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Enjoy A Dry Red Wine on Shabbat

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Enjoy A Dry Red Wine on Shabbat

1 Comment 09 May 2010

Yatir Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 – Yatir Winery is producing some of the finest wines coming out of Israel.   The Yatir Cabernet Sauvignon is a medium body, dry, red wine made from grapes grown in the lower Judean Hills on the border of the Negev Desert Region.  It is 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Petit Verdot, with its trademarked deep purple color.  Expect an action packed, flavor attack on the mouth initially, with layers and layers of black fruit flavors, and a long sensuous finish.  It should go great with any full flavored red meat dish.

Dry red wines should be served cool to the touch, but not chilled.  It is a fine new world  style Cabernet Sauvignon, which can be enjoyed by everyone, at the Shabbos table.

Goes perfectly with Rosemary and Garlic Baby Lambchops or Kosher Contessa Rack of Lamb Persillade


Mark Glicksman is certified by the International Wine Center in New York City, and frequently writes wine reviews for publications.

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Winegirl’s Suggestions for Shabbat Kosher Wines

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Winegirl’s Suggestions for Shabbat Kosher Wines

1 Comment 29 April 2010


Winegirl here-

But the questions are not always easy too answer!

As a known wine lover, many of my dearest friends call me frantically from the liquor store- usually minutes before Shabbat starts and asks me which wine is good? Which wine should I buy? I always answer the question with a question- for when? For who? Who will you be serving? How much money are you willing to spend?

A Few Dry Red wine Suggestions:

Domaine du Castel Grand Vin ’06 (click here to shop)

For an amazing dry red wine-I personally love a wine with a blend of grapes. One of my favorites is Domaine Du Castel Grand Vin. This wine comes from the Castel Estate west of Jerusalem and is 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot. At $60. a bottle- it doesn’t come cheap- but after drinking you will agree with me that it is money well spent.

Barons Edmund & Benjamin De Rothschild ’05 (click here to shop)

The Barons Edmund and Benjamin de Rothchild Haut –Medoc from France is a delicious blend of 60 percent Cabernet Sauvignon and 40 percent merlot. This bottle sells for about $27.00 a bottle and is a dry red that is full bodied with herbal and spice flavors.

Segal’s Fusion Chardonnay Colombard ’09 (click here to shop)

If you are looking for a blend a bit cheaper- try the Segal’s Fusion. This is a dry red wine also blended, 60 percent merlot, 20 percent cabernet franc and 20 percent cabernet sauvignon from the Galilee Heights in Israel-. At $11.00 a bottle-this is a very good price point- especially if you plan on opening up a few bottles.

No matter what you decide it’s always good to ask a salesperson what they recommend and what is popular amongst his customers.

I always tell my friends the best way to know if you like it-is to taste it! That’s what I do!

Stayed tuned for more recommendations on some delectable chardonnays, mouth-watering pinot grigios, and luscious roses……..




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Winegirl’s Suggestions for Passover Wines

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Winegirl’s Suggestions for Passover Wines

2 Comments 23 March 2010

French wines are usually made to accompany food.

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!

Xoxo ………Winegirl

  • Wine: Making Kosher Wine, Finding a Path Back to the Fold (nytimes.com)
  • Best Bet Passover Wines – Vol 2.0 (winetastingguy.com)
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Mulled Wine

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Mulled Wine

1 Comment 17 March 2010

Garnish the wine with a cinnamon stick and an orange slice

Before you start stocking you liquor cabinet with kosher for Passover wines, get rid of what you have with this great recipe for mulled wine. Mulled wine is wine that is heated with sugar and spices, and often citrus fruit. Instead of throwing out your leftover wine from last night’s dinner party, consider trying this simple and tasty recipe. (Courtesy of Justine Sterling.)

Recipe Ingredients

1 Bottle of dark red wine like a Cabernet Sauvignon or a Syrah

4 Dashes of Orange Bitters (or Aromatic Bitters like Angostura)

8 Cloves

1 Cinnamon stick

1/2 Cup of honey

Pinch of nutmeg

Pinch of allspice

4-6 Orange peels *optional

Place the cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice in a piece of cheese cloth and tie into a bundle. Pour the wine and honey into a large pot. Add the spices and bitters. Bring to a simmer and let cook for fifteen minutes. Ladle into mugs or glasses, garnish with an optional orange peel. Serves 4-6.

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