New York – by Eda Kram, New Product Editor – This Passover (eve of March 30th) is already setting many records, from the number of people vacationing in resorts all over the world to the record 55,000 items that will be available for the 8-day holiday. Not to be left out will be many new quality wines from around the world. In our annual new wine review, we briefly cover the name of the wines but there is a story about each of the wines.
The Royal Wine Corporation, the leading winemaker and importer, has its usual roster of new wines from around the world. From California Herzog Lineage, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc as well as a Rose. Hagafen, 36th Anniversary Winemaker’s Reserve. Israel continues to be a leading wine producer with many wines from small boutique wineries: Château Remo (Galilee); Gush Etzion(Judean Hills); Domaine du Castel La Vie; Jezreel Levanim and Adumim; Barkan Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon; and Covenant Israel Blue C Viognier, (Covenant’s Jeff Morgan, famous for his highly-rated California Cabernet). New from France are such wines as Rothschild Champagne; Chateau Trijet, Bordeaux 2015; Chateau Fontenil, Fronsac 2015 (first kosher cuvee of Michel Rolland’s own winery);and Chateau Lascombes, A Grand Cru from Margaux 2015 (kosher for the first time). From Italy: Bartenura, Sparkling Moscato Rosé; Limited Edition Demi Sec, From Australia: Teal Lake, Sauvignon Blanc; From Spain: Celler de Capçanes Peraj Ha’abib (Special Edition Pinot Noir 2015); From Chile: Alfasi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon; From Argentina: Flechas de Los Andes Gran Malbec, The spirit of Passover won’t stop at wines, thanks to these new releases: LVOV Vodka distilled from beets. Hacienda de Chihuahua Sotol Plata Tequila, Reposado, distilled from wild agave harvested in the Chihuahuan desert of northern Mexico.
Allied Importers USA, the 2nd largest importer and distributor of kosher wines in the United States, highlighted two new kosher for Passover items this year: a Blue Mountain Caribbean Coffee liquor and Eagle Oaks Wish Key which is a whiskey-like product. Allied will also be distributing some new wines from Hayotzer, founded in 1847, Israel’s fifth largest winery: 6 different series; Vintner’s Select (the Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon); Genesis (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Shiraz); Virtuoso (Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Rose; (French blends). A Meritage and GSM -Auteur Cabernet Sauvignon.
From Dalton: 2016 Petite Sirah, 2017 Chardonnay, Rose, Fume Blanc Canaan White, Pinot Gris and Moscato. Vignobles David has reintroduced their Le Mourre de Isle Cotes du Rhone, a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mouvedere. Kfar Bin Nun Rose and Minuet White wine. Gvaot (Shomron Winery) released their 2016 reds)Cabernet Sauvignon; and Vineyard Dance (a Bordeaux blend).
Hagafen Cellars, founded in 1979 and owned and operated by Irit and Ernie Weir is located in the Napa Valley. The new wines include Hagafen Brut Rose Sparkling Wine 2015; Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2015; Chardonnay 2016; Dry White Riesling 2016; Pinot Noir Estate 2016; Napa Estate Riesling 2017; and Sauvignon Blanc 2017.
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. The new wines include TresBuhis; Cabernet Sauvignon; Selecto (Cabernet 70% -Monastrell 30%); Pavolino – Veneto, Prosecco DOC; Pinot Grigio DOC; and Pinot Noir.
Wine and spirits by Maraskainclude Maraska Maraschino Liqueur; Slivovitz; Pelinkovac; Kirsch; Wishniak; Cherry Wine.
Abarbanel Wines, name has represented nobility for over a century. 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. New for Passover 2018 is the Abarbanel 25th Anniversary Reserve Rouge. In commemoration Abarbanel’s 25th Anniversary, This 2016 vintage Bordeaux-style blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (65%) and Merlot (35%) made from grapes grown and harvested at the single Les Terres Noires vineyard in the Aude River Valley in the South of France.
Yarden Imports, quality Israeli wines from the 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. The company was established in 2001 as a fully owned subsidiary of Golan Heights Winery, Israel.
Yarden Pinot Gris 2015, is produced entirely from Pinot Gris grapes grown in two vineyards in the northern Golan Heights. Pinot Gris is grown extensively in Alsace, France, and in northeastern Italy, where it is known as Pinot Grigio. Galil Yiftah 2014, is a single-vineyard Merlot and Petit Verdot blend that expresses the long-term collaboration between Micha Vaadia, Winemaker of Galil Mountain Winery, and Doris Faran, Winegrower of Yiftah Vineyard.
Yarden Malbec 2013, is produced exclusively from Malbec grapes grown in the Yonatan Springs Vineyard at an elevation of 700 meters (2,300 feet). The wine aged in French oak barrels for 18 months.