Celebrating Passover includes traditional Seders that make use of matzo, maror, and of course the four traditional cups of kosher Passover wine. Call it Passover, Pesakh, Peysekh, or Pesah if you like; the 2009 celebration of the Jewish Exodus from ancient Egypt starts at sundown on April 8th and lasts until April 15th.
Kosher wines for Passover are marked with a “P” on the label, which signifies that the fermenting yeast did not grow on bread and that specific handling of the grapes prior to bottling did indeed take place. Read on to find a guide to the top five kosher wines for the Passover Seder. Find a brief review of each wine, where to buy it and any applicable websites.
Kosher Passover Wine from Manischewitz – inexpensive
Manischewitz is a well known name for kosher foods, but the Manischewitz Wine business also caters to everyday and holiday wine needs. The Passover wine certified kosher wines for the holiday Seder are the Concord Grape, Cream Red, Blackberry, Cream White, Cherry, Extra Heavy Malaga, and Medium Dry Concord. Perhaps the best kosher wine for Passover from this selection is the Concord Grape that is sweet, but not overly so.
Kosher Wines from Sherry-Lehmann – affordable
Sherry-Lehmann wine sellers offer King David Concord made by the Carmel Winery in Israel. The wine is sweet and made from the American variety of Concord grape. It is rated kosher for Passover. It is a relatively inexpensive wine, with a bottle costing around $14.
Barkan Cabernet Sauvignon Superieur 2000 Kosher Wine for Passover – reasonably priced
The Kosher Wine site offers this Barkan Cabernet Sauvignon Superieur 2000 that is rated kosher for Passover. At 13.8% alcohol and with a price tag of $60 a bottle, it is less of a drinking and more of a sipping or holiday wine selection.
Capcanes Peraj Ha’abib 1.5L 2005 Kosher Wine – classy
At $110 per bottle and an alcohol content of 14.5%, this is a kosher Passover wine that combines Spanish wine with the dryness that serious wine lovers have come to appreciate – if they can foot the bill.
Chateau Leoville Poyferre Saint Julien 2003 Kosher Wine – luxurious
This is by far the most expensive and best kosher wine for Passover. Costing $189 per bottle, it is the quintessential red Bordeaux from France. If your pocket book can stand to part with this kind of money for a wine that is rated kosher for the holiday, this will make your Seder stand out.
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