March 2, 2009

New Wines for Passover Are for Every Budget

New York…An unprecedented array of new kosher wines for Passover will offer consumers a plethora of choices for the holiday. In its annual Passover wine review, KosherToday found new wines to fit almost every budget. The Herzog family is marking its legendary kosher winemaking by introducing a special limited offering of Generation VIII’s handcrafted single vineyard lots. The To Kalon Cabernet Sauvignon offers aromas of currant, cassis, black cherry and cedar, followed by rich flavors of fruit and toasty oak. The 2008 Teal Lake Sparkling Muscat is a semi-dry white wine from ‘Down-Under’. From Allied Importers U.S.A comes the 2006 vintage of the Dalton alma from Israel; Borgo Reale Malvasia; Yain Kafrisin, the first kosher wine from Cyprus; Teperberg Terra Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon; and a new line produced in New York State called Silver Cloud, one semi dry white called Seyval Blanc and a Semi Sweet Red called Heavenly Red.

Yarden Wines, a leader in Israeli winemaking based on the Golan Heights, is offering Yarden Cabernet Sauvignon, and Galil Mountain Winery Yiron, a blend of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 3% Syrah. Terroso wines from Argentina and Chile are imported into the USA by Fleischer International Trading in Houston, Texas. There are five varietals from Argentina: Bonarda, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Malbec-Merlot, Merlot and three varietals from Chile: Chardonnay, Rose, and Sauvignon Blanc, all retail for less than $10.

Abarbanel Wines introduces Layla White, a creative semi-dry blend of 50/50 Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Made from grapes from vineyards close to Castel and Katlav in the Jerusalem Hills – mature vines with hand harvesting, the new Efron’s Cave Reserves are produced at the Asif Winery in Arad and are a prime example of new Israeli winemaking. Abarbanel is also reintroducing its Shemesh brand from Israel. Made from grapes grown from the sands of the Western Negev Desert are a Reserve Cabernet and Merlot from the 2007 vintage. Abarbanel will also be offering a new Efron’s Cave Reserves.