Kosher Wine for Rosh Hashanah

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Tamar Genger MA, RD
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According to our tradition, Rosh Hashanah is the anniversary of the first day of creation of humankind.  We celebrate this holy day with a festive meal and of course, a special wine (or two).  On Rosh Hashanah we like to share a new wine for the New Year, appreciating the amazing diversity and creativity of kosher winemakers around the world.  It’s the perfect time to try something new.  Here are a few of the bottles we will be pouring at our table over the next week or two.

2012 1848 2nd Generation Cabernet Sauvignon (Israel); $23.
Aged in European oak barrels for 10 months, this wine has a purple color with bright burgundy tones.  An aroma of ripe red fruit, blackberries, mint, vanilla and tobacco in the background. The wine is full-bodied and complex, and gives a very balance, long and pleasant finish.

2013 Twin Suns Cabernet Sauvignon (California); $14.
A dark, full bodied character with a balanced acidity and alcohol content and tannins that grip, yet are soft and sweet. Very aromatic, displaying perfumey, floral notes along with scorched earth and red fruit including cherry, cranberry and fresh plums. On the palate look for flavors of blueberry jam, vanilla, toast, cinnamon, mocha and bitter cocoa.

2013 Dalton Single Vineyard Semillon(Israel); $29.
Elkosh is the youngest of Dalton's vineyards where a combination of chalky soil and a cool microclimate in Northern Israel help to produce outstanding Semillon.

2013 Carmel Selected Cabernet Sauvignon (Israel); $12.
Carmel Selected Cabernet Sauvignon carries pleasant amounts of blackcurrant and berry fruit with a remarkable mouth filling flavor.

2013 Barkan Classic Malbec (Israel); $10.
This wine features intense purple color, structure and plumlike aromas that pairs well with grilled meats, pasta and rich sauces.

2012 Capcanes Peraj Petita (Spain);  $17.
The winery selects the best grapes from their indigenous varieties - Garnacha, Samso and Ull de Llebre - which are harvested from ancient vines up in the mountains, reflecting the terroir of Spain.

2013 Borgo Reale Primitivo (Italy); $16.
This dark cherry red wine with a purple rim shows an intense bouquet, with rich fruitness hinting at blackberries and boysenberries followed by smooth vanilla. Eight months in oak results in a big flavorful wine with a lingering red fruit aftertaste.  Works well with grilled or roast meats.