Rosh Hashanah Winesby Andrew Breskin August 27, 2018
After a long, warm summer here in San Diego, we are immediately faced with the upcoming “Holiday Season.” Beginning with Rosh Hashanah, the fall festivals will extend for three weeks, culminating with the observance of Sukkot. As the weeks pass and the holidays progress, the mood changes as well. From the contemplative and deliberative mood of the New Year, to the festive atmosphere of the latter holidays, how we feel dictates how we select and enjoy our wines. After a particularly enjoyable visit to several important California kosher wineries this summer, the mood that I would like to harness going into the holidays would certainly be gratitude. Not only for the lovely hospitality and friendship, but also to acknowledge the incredible hard work that goes into producing such a sacred beverage: the intense physical labor, endless time in the car, only to spend more time in the sun. The emotional toll and the financial weight. Artisans who must also be entrepreneurs, who spend their money on premium fruit and oak barrels, before spending on themselves. It’s a labor of love, but I’m sure they wouldn’t have it any other way. These selections honor their sacrifice and courage.
2017 Shirah Winery Bro.Deux
From a winery known for their Syrah based wines and single vineyard series, one of my personal favorites is their high octane take on the classic white Bordeaux blend. The two Weiss brothers (get it – Bro Deux) add their trademark flair to this otherwise tried and true expression of White Bordeaux, in this case, 100 percent Sauvignon Blanc.
2015 La Fenetre Chardonnay by Timbre Winery
After stepping away from the restaurant business at the peak of his award-winning career as a sommelier, Josh Klapper fell in love with winemaking. Always looking for more challenges, with the suggestion of his father, he decided to make some kosher wines as well. This stunning Chardonnay from Santa Maria shows the rich California style with some elegance and polish that we’re used to from traditional winemaking regions.
2016 Blue C Covenant Wines Israel
My first experience with the Israeli wines from Covenant, the Napa kosher winery turned Urban Winery in Berkeley, turned international winery with a sister location in Israel: this is a Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon blend that aims to please, perfectly approachable and wonderfully complex. Stunning packaging with an homage to the blue and white flag of Israel.
2016 Hajdu Wines Petite Sirah
This is a generous, full flavored grape that usually makes a nice introduction into wine for novices, but has a cult following for real California wine lovers as well (see the grape’s fan club entitled “PS I love you” –PS standing for Petite Sirah). Award winning winemaker Jonathan Hajdu, recently named Top 40 Under 40 by Wine Enthusiast Magazine, has been producing this varietal for nearly a decade and this vintage is as good as ever. Α
Andrew Breskin is the Founder of LiquidKosher and is the host of the Kosher Sommelier Podcast.