New York…Wine sales are definitely up this Passover, but several wine and spirit stores said that there was “somewhat of a drop in the more expensive wines,” something that they blamed on the recession. There were wine tastings in many synagogues and even at Tribeca’s City Winery, a wine bar, restaurant and interactive event space, a project of Michael Dorf. The wine tasting on March 14th was held in conjunction with the The Jewish Week . Some of the new wines promoted by the Kedem Group / Royal Wine Corp. were on display. They included wines from Spain, Chile, New Zealand, Israel and California. Some of the new wines promoted by Kedem include Goose Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2008 (New Zealand), Elvi Clásico 2008 (Spain), Carmel PC Merlot 2007 (Israel), Psagot Edom 2007(Israel), Barkan Classic Pinot Noir 2009 (Israel), Baron Herzog Jeunesse Chardonnay 2009 (California), Alfasi Reserve Malbec Syrah 2009 (Chile), Baron Herzog Old Vine Red Zin 2007 (California), Weinstock “Cellar Select” Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 (California), and Capcanes Peraj Petita 2007 (Spain).Certain spirits are now, kosher for Passover, including a Zachlawi, Mojito Vodka and even a Casa Vieja Anelo Tequila. Mixers range from a Moses Mojito to an Egyptian Sunrise or 10th plague Tequila. In Israel, sales of wines and spirits for the holidays are at least 10% ahead of 2009, with the Israeli wineries turning out many new wines. In France, wine sales were also said to be about 10% ahead of last year.
March 22, 2010