September 7, 2010

A Sweet New Year: You Can Drink to It!

Bayonne, NJ…A growing number of kosher consumers prefer new wines for the Jewish New Year (eve of September 8th). Royal Wines introduced new wines from Australia, Italy, France, Israel, and California. Amongst the new wines from Australia is Harkham Shiraz, new to the US market. Densely colored with rich fruit flavors and spice, keep your eye out for this bottle with the slick black and silver label.

From Italy comes the Ovadia line, including Chianti, Barbera d’Alba, and Morellino di Scansano. From the Rhone region of France comes the Beaumes de Venise Muscat, a white wine that adds complexity and food friendliness to your every day Moscato. Israel has been a prime player in the quality kosher wine revolution in recent years. But most of the best Israeli wines have been Cabernet Sauvignon based wines. Domaine Netofa is a new winery founded by the traveling kosher winemaker Pierre Miodownick. The first wine released by Netofa is a blend of Syrah and Mourvedre - a fruity, food friendly winner. Rose’ is a great Succos wine, given that is has the flavors to hold up to lots of food and is intended to be served chilled – perfect for an afternoon in the succah. From the Yogev line is the new Malbec/Carignan rose’ with its deep pink color and expressive notes of red berries and lavender. Barkan has released a new blend; the Barkan Classic Merlot/Argaman. Argaman is indigenous to Israel and Israeli vintners are figuring out the best way to use the grape. This is a medium bodied blend and a welcome addition to the well-priced Barkan Classic line. Finally Shiloh, a boutique winery that has previously released the cult favorite “Secret” Cabernet, come two new 100% varietal wines. The Shiloh Barbera has expressive fruit and a mouth-watering acidity while the Shiloh Petite Sirah is a dark wine with gripping tannins and a full body. Recently released wines from California include the Baron Herzog Pinot Grigio.