Popular Kosher Red Wines

Tuesday, August 14th, 2007 at 12:00 am

There is an increasing demand for kosher wines, those that are produced under strict rabbinical supervision and according to Judaism’s religious law, specifically, the Jewish dietary laws regarding wine.

The difference between kosher wine and "regular" wine is that the former should be manufactured through certain specific rules that concern the Jewish faith. For instance, it should not be touch by non-Jews during the production process, or that some wines are being boiled so that they become "unfit for idol worship usage."

Here are some of the most popular Kosher red wines, which can be used either for Jewish holidays such as Passover or for your personal use.

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"D" Alazanis Valley Kosher – The D stands for Dozortsev & Sons, the most successful winery in Republic of Georgia, a small country located near the Caspian Sea. Its kosher red wine is semi-sweet, produced from Sarapevi grapes that are grown on the valley adjoining Alazani and Durunji rivers in Kakheti region. Aroma is strong, with full-bodied taste and medium oak.  Costs around $12.

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Barkan Classic Cabernet Sauvignon – From one of the leading wine producers in Israel, Barkan Classic Cabernet Sauvignon were manufactured from grapes harvested in the vineyards of Galilee and Golan. The wine has a deep ruby red color, aromas of wild berries and cherries with tobacco and vanilla bouquet. Possessing a finely-structured yet rounded tannins, full-bodied taste of cassis and mint leaf, and elegantly styled with a long rich finish.  Available at around $11.

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Barkan Classic Merlot – Another Barkan creation, with deep ruby red color, slightly reduced aromas of black raspberry and bitter chocolate. The taste is full-bodied with rounded tannins, highly concentrated and vinous, with sweet, creamy-rich yet sharply delineated flavors of super-ripe blackberry and leather. Costs around $11.

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Baron Herzog Cabernet Sauvignon Jeunesse Central Coast – A youthful red kosher wine from California’s Central Coast. A beautiful purple color with soft texture, tasting a perceived sweetness with fresh berry, cherry, and floral aromas. Can be enjoyed slightly chilled or at room temperature. Costs around $13.

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Covenant Napa Cabernet Sauvignon – One of the few kosher wines to receive scores of 90 points and above from top wine reviewers like Robert Parker. Its 2005 vintage, with only 550 cases produced, is called as having "beautiful purity along with abundant amounts of black currant fruit intermixed with licorice, tobacco leaf, and spice box notes." Its flavor is packed with ripe black fruits and streaked with even darker flavors of black licorice and caraway cracker, with a satisfying and lingering finish. Available at around $80.