Rosh Hashanah is a time for celebrating the past year’s success. Making this holiday season special can still be affordable though, and there are plenty of opportunities for you to save money. That’s why I’ve put together a fantastic and festive case of holiday wines – elegant, delicious, and discounted for the New Year! Now through October 6th, this collection is over $50 off retail value! Was $422.88, now $372.85!
Herzog Late Harvest White Riesling (Save $5)
This rich, deep golden “drink now” wine possesses luscious pineapple, dried apricot, and baked apple aromas. With its balanced acidity, this wine contains a charming sweetness that you simply can’t get enough of. This is a perfect yom tov lunch wine, not too heavy and more on the sweet side, which fits perfectly with the theme of having a sweet new year.
This wine pairs well with fruit-based desserts, foie gras or for those of us unable to get foie gras, it pairs well with apples & honey.
Drappier Brut Champagne Carte D’ Or (On sale for $49.07)
The Drappier Carte D’ Or expresses all the aromas of a classic pinot noir, which constitutes 80 percent of this champagne blend. The other 20% consists of chardonnay which is required for this wine to be considered a champagne. This is a red grape producing white wine, offering the finest aromas of red fruit. The complex palate displays notes of almond, yeast, and some bright yellow fruit including lemon and gooseberries.
This is a pair-with-all-food type of wine as it really goes with basically everything from cereal and milk to brisket. Pair it with scrambled eggs and other breakfast foods as well as nuts, fish, and seafood.
Flam Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Take $5 off!)
This dry red (mostly cab sauv) blend is the result of the efforts to grow the best grapes and to preserve the purity and softness of the fruit. The grapes are grown in the Upper Galilee where the climate is moderate, and yields are kept low. Aged in French oak, which imparts a backbone and vanilla notes to the wine, this wine is big and structured without being oaky and overpowering, as Flam was able to master the use of oak to create a balanced but bold wine.
This wine is perfect for Yom Tov night meal, will not knock you out to the point of not getting up for davening the next day, but will enhance your yom tov seudah with one of the best wines made in Israel.
Sancerre Chavignol (Save $5!)
This excellent white wine tingles the palate as you swirl it in your mouth. It’s incredibly well balanced and light, perfect for cheese and fruit on a clear day. Dry and fresh, this pale green-gold wine carries aromas that are classically developed with notes of grapefruit. This is a French wine from Sancerre, which means the grapes are sauvignon blanc, and some have called this wine the best white kosher wine on the market.
This wine is enjoyed best as an aperitif or with dessert such as apple strudel or apple pie, sticking with the whole Rosh Hashanah theme obviously.
Shirah Syrah (Save $7 on this bottle!)
Marked by a meaty nose, ripe blueberry and raspberry fruit, mixed herbs, and charcuterie, this full-bodied wine has a nice oaky concentration and jammy fruit. This wine contains flavors and finish of blackberry, strawberry, blueberry pie, and herbs de Provence. Upon opening this wine, let it breath for an hour before enjoying. What I like to do is open the wine before going to shul (synagogue) at night, and then enjoy with my night meal. Since the wine at that point had an hour to open, its full aromas and tastes come out, making this wine super enjoyable. Serve with a hearty roasted chicken cooked in leeks and carrots, or a meat entree you might cook for the evening meal.
Terra di Seta Meshi Toscana Rose (On sale for $12.99)
The wine is produced with grapes grown in at the only fully kosher winery in the Tuscany region. Made of 100% sangiovese grapes, this is a big wine, at least for a rose, with amazing color. It’s like a rainbow with shades of pink, orange, and salmon. The aromas are pure and clean, very floral, earthy and old world, with a touch of under-ripe strawberries. Note the intense flavor of small red berry fruits, well balanced with freshness and a mineral taste. This full-bodied wine should be served chilled at about 53° F. This wine can be served with the Rosh Hashanah fish heads. You can also enjoy it with your challah and honey.
Chosen Barrel Reserve Sauvignon Blanc (On sale for $18.99)
This wine contains everything you could want in a sauvignon blanc. It is bright, fresh, crisp, and lemony. On the nose, you get complex mineral and fruit aromas, delivering a unique wine that is unlike anything in its class. This full-bodied, structured Israeli wine make it the perfect choice to enjoy with food.
This is a “drink now” wine, best served chilled with an elegant cheese plate or apples and honey.
Novel Novateur (Save $3)
Novel Novateur is a private label Israeli wine that shows off how cabernet sauvignon develops when blended with other varietals, in this case, syrah. The cabernet sauvignon offers strength, dominance and structure, while the syrah adds notes of spice and pungent fruit flavors.
This wine is delicious when served with an excellent Rosh Hashanah roast.
Cote de Nuits-Villages (Special price – $36.99)
This is a very special wine from the Burgundy region of France, world-renowned for its pinot noir growing abilities. A light-bodied, deep purple wine full of strawberries and clean earth on the palate. This wine is old world in nature and has notes of forest and earth on the aroma and on the palate. It is an elegant wine that is not meant for aging.
Drink it now with a variety of foods including cheese ravioli, fish, chicken, or lighter cuts of meat.
Herzog Limited Edition Malbec (On sale for $43.99)
The Herzog winery took a stab at a grape that originated in France but developed its fame from its amazing growing abilities in Argentina. And let me tell you, Herzog did a wonderful job with this Malbec. Balanced and fruity, not overpowering but strong in its approach, a deep purple with notes of spice and black fruit.
Enjoy this wine at an evening yom tov seudah with all the trimmings including apple & honey, the simanim, the fish head, and a main course of chicken or meat.
Chateau Picampeau (On sale for $22.99)
This Bordeaux blend from Lussac Saint-Emilion boasts a deep purple color, with a complex nose of red fruit and vanilla. The aromas are balanced and harmonious. The nose is confirmed by the palate, to be savored on the long, excellent finish. Being from Saint-Emilion, this wine is mainly merlot as the region is on the right side of the Gironde river, which is known to be merlot country. Pair this elegant wine with beef, venison, or a good roast.
Shiloh Secret Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Special price – $34.58)
Shiloh Secret Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is dark and mysterious, revealing itself slowly. It is a decadent red wine, smooth, with aromas of fruit. The intense flavors include dark berries, cassis, and an intriguing edge of pepper augmented by toasty oak. This is a typical cabernet from Israel; big, strong, and fruit forward. A firm structure predicts that this bottle will age beautifully through 2023. However, you can also enjoy it now with a sweet side like tzimmis (a steamed carrot dish), since its fruitiness will do a balancing act of flavors.
Don’t forget to check out this collection on JWines. On sale now in honor of Rosh Hashanah! Wishing you all a happy, healthy, and sweet new year.
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