The Best Kosher Wine for Your Passover Seder
Planning a Passover Seder? We've rounded up the best kosher wines to serve at your special meal.
A Quick Note About Passover and Kosher Wine
Passover—a week-long Jewish holiday—begins with the Seder dinner. During this special meal, four glasses of wine (or grape juice) are drunk at specific times to celebrate the exodus of the Jewish people from Egypt. (If you’re new to Passover Seder, check out our first-timer’s guide here).
Wine that is “kosher” means it has been produced following strict guidelines from the time the grapes enter the winery to when the wine is bottled. In most cases, wine that is certified as kosher requires Sabbath-observant Jews to either supervise or entirely manage the wine-making process. Additionally, any ingredients used in the wine, such as yeasts or fining agents, must also be certified kosher. All kosher wine that is produced, marketed and sold commercially will have the official mark of kosher certification. Follow along for our top picks.
Flam Rosé 2018
This rosé, which comes from the Judean Hill region of Israel, is made from 100% cabernet franc grapes. It has a citrusy aroma with notes of grapefruit and stone fruits. It is a lighter wine that is best served chilled. Ready for rosé all day? Here are 5 must-know facts about the pretty pink wine.
Hagafen Chardonnay 2017
Napa Valley-based Hagafen Cellars was the first kosher winery established in California. Their signature chardonnay, aged in New American oak, features the aromas of honey crisp apple, pineapple and lemon zest. Its flavor features notes of golden delicious apple and Asian pear and a light, balanced finish.
Covenant Viognier 2018
Covenant Viognier is a Rhône-varietal grape grown in Israel. This dry white wine has a bright and fresh tropical fruit flavor.
Chateau de By Médoc 2016
This garnet-colored Bordeaux is well-balanced and medium-bodied. Its aromas include red berries and toasted oak. Tasting notes include flavors of tart cherries, green foliage and ripe red berries. It is high in tannins and has a moderate finish. This versatile wine pairs well with a variety of foods.
Herzog Lineage Choreograph 2016
This Californian red blend features a combination of 12 grape varietals, each chosen for the unique flavor they provide to the final product. This well-balanced red blend features flavors of red and black raspberries, espresso and nutmeg.
Carmel Limited Edition 2014
This Bordeaux-style blend from Israel is barrel-aged in French oak for 15 months. The cabernet sauvignon-heavy blend also features petit verdot, merlot and cabernet franc grapes. On the nose, it has the aromas of blackcurrants, bittersweet chocolate and cassis. It is a full-bodied wine and a well-balanced finish. Drinkable now, it will also continue to develop in the bottle and is an ideal choice for cellaring.
Barkan Classics Cabernet Sauvignon
This cabernet sauvignon is grown in northern Israel. Deep ruby red in color, this full-bodied wine has aromas of spice, berries and hints of oak.
Terra di Seta Chianti Classico Riserva
This Chianti Classico, grown in the hills of Tuscany, is sourced only from 100% organic Sangiovese grapes. It is a full-bodied wine with a velvet finish. It features aromas of cherries and wild berries as well as hints of spices and violet.
Herzog Late Harvest Orange Muscat 2018
This Californian orange muscat provides the perfect finish to any meal. Made from 100% orange muscat grapes, this sweet dessert wine has a floral and citrusy aroma. On the palate, this fruit-forward wine features the flavors of pineapple, passion fruit and spices.
Tzafona Vidal Ice Wine 2016
This Canadian ice wine features intense aromas of honey and stone fruits. On the palate, it has hints of apricots, peaches, pineapple, tangerine and grapefruit.