Summer wines are here, ready for you take that first chilly sip. Ready to try something new but not sure where to start? Here are 12 of my favorites! These wines are sure to delight your palette and impress your friends. So step into the summer heat with cool wines and new varietals.
Jezreel Valley Levanim: Three different grapes go into this blend – chardonnay, colombard, and gewurztraminer. Each is fermented separately and then blended together. Interesting fact: colombard is a French grape that is one of the only permitted white grape varietals in Bordeaux. Sip this wine while relaxing at the beach.
Matar Sauvignon Blanc Semillon: These grapes produce the blend of choice for the world’s best sweet wine, Sauternes. While this semillon blend is not actually a sweet wine, interestingly the same grape blend is used here. Serve it to your friends on game night.
Koenig Riesling: This riesling from Alsace is located right on the German border and is as close to a German riesling as you will find in the kosher wine world. Enjoy this bottle with your most education winos, as riesling is the white grape of choice for most sommeliers.
Contessa Annalisa Moscato: Everyone needs a fun summer wine! This moscato, made in the old school Italian method, produces a drink that is light and “summery.” Match this Italian wine with a light Italian dish, such as a Caprese salad, or sip it poolside.
Cantina Giuliana Chianti: This wine comes from a very small kosher winery in Tuscany. Open a bottle at dinner for a small group of friends or family with a hearty classic Italian dish of spaghetti and meatballs.
Chosen Barrel Reserve Sauvignon Blanc: Bright, fresh, crisp, and lemony! This wine contains everything you could want in a sauvignon blanc. Drink this wine chilled on a summer day with an elegant cheese plate.
Novel Novateur: Discover a JWines private label wine that is filled with dominance, structure, and a hint of spice. This is a “drink now” wine, good with grilled meats that will pair wonderfully with a barbeque.
Chateau Roubine Cru Classe Rose: This is a Provencal rose, dry, fruity, and its cleanliness comes from filtering the wine before it’s bottled. Savor it as an aperitif while reading your favorite book.
Louis Blanc Crozes-Hermitage: One of the only kosher wines from this region in France, a “syrah heaven” as the grapes are perfect for the terroir in Crozes-Hermitage. Pack it in a picnic basket with some bread and smoked meat or grilled chicken for a rustic mini-feast outdoors.
Covenant Red C Rose: I dare you to try smelling this wine and not think that you are in a flower shop. Make a toast with this wine at your friend’s summer wedding. L’Chaim!
Gvaot The Promise: This is a Bordeaux blend, typical of the right bank of the Gironde with merlot as the main component. Serve it while hosting a neighborhood potluck dinner.
Capcanes La Flor Del Flor Samso: This is a big, bold wine that will last for a long time. Buy a case to keep in your cellar. Try one every year, maybe on your birthday or wedding anniversary, and see how it develops.
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