Tag: Passover

South African Kosher Wines

Review of two kosher wines from South Africa's Backsberg Estate Cellars.
The most widely seized upon message or theme of Passover is freedom from oppression. In some sense the repeal of South African apartheid is a related modern example of national liberation. So with such themes as freedom and liberation in the air, as we

A Spanish Wine For Every Course

Reviews of Capcanes Flor del Flor de Primavera 2010 and some Kosher for Passover Spirits.
Until a few decades ago, Spanish wines were discounted as not worthy of attention to those outside of Spain. But things began to shift: an improving economy in the 1980s, an influx of innovative winemakers, and an expansive rejig of

Wine Your Cellar Will Love

Passover wine suggestions.
With Passover just around the corner, we thought we’d highlight a couple of wines to enjoy over the festivities. One of the newest and hottest-selling Israeli kosher wines to hit the U.S. market is the 2012 Pasco Project #1 ($25) made by the critically acclaimed winemaker, and our friend, Lewis Pasco.

Tulip Winery: Good Wine and Good Works, As Well

A review of the Tulip Syrah Reserve 2010 and several recommendations for Passover libations.
All Jewish holidays, outside of fast days, entail big, festive meals. Passover is, in many respects, the ultimate example of this, despite having a more restricted diet. Not only must we eat matzah and maror at the seder meals, but

What To Drink With Your Brisket

A review of the Dalton Zinfandel 2010 and some suggestions for Passover libations.
Though the Passover seder has firmly established millennia old rules, rituals and traditions - the very word "seder" means "order" or "arrangement" - after all, the Jewish way is to conduct the night's proceedings with highly personalized, family specific, customs and practices.

New Winemaking Areas Offer Innovative Products

Reviews of the Flam Classico 2010, Casa Vieja Tequilas, Tio Pepe Fino Sherry and Dupuy XO Cognac.
One of the major advantages of being a relatively new winemaking region is the lack of rules and regulations that govern viticulture and vinification compared with the Old World wine-producing regions. In France, for example, most of the

Winery With Ancient Roots

A review of the Distillery No. 209 Kosher for Passover Gin and Vodka along with a look at the Shiloh Winery.
Before the Temple was built, before Jerusalem became the center of Jewish national and religious life, Shiloh was Israel's capital. It was the place where the "whole congregation of Israel assembled" to set up

For This Year’s Seder, Pacific Northwest Offers Fine Wines

A review of Pacifica Evan's Collection Pinot Noir 2010 and Meritage 2010 along with reviews of two Tomintoul Single Malt Scotches.
Our next stop in the search for wines for this year's seder is the Pacific Northwest. Relative newcomers to winemaking, both Washington state and Oregon have evolved rapidly to become world-class sources of

Preparing For Pesach’s Four Cups

A review of Odem Mountain Syrah Reserve 2009 and several Benromach Scotch Whiskies.
Traditionally one begins learning the laws of the Jewish holidays 30 days before they begin. This means focusing on Passover just as Purim has finished. Activity that, of course, entails so much more than just hitting the books to refresh ourselves on