Kosher Wines for Hanukkah

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Tamar Genger MA, RD
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During Hanukkah, the wine you experience most often around my house is the “whine” from my kids asking when we will be exchanging presents each night.  Is it any wonder why I might want to try a different wine during the Festival of Lights?  Luckily, there are a number of excellent wines that can hold their own with latkes or any of the delicious dairy treats you may be serving this week.

Here are a few suggestions that will help light up your night – red and white…

2010 Pacifica Evans Collection Pinot Noir (Oregon); $27.  The Willamette Valley contributes the raspberry and red cherry flavors and minerally finish.  From Hood River provides the lovely black cherry flavors and grapes that contribute to the length and weight of the wine.  Light and bright.

2009 Goose Bay East Coast Pinot Noir Reserve (New Zealand); $29.  Very soft, medium weight with a full finish.  Black cherry and blackberry fruit with hints of vanilla oak.

2011 Carmel White Riesling (Israel); $22.  An off dry white wine made grown in Kayoumi Vineyard. The wine is pale straw with tints of green, and has an aroma of blossoming citrus, green apple and lime, with a prominent and refreshing acidity.

2011 Binyamina Reserve Chardonnay Unoaked (Israel); $18.  A crisp, clear and aromatic white wine with a refreshing character of fresh citrus and minerals typical of Chardonnay.