Special Edition: New Kosher Wines for Passover 2022
Bayonne, NJ…by Eda Kram…Wine experts call the thriving kosher wine industry a “miracle” considering all the hardships of the Covid-19 era. Wine connoisseurs always look forward to Passover (April 15-23) for new and exciting releases and this year will be no exception, according to Gabriel Geller, a noted authority on kosher wine of the Royal Wine Corporation. This year’s list begins with Jewel, Psagot’s new flagship red wine. Others are White wine Rimapere , Baron Herzog Rosé, Château Pontet-Canet, 5th Cru Pauillac and a good selection from Baron Herzog. Royal Wine added ESSA Winery to its portfolio, arguably the best quality kosher wine to ever come out of South Africa. ESSA offers a white Bordeaux-style blend, a red Bordeaux-style blend, a Malbec, and a Cabernet Franc grown in that country’s most prized vineyards.
Carmel Winery is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a special Reserve Edition 2016. It is also releasing a variety of superb Carmel wines including reds (Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot, Merlot, semi-dry red), whites (White dry / Semi dry and Bubbly - Emerald Riesling French Colombard, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscat varieties) and bubblies from their SELECTED series, PRIVATE Collection and APPELLATION series. The Private Collection series is the country’s leading wine series in its price category and has been awarded Gold Medal status for Best Value by highly revered wine competitions in Israel. The Appellation series is produced from grapes grown in the Judean Hills, Galilee and Shomron. This wine series is produced from among the best grape growing regions in Israel. The region produces wines of a distinct flavor and character. Rothschild’s Rimapere Sauvignon Blanc 2021 from New Zealand and semi-dry rosés and a Pinot Noirs from Tura, the estate winery in the heart of biblical Israel is also amazing..
As for coming trends, Geller is pleased to note that Burgundy is making a comeback, and fans of Italian wine can look for new releases in the coming months, including a Vermentino, a Barbera d’Asti, and a Super Tuscan.
Hagafen Cellars is releasing Prix 2019 Reserve Sauvignon Blanc, Hagafen 2019 Cabernet Franc, and Hagafen 2021 Sauvignon Blanc.
Allied Imports, USA Distributor: From the Shorr winery in Israel: Sha'ar Hagias Cabernet Sauvignon, Sha'ar Hagai Red Blend; Shikma White (A blend Of 70% Marsanne, 30% White Muscat), Shikma Cabernet Sauvignon; Shikma Scarlet Blend; From the Beit El Winery in Israel, owned by the Manne family; Carignan; Single Vineyard Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2016; Or Yakow Cabernet Sauvignon; Winemaker's Blend Opulence, a classic Bordeaux blend, Cabernet Sauvignon 66%, Merlot 16%, Malbec 10% And Petit Verdot 8 %);and from the Cantina Giuliano winery in Italy: Vernaccia, most prestigious of Tuscan whites.