Two weeks from today, on the 8th of April, many families around the world will celebrate the Jewish Passover. I have only attended one Seder dinner in my life, memorable for many reasons, not the least of which was the Kosher wine. It was an otherwise interesting and enjoyable meal.
But the wine was horrid, and I remember it well. As much as I tried to avoid drinking it, as much as I tried hiding my glass (“Dave, I found your glass in the bathroom – you must have left it there by accident!”), the parents of my friend (who was, and I know this will surprise you, a doctor) kept enthusiastically finding and refilling my glass in the spirit of kindness and generosity. Oy, the headache the next day!
So it was with great interest that I discovered two new Kosher wines from Covenant Wines. These are great wines, that just happen to be Kosher. Both are 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. And both are coaxed into being by the talented winemaking team of Leslie Rudd (of Rudd vineyards) and Jeff Morgan (of SoloRosa). These two highly regarded winemakers came together for this project out of common interest, and apparently, one too many Kosher wine headaches after one too many Seders.
So here they are, in what I call…
“I can’t believe this is Kosher!”
- Pull the cork. Pour into 2 glasses. You’ve divided the Red C.
Covenant Wines, 2006 “Red C” Cabernet, $39.95 – the juicier of the two, this wine is ready for immediate enjoyment now and over the next 3 – 5 years.
Winemaker’s Notes: Our second label, “RED C”, is made predominantly from grapes grown at the Young Family Vineyard, just south of St. Helena. Like Covenant, RED C is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. The blend includes some of the barrels from Covenant that don’t make it into our premier bottling, but that still show excellent character and finesse. Because RED C includes a bit of press wine, it remains in barrels for an extended period and is released some 6 months later than Covenant. RED C also carries the same kosher certification as Covenant. Click Here to Order “Red C”
Covenant Wines, 2006 “Covenanat” Cabernet Sauvignon, $79.95 – As one expects of a luxury-class Cab from Napa, this wine is big and packed with dark fruit flavors such as plum, currants and cassis. You’ll find hints of anise, cocoa/chocolate, warm leather and cedar notes. Firm but pleasant tannins provide elegance with a structure that drinks nicely now, but will help this baby age for a decade without breaking sweat. Classic Napa Valley! Click Here to Order “Covenant”
Note: Covenant and RED C wines are certified kosher by the OU and Kehilla Kosher. They are not mevushal.
Dave the Wine Merchant
P.S. Click Here for the Osso Bucco of Lamb Shank recipe recommended as a pairing for this wine. A great meal, for Seder or just an average Wednesday.
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