Kosher Wine For Purim

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Purim Wines

This year we celebrate the holiday of Purim on Saturday March 15, 2015.  As many of you know, the Sunday meal is a festive seudah celebrated with a delicious meal, songs and lots of drinking.  There is a tradition to drink until you can no longer distinguish between Arur Haman and Baruch Mordechai.  While that may be too much for most, it’s nice to know there are some wonderful kosher wines to share at your special meal with close friends and family.

Here are some of the wines we will be celebrating with this Purim:

wines for purim

Freixenet Excelencia Kosher Brut (Spain); $18.  This Spanish sparkling wine (Cava) is Freixenet’s first kosher offering available in the U.S.  Macabeo grapes are selected for this cuvee of delightful complexity, boasting aromas of ripe pear and green apple with crisp acidity on the palate, balancing long and elegant fruity and floral notes.

2011 Dalton Shiraz (Israel); $20.  One year of aging in America oak produced a highly concentrated wine that is dark in color, the nose is intense with black fruit, plums, berries, licorice, and pepper notes. The wine has soft integrated tannins and a long finish.

2010 Borgo Reale Maturo (Italy); $22.  The Borgo Reale Maturo is a red blend of 55% Primitivo and 45% Negroamaro grapes and is a perfect accompaniment to pasta, pizza and other saucy dishes. This makes this wine unique a wine which combines the opulent velvetiness of the great northern Italian wines with southern Italian warmth and earthiness.

Porto Quevedo Ruby Porto (Portugal); $21.  This sweet port wine is a young, deep ruby colored wine, with red fruits bouquet evocative of raspberry, blackberry, and redcurrant. Perfect to pair with chocolate mousse, apple tart, or dates.