Kosher Wine for Summertime

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Tamar Genger MA, RD
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As I write this kosher wine article, it’s over 90 degrees outside – at 8 o’clock at night.  In the midst of an interminable heat wave, it is hard to get motivated to think about wine.  A frozen margarita or strawberry daiquiri?  No problem!  But wine?  Now this is going to be tough.

But over the past few weeks, I’ve been giving reds a rest and Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay a test.

Here are a few wonderful white wines to help you unwind as the mercury rises.

2011 Binyamina Reserve Unoaked Chardonnay (Judean Hills); $19.  Fermenting in stainless steel barrels reveals a crisp, clear aromatic wine with a refreshing character of fresh citrus, apples and minerals.

2009 Herzog Special Reserve Chardonnay (California); $30.  This Chardonnay was barrel and stainless steel fermented and then aged in French and American oak for 15 months. This cool, terroir-oriented wine shows elegant top notes of lime, chamomile and tropical fruit overlaid with a bouquet of toasty oak.

2009 Alexander Liza Sauvignon Blanc (Galilee); $22.  Light gold, with aroma of lime, grapefruit and grass with ripe tropical fruit like pineapple. Tastes sharp, long and balanced with good acidity which is balanced by fruit.

2010 Shiloh Chardonnay (Judean Hills); $18.  Aged for 10 months in French oak, this is an elegant Chardonnay with a nose of tropical fruit and summer peaches, the wine tastes of bright apples and golden pineapple.