The Jewish High Holidays – or Jewish High Holy Days – begin this week. Since you may be looking for wines to serve at your own meals or to bring to others, I’ve found four kosher wines for the high holidays.
Kosher wines for the high holidays
Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, begins at sunset on Wednesday September 20 and ends September 22.
Yom Kippur, a day of atonement, begins at sunset on Friday September 29 and ends at sundown on September 30.
During this time, kosher wines should be served, and I’ve found four wines to try during your gatherings.
What is Kosher Wine?
Kosher is the Yiddish word for “fit” or “proper.” In order for a wine to be deemed kosher, must adhere to a few standards:
- it must be made under the supervision of a rabbi.
- it must contain only kosher ingredients; no preservatives or artificial colors may be added.
- it must be processed using equipment rabbinically certified to make kosher wines.
- it can only be handled by Sabbath-observant Jews, unless the wine is mevushal (all of the wines listed here are not).
Here are four kosher wines to enjoy during the Jewish High Holidays.
Herzog Chenin Blanc 2016
Begin your meals and/or end with a glass of Herzog Late Harvest Chenin Blanc 2016.
This crisp, light white wine can be found for less than $20 per bottle. With bright flavors of fall fruits such as pears and apples, this kosher wine would drink well with most appetizers, spicy bites, fresh fruit, or even desserts!
Herzog Zinfandel 2015
The Herzog Late Harvest Zinfandel 2015 can also be found for less than $20 per bottle. A medium-bodied red wine, this has the flavors and feel of a classic California zin: big juicy red fruits, a velvety texture, and smooth finish.
Terra di Seta Chianti Classico 2013
Another fruity, rich red wine for your Jewish High Holy Days meals: the Terra di Seta Chianti Classico 2013 ($18). This medium bodied wine is lively ruby-red, smooth, elegant, and contains big flavors of cherries, wild berries and violet. Pair this wine with brisket or lamb.
Psâgot Edom 2013
Finally, the label of this Psâgot Edom 2013 ($35) is what initially drew me in. This red blend consists of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Merlot, harvested from vineyards in Jerusalem Hills. This wine is bold and big, with flavors of blackberries, spices, and plums. It also would go well with traditional Rosh Hashanah staples such as brisket.
Pacific NW Kosher Wines
I’ve been searching for months for local Oregon or Washington producers of kosher wine. The only winery that I could find nearby was Pacifica Wines, based in Washington. If you know of others near Oregon, please let me know!
What other kosher wines would you recommend? Are you familiar with kosher wines and have you tried any before?