My people had a rough go of it when it came to developing their palates.
I blame it on Manischewitz because when you’re weaned on that wretched stuff, it’s hard to imagine that wine can be nectar of the gods.
With Passover festivities set to begin April 22, there’s plenty of time to explore kosher wine, bottlings you’ll actually want to savor rather than spit.
For the uninitiated, Passover celebrates the Jewish exodus from Egypt with something that delights foodies — a Seder that is essentially a service and feast wrapped into one, with drinking four cups of wine a key ritual.
To be labeled kosher, a wine has to be handled by Jews who keep the Sabbath and who follow the kosher dietary laws. But can kosher wine be nectar of the gods?
Absolutely. Here are some striking wines priced from $10 to $100.
Hagafen Cellars, 2014 Dry White Riesling, $24. This is a tasty riesling with notes of white peach, mineral and lemon. It’s bright, lively and refreshingly dry. Knockout.
Covenant, 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Blend Napa Valley, $100. Aromas and flavors of cassis, plum and black pepper. Ripe tannins. It benefits from merlot and petit verdot in the mix. If you can spend the money, it’s worth the splurge.