September 16, 2020

WINE – THE BIG ROSH HASHANAH STORY Despite Covid, Kosher Wines Sparkle

New York…If wine is for happier occasions, then Rosh Hashanah this year certainly qualifies. This year kosher wines are making news with many new kosher launches. The Covid-19 pandemic does not seem to have diminished the galloping business for kosher wines. Some prices for good wines are actually coming down like 2019 Bordeaux wines. Gabriel Geller of Royal Wines said that the decrease was not because of Covid but because the prices had gone through the roof and had to come down. Royal Wine just released Chateau Guiraud 2017, 16 years after the last kosher cuvee was produced by the celebrated 1st classed growth Sauternes estate. It is rated between 93 and 96 by the Wine Spectator, Wine Advocate and Wine Enthusiast.

More from Royal:
Sparkling French wines have been spared by the 25% tariffs imposed by the Federal government in last October, and demand has remained strong. The trifecta of kosher wines
produced by Champagne House Drappier is finally back on the market. The kosher versions of Drappier Carte d’Or, Drappier Brut Nature, and Drappier Rosé are available again and can be purchased from select retailers throughout the country.

In Israel while the country faces the specter of a prolonged lockdown due to the spike of Covid cases, its wineries are making news. Psagot Winery announced the completion of its new home along with its new chief winemaker. The 2020 vintage begins at its new location with an expected production in excess of 600,000 bottles and marks its 17th year of wine production in the Binyamin region just north of Jerusalem. The new Psagot Winery complex includes a mini wine museum.

Allied Importers, USA, announced many new wines for Rosh Hashanah. Hayotzer Winery’s Lyrica Poetry. Hayotzer is a quality driven winery situated on the outskirts of Jerusalem. Each wine is a personal statement of its creator (Hayotzer in Hebrew), the renowned French-born winemaker Philippe Lichtenstein. They are also adding: Dalton Winery, Majestic Old Vine Carignan, Asufa (meaning collection) is their winemaker Guy Eshel’s personal playground at Dalton Winery. Dalton Winery, Levantina Mediterranean Blend, which is a Middle Eastern wine blending Israel’s main viticulture region – Grenache and Carignan from the Upper and Lower Galilee and Petit Syrah from the Judean foothills. The blend 50% Petite Sirah, 25% Grenache Noir and 25% Carignan. Levantina is a deep purple in color with soft generous aromatics of ripe plums and blackberries layered with coffee, tobacco and coconut. Hagafen Cellars introduces Cabernet Franc Napa Valley, Estate, Don Ernesto’s Beret Rosé, Rosé of Syrah, Hagafen Lake County Riesling Robledo Ranch, Prix Reserve Sauvignon Blanc, 2016 Prix Reserve Syrah and Prix Reserve MJT Cabernet Sauvignon Hagafen Estate, MJT Block, 10th Anniversary Release!!

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