Monday, March 19, 2012

Looking For a New Wine for Passover? Maybe This Will Help


Yesterday we blogged about seltzer. Today it's wine. What's going on? If you've been in a supermarket the last few weeks or looked at the full page or double page spreads in your local Jewish newspaper, you've seen the aisles of products old and new stocked and stacked up for Pesach, and the small print lists of hundreds of kosher wines, also old and new, waiting for you to buy by the case and use at your seder table. So although Passover is 18 days away, it feels a lot closer.

But how to sort through all of the ads and listings of wines -- dry, semidry, and sweet, red and white -- and make good selections to fill the four cups at the seder table?  Each year, New York's The Jewish Week conducts a Grand Wine Tasting at the City Winery in downtown Manhattan where dozens of wine companies show off their latest vintages to an eager rush of early wine buyers. We wanted to attend the event but last Sunday, when it was held, was a travel day for us.

Fortunately for us and we hope, for you, Aaron Herman, a reporter for The Jewish Week, was on the scene to walk around and get the scoop on all the latest in kosher wines. Here's his video showing many of the new wines, interviewing the vendors, and trying to make some sense of the wide range of prices. You won't see all of the new wines, but you should get some ideas to make your seder selections easier.

The paper has also published a wine guide that lists the 18 best kosher wines in eight caterories, and related articles about wine selection. It's available online here. L'Chayim!

(A SPECIAL NOTE FOR NEW EMAIL SUBSCRIBERS:  THE VIDEO MAY NOT BE VIEWABLE DIRECTLY FROM THE EMAIL THAT YOU GET EACH DAY ON SOME COMPUTERS AND TABLETS.  YOU MUST CLICK ON THE TITLE AT THE TOP OF THE EMAIL TO REACH THE JEWISH HUMOR CENTRAL WEBSITE, FROM WHICH YOU CLICK ON THE PLAY BUTTON IN THE VIDEO IMAGE TO START THE VIDEO.)