Symbolic Wines for the New Yearby Andrew Breskin August 24, 2017
In traditional circles, the Rosh Hashanah New Year meals are laden with delicious foods that all carry a symbolic meaning, designed to bode us well for the upcoming year. While most of us are familiar with apples and honey, in anticipation of a sweet year, there are other more diverse foods that can be incorporated into this ritual as well (such as squash, beans, fish, and in our family, beef tongue). Utilizing puns and poetic license, the Hebrew names of these foods will generally reference our desire for success, progeny, and dignity. While we are all looking for a happy and healthy one, perhaps there are some other wine descriptors that might carry over their meaning and similarly bid us pleasantries for the future, in their own way. As an homage to Rosh Hashanah symbolism, I’ve chosen four unique wines below which I may suggest have their own exciting attributes, for a fun way to incorporate excellent wines into a traditional new years celebration.
2016 Hagafen Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley – Alacrity for our daily tasks and an energetic approach for life is truly an attribute for which to strive. Represent that drive with this lively wine from Napa stalwart Hagafen Winery. Notes of lemon, tropical fruit, grapefruit zest, and fresh cut grass are truly exhilarating in the glass and on the palate. Serve on its own or with a mixed greens salad with roasted local Squash. $22
Champagne Bonnet Ponson, Brut Premier Cru, France – Sometimes we are faced with unexpected situations, or opportunities that are outside of familiar areas, where our ability to adapt and adjust is tested. While most people associate Champagne only with celebratory moments, this is by far the most versatile wine on the planet. This wine has an elegant mousse with flavors of lemon curd and apple tart. Save the orange juice and enjoy this delectable wine with diverse cuisine from sushi to fried chicken, or even with breakfast. $59
2014 Recanati Wild Carignan, Israel – Commitment to honoring the past is a value with which many can identify. This wine hails from a forgotten vineyard in Israel, where the farmer refused to uproot ancient vines in order to replace them with more contemporary varieties of grapes. Turns out, this commitment to the past was spot on; the grapes from this vineyard would go on to comprise critically acclaimed wines, which are some of the most unique and enjoyable wines from Israel I’ve had in quite some time. $49
2012 Echo Roses Camille, Bordeaux, France – Having the strength to follow your passion, dreams, and convictions, requires incredible fortitude. Tap into the full bodied structure of this small production single vineyard wine from the heart of Pomerol, the “Rodeo Drive” of Bordeaux. Made by a fifth generation Bordeaux winemaker, this layered, luscious wine has signature regional aromas of violets, cocoa and raspberry. Drink now after a couple hours of breathing, or cellar for new year’s festivities to come. $79
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