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Days of Kosher (Sparkling) Wine

 

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Should old acquaintances be forgot and never brought to mind?  Not if that old acquaintance is kosher champagne.  This time of year we have many opportunities to raise a glass and celebrate, whether at the office holiday party or ushering in the New Year or avoiding the fiscal cliff.  While a rich red may keep you warm by the fire at night, an errant drop can ruin a party dress faster than you can say stain stick.  So stick to Champagne or sparkling wine, it’s affordable, light, festive and remarkably drinkable most anytime.  Here are a few of our seasonal favorites:

Drappier Carte Blanche Brut (France); $45.  Fine, fresh, elegant and fruity with apple, yeast and floral notes – a true French Champagne from a prestigious domaine.

Elvi Cava Brut (Spain); $20.  A blend of local grape varieties: Perellada, Macabeo and Xarel-lo.  Bubbly and dry, with interesting floral, mild citrus, and strawberry notes.  It is crisp and clean with a moderately long finish.

Herzog Selection Blanc de Blancs Brut (France); $13.  This wine is pale gold in color with aromas of peaches mixed with pear and other citrus fruits.  A crisp pallate with more pear fruit make this a very pleasant aperitif wine.

Bartenura Prosecco Brut (Italy); $17.  A wonderful, slightly sparkling wine produced in the Veneto region of North Italy.  Its slightly fruity, creamy, dry quality

With great deference to the poet Robert Burns and his incomprehensible song that is the midnight soundtrack for many a New Year’s celebration, perhaps a change of words is appropriate:

We’ll take a cup of kindness yet, for auld lang syne sparkling kosher wine.  L’Chaim!

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About Tamar Genger MA, RD

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Tamar lives in New York and is the mother of three amazing children, a Registered Dietitian, professor of Nutrition, and as you can probably guess, a foodie! Tamar loves to travel with her family and visits kosher restaurants wherever she goes. Although she loves the sights, she spends more time talking about the restaurants and food she ate! As a mom and a nutritionist, Tamar tries to balance her passion for healthy cooking with her insatiable desire for chocolate!

 

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9 Responses to Days of Kosher (Sparkling) Wine

  1. happy new year, and thanks for this great list!

  2. I’ve used the Herzog for Zabaglione. It’s a nice wine, wonderful for this dessert (and I also sipped some as I cooked). Nice selection. I will look for the prosecco locally. I usually like that. Happy New Year.

  3. Did you get to taste all of the wines…because that would be so fun :) I’m not a huge champagne fan but the Herzog Selection Blanc de Blancs Brut sounds nice.

  4. so fun! I’m a total ignorant when it comes to champagne so helpful list

  5. I love brut. Thanks for this round up!

  6. the Bartenura Prosecco Brut and Elvi Cava Brut are both a nice bang for your buck and great for mimosas http://www.joyofkosher.com/recipe/mimosas/

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