September 2020 -- Elul 5780-Tishri 5781,  Volume 26, Issue 9

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When the sun goes down on September 18, Jews around the world will greet the Hebrew New Year with prayer, reflection, and ancient customs. Rosh Hashana is traditionally observed in both the synagogue and in the home, where friends and loved ones gather for a festive holiday meal. This special repast of symbolic foods and treasured family recipes is the kind of feast that calls for a beautiful table. It’s time to break out the good dishes and fine stemware!

 

It’s only fitting to celebrate the birth of the universe, more than 5,700 years ago, with wine that rises to the occasion. It doesn’t have to be rare or expensive, as long as it’s delicious. Fortunately, fall is the season when an abundance of new, exciting vintages are released.

 

This fall, Herzog Wine Cellars is introducing Herzog Variations Be-leaf Cabernet Sauvignon. A delicious, full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon from the acclaimed Paso Robles viticultural area, this blend is made from grapes grown in an organic vineyard, without any added sulfites. This is a quality option for consumers seeking organic products or who are sensitive to sulfites.

 

Ephod is a new Israeli winery under the direction of veteran French winemaker David Suissa. The three Ephod wines – Ebiatar, Keter, and Regesh – are made with the classic Bordeaux grapes varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Petit Verdot.

 

Ido Lewinsohn, one of a select group of candidates for the revered Master of Wine designation, keeps on innovating with two new releases from Segal. Segal Wild Fermentation Chardonnay and Segal Wild Fermentation Cabernet Sauvignon are made from a fermentation process that uses only natural yeast from the vineyard. These flavorful, high-quality wines provide great value.

 

The ecologically-focused Tabor winery released a Single Vineyard wine made from an interesting grape variety, Marselan, which is a hybrid of Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache Noir. This wine features spicy, earthy attributes in a robust, full-flavored combination of black fruit and herbal notes. It has a delicate, refined mouthfeel. Available in limited quantities.

 

The leading Judean Hills family winery, Flam, introduces a new wine to its acclaimed lineup: Camellia, named after the Flam family’s matriarch. This top-notch Chardonnay is masterfully blended with 10% Sauvignon Blanc, providing vibrant, grassy, and complex mineral notes.

 

Royal wine just released the 2017 vintage kosher run of Château Guiraud, its celebrated 1st Grand Cru Sauternes. The last kosher release of this high-end dessert wine was the 2001 vintage. Sixteen years of patience have paid off: this stellar, decadent wine would be a highlight at any Rosh Hashana table, but it can also be cellared over the next few decades to evolve and develop further complexity.

 

The Champagne wines of Drappier were victims of their own success. The three kosher wines produced by this venerable Champagne producer were out of stock for almost 15 months. They are now back on the shelves in time for the upcoming Jewish New Year celebrations.

 

Château de Santenay, a respectable Burgundy producer, released the first kosher run of its Chardonnay from the Mercurey appellation. This new wine is another great example of the high-quality offerings available to kosher wine consumers.

 

Following the successful introduction of Bartenura Moscato in cans, Royal Wine introduces J. Folk, a quality dry rosé exclusively available in packs of four 250ml cans. This easygoing, fruit-forward wine is lively and refreshing and quick to chill. Perfect for a casual backyard barbecue, picnic, or beach outing, it also offers a fun, convenient, and safe option for the Rosh Hashana traditional holiday meal.

 

 

New Kosher Wines Released for Fall