Kosher wines for your Passover Seder and a few suggestions for Easter dinner.
With the change of seasons come celebrations that mark one cycle of the year turning into next. Spring is no different, with both Passover and Easter happening in the season of rebirth. What both of these days have in common are the meals that accompany the occasion, with wines featuring prominently at both.
No matter what religion you do or do not belong to, it’s likely that if you are not hosting one of these events, you’ll be invited to one. Therefore it’s good to know a few affordable wines to share at the table.
Passover wines, first and foremost, should be kosher. Though there was a formerly held notion that kosher wine had to be sweet like grape juice (think Manischewitz), wineries have come a long way in the past decade to provide quality wines that adhere to kosher guidelines.
If you are going to err on the side of bringing too much or too little wine to the Passover Seder, bring too much. The drinking of wine for symbolic reasons features prominently as you go through the Haggadah, the text that is read at the Passover Seder, so it won’t hurt to bring a little extra.
When it comes to Easter, even though wine has a sacramental function in the Catholic religion, its role in this holiday is more secular than it is religious. Therefore, there is more freedom in regards to what you can bring to the table. Traditionally lamb or ham is the star of the meal. Therefore, you’ll want to choose a Syrah to compliment the earthiness of lamb. For the saltiness of the ham, try pairing it with a Grenache.
If you are not a meat eater, or eating something lighter, like vegetables or fish, there’s lighter reds and whites, like a Chenin Blanc or Sauvignon Blanc.
2010 Yarden Cabernet Sauvingnon, $23 at Yarden Wines.
2009 Terra di Seta Chianti Classico, $19 at J Wines
Baron Herzog Chardonnay Special Reserve Kosher, $28 at KosherWine.com
2012 Domaine Faury Syrah, Kermit Lynch, $22
Purchase at Ferry Building Wine Merchant
2010 Cuvee Lola, Urban Legend Cellars, $26
A Rhone blend of Grenache, Mourvedre, Syrah and Petite Sirah. Perfect with Lamb.
2012 Haus Creek – Cuvee, $28, Blend of Chenin Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc
Purchase at Encuentro in Oakland. $28 at the restaurant, but $5 less as a take out.