Winegirl here… With a bit of history and some suggestions for this Passover Holiday……….
The Four Cups of wine used in the Pesach Seder primarily symbolize the four distinct redemptions promised by G-d to the Hebrews as told in Shemot 6:6-7. Since each of these cups of wine symbolize an action that was performed by G-d, Jewish people fill a small cup or small wine glass with wine at four different points in the Passover Seder and drink each cup of wine. Drinking from The Four Cups of Wine also tells us that we can actively pursue these goals ourselves, meaning that we can actively free ourselves from whatever enslaves us.
These are positive goals to salute by having a drink!
This Passover, here are a few suggestions for your four cups:
Some of my favorites from the Baron Herzog California are:
Baron Herzog Cabernet Sauvignon Special Reserve 2006- Alexander Valley, CA
Wonderful complexity, finesse and depth of flavor, with layers of earthy currant, plum, wild berry, spice and cedar. Long elegant aftertaste- Deeply aromatic, full-bodied, with silky tannins settling in nicely to show a gentle hand with the wood. On the nose and palate blackberry, blackcurrant and purple plums, those matched nicely by notes of spicy cedar wood.
Baron Herzog Zinfandel Special Reserve 2006 (image below)- Lodi, CA
A rich and powerful wine with lush texture and well-defined blackberry and spice flavors- Dark garnet, full-bodied, deep and concentrated with still intense tannins and wood waiting to settle down but showing fine balance and structure that bode well for the future. On the nose and palate blackberry, purple plum, spices and peppermint, all coming together in a long, mouth-filling finish.
Baron Herzog Jeunesse,(image below) Central Coast –A youthful nose of fresh berries, cherry and floral aromas, finishing with a soft texture and a hint of sweetness, the Baron Herzog “Jeunesse” celebrates the fresh, fruity quality of young red wine. Not for the cellar, this easy-drinking Cabernet is ready to be enjoyed with all manner of meals.
For White Wine lovers, try:
Baron Herzog Chenin Blanc, Central Coast – this wine is light and refreshing with just a hint of sweetness. There are nice apple and melon notes up front, followed by an easy drinking finish.
All these wines can be found at the Baron Herzog winery at Oxnard, Calififornia .I recommend it highly to get a tour and attend a wine tasting there. The restaurant ,Tierra Sur Restaurant, is inside Herzog Wine Cellars new state-of-the-art winery.This is Chef Todd Aarons’ second incarnation of Mediterranean influenced seasonal cuisine, this time utilizing California’s local produce. Chef Aarons is a veteran of Zuni Café in San Francisco and Savoy in Manhattan, and is now returning home to California to make Tierra Sur his new abode.
Click and Pick- WIN 3 great cookbooks! HERE
A Happy and Healthy Passover to all!
- Wine: Making Kosher Wine, Finding a Path Back to the Fold (nytimes.com)
- Best Bet Passover Wines – Vol 2.0 (winetastingguy.com)