Who doesn’t love that you get to drink not one, but four glasses of wine during Passover?! I know it definitely makes our family’s Passover seder a bit more fun than normal. That fourth glass alone is practically liquid courage to sing louder than normal at the end of the seder, right?
Now I took it upon myself (and a few good friends who helped the cause) to test out a few of the kosher for Passover wine choices out there… you’re welcome. Now. since choosing the Passover wine isn’t usually my job, I was not really sure of what my choices at my local Total Wine would be other than maybe a few bottles the sweet, sweet Manischewitz Wine.
I was surprised to see so many choices! My original plan of just choosing a bunch of random wines to try quickly changed to figuring out a strategy to make tasting enjoyable but productive… I mean come on, this was “research” after all! I decided to choose three brands of wine and a white and red from each making the types of wines as comparable as possible. Bonus… all of these wines were definitely budget friendly falling at under $20 each at Total Wine!
So I give you our Passover wine review, and if you try one of these or another favorite, don’t forget to let me know what you think by sending me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org or tag @jewphx in your Facebook and Instagram posts!
BARKAN VINEYARDS CHARDONNAY: I have heard of and probably tasted a few different types of Barkan wine. It was the one that all of us were most familiar with, and while the wine was nice and light, none of us thought this would be our first choice. Rating: 6.5 (on a scale of 1-10)
BARKAN VINEYARDS CABERNET SAUVIGNON: For a red wine, this bottle was very light. It drank very nicely, but none of us truly loved it. Overall, a nice choice to bring that would please most. Rating: 7 (on a scale of 1-10)
BEN AMI CHARDONNAY: This was my personal favorite wine overall, and I found myself continuing to go back to it after the tasting was over. Very drinkable and bright, we all agreed that we could enjoy at least four glasses of this during Passover seder and possibly throughout the whole week! Rating: 9 (on a scale of 1-10)
BEN AMI CABERNET SAUVIGNON: Another winner! This wine was very enjoyable with lots of fruity notes. Some of us had tried this wine before and after drinking remembered why we liked it so much. Bold flavor but not heavy, this wine would surly be enjoyed by most. Rating: 8.5 (on a scale of 1-10)
YOGEV SAUVIGNON BLANC & CHARDONNAY: This blended white was very refreshing and came in as a close second. A bit sweet, this wine would be great for people who enjoy a refreshing sip during the seder. Rating: 8 (on a scale of 1-10)
YOGEV CABERNET SAUVIGNON & MERLOT: Very solid, easy-to-drink wine, and my personal favorite red. As a blend, it is very smooth and reminds me of many other (non-kosher) wines I tend to enjoy. If you are looking for something a bit different, this is a great choice. Rating: 7.5 (on a scale of 1-10)
Overall Favorite White: Ben Ami Chardonnay
Overall Favorite Red: Ben Ami Cabarnet Sauvignon
But wait! There’s more…
A few weeks ago, Makor hosted a unique kosher wine tasting with about 20 people held at a private home. The evening was described as “intimate and lovely” by host Arthur Rothstein.
“All of the wines were selected and tasted because of the unique stories from the wineries,” said Arthur. “This made the evening really meaningful because we enjoyed not only great wine but also really unique stories.”
Here is a list of the wines that were tasted that evening, which Arthur said were all delicious.
Capcanes Peraj Petita 2017
Tura Mountain Heights Merlot 2014
Covenant Red C Sauvignon Blanc 2017
Nevo Blend 2014
Psagot Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
Flam Reserve Syrah 2016