March 7, 2016

New Kosher Wines from Around the World to Debut this Passover: Record Sales Expected

New York - There will be at least 50 new kosher wines for Passover 2016 to choose from in what industry officials say will be one of the best holiday seasons ever for kosher wines.  Leading the pack will be a broad range of new wines from around the world by Royal Wine Corporation, the leading producer and importer of quality kosher wines. Dating back eight generations, the Herzog family is introducing Camouflage 2014 to celebrate 30 years of wine production from California. Several years ago, the Herzog family planted and raised 12 select varietals in a secluded portion of their own vineyard. This limited edition is the first of these estate blends, commemorating their 30th anniversary of making Herzog wines in California. This co-fermented, 12 grape field blend delivers a kaleidoscope of a red and black raspberries, espresso, and dusty nutmeg.

Hagafen Cellars, founded in 1979 and located in California’s Napa Valley is owned and operated by Irit and Ernie Weir. Some of the new wines from Hagafen include 2015 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc; 2015 Lake County White Riesling; 2014 Oak Knoll Napa Valley Chardonnay, White Wines; Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2015; Lake County White Riesling 2015; Oak Knoll Napa Valley Chardonnay 2014 Red Wines; Coombsville Napa Valley Pinot Noir 2014; Estate Bottled Napa Valley Merlot 2013 Sparkling; Brut Rose 2012; and Coombsville, Napa Valley Pinot Noir 2014. Welner Wines, a family owned business established in 1990, specializes in producing quality wines in 7 countries, South Africa, Australia, Chile, Argentina, Italy, France and Spain. This year Welner is introducing Terrenal  Seleccionado 2014 (a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Monastrell); Terrenal Cabernet Sauvignon 2015;  Terrenal Tempranillo 2015; Terrenal Malbec 2015. Yarden imports quality Israeli wines from Golan Heights Winery and Galil Mountain Winery. Premium brands imported to the United States include Yarden, the internationally recognized flagship brand, Golan and Galil Mountain. Yarden Wines and Golan Heights Winery are introducing Galil Alon 2012; Galil Ela 2012; Gilgal Cabernet; Gilgal Cabernet Merlot, Hermon Moscato; Yarden 2T; and Yarden Merlot. Allied Importers USA, an importer and distributor of fine wines based in Long Island City, New York, distributes premier wines and sake from France, Italy, Israel, Australia, Chile, Argentina, Spain, South Africa, and California. They introduce the following new wines this year; Jerusalem Vineyard Premium Mareselan 2014; Adi 13 Shiraz 2014; Adi 13 Cabernet Sauvignon 2014; Adi 13 Merlot 2014; Adi 13 Merlot-Shiraz 2014; Adi 13 Petit Verdot 2014; Borgo Reale Rosé, Gofna Cabernet Franc Reserve 2014; Gva'ot The Promise 2014; Blaye Cotes De Bordeaux; Château Bellerives Dubois White; Dalton celebrated their 20th Anniversary by producing two limited edition wines, a red and a white. The wines symbolize Dalton’s deep connection with the Galilee and its vineyards.

The Abarbanel name has represented nobility for over a century. Don Isaac Abarbanel, known as the "Abarbanel" was the leader of Sephardic Jewry before the exile from Spain in 1492. Abarbanel wines are emblazoned with the coat-of-arms awarded to Don Isaac in the 15th century and have been produced by his descendants for the past 23 years. Abarbanel is bringing back its Semi-Dry Riesling, the Alsatian Riesling. Abarbanel has long been renowned for its Alsace portfolio. Abarbanel was the first kosher wine producer to bring kosher Alsatian wines to the U.S. more than 20 years ago. Along with all the wines and spirits this year is a new Grape Juice produced in a joint venture between Manischewitz and Welch’s (see special feature).