fruity brightness that lingers on the palate.”
WINE ENTHUSIAST 90
Binyamina BBB Brandy Israel
Light amber color. Aromas of honeyed, buttered fruit cake and delicate spice with a fruity, medium body and a polished peppery finish.
No. 209 Gin KOSHER for PASSOVER
California Bay leaf and a variety of other botanicals were used in lieu of cardomom to recreate the flavor profile of the standard No. 209 Gin, while still adhering to Kosher dietary law.
Baroness of Booze