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Exciting new wines for the Jewish New Year: Gabriel Geller’s top picks for 5784

This year’s releases are all about variety, quality, value and intrigue.

Wine from bottle to glass. Credit: Vinotecarium/Pixabay.
Wine from bottle to glass. Credit: Vinotecarium/Pixabay.

The world of excellent kosher wine is growing more expansive by the year, which is great news for those looking to bring something new and exciting to the Rosh Hashanah table, according to wine blogger Gabriel Geller.

“This year brings an abundance of exciting releases to complement every course,” says Geller, director of PR and manager of wine education for Kedem/Royal Wine. “It’s a great time to discover your new favorites and pleasant surprises at every price point.”

From California and Côte de Provence to Israel and the Greek Islands, these bottlings represent another exceptional year of wines and spirits from the most innovative producers in the world.

Herzog Wine Cellars recently revamped its Late Harvest series of quality dessert wines. Head winemaker David Galzignato, the head winemaker who recently succeeded to the late Joseph “Joe” A. Hurliman, has given the Herzog Late Harvest Orange Muscat and Zinfandel ($24.99) a fuller, more concentrated profile. These wines are the California sunshine in a bottle.

The long-awaited, high-quality Lovatelli wines will finally land within the next few weeks. The line includes a Primitivo ($16.99), a Barbera d’Asti ($24.99) and an Orbaio Rosso blend ($29.99), as well as two vermouths ($24.99).

Valérie Rousselle, owner of Château Roubine, the Cru Classé estate from Côtes de Provence, has launched a kosher cuvée from her Rhône Valley property, Domaine Chante-Bise ($24.99). This classic, easy-to-drink blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre is a signature of southern Rhône.

Also from France, Royal introduces five varietal wines to its expanded Château Les Riganes line of affordable, high-quality Bordeaux: Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot and Cabernet Franc ($12.99). There is also a new flagship blend: Château Les Riganes Reserve ($15.99).

Royal Wine has also added kosher Greek wines to its portfolio, following the recent release of an excellent white wine called Yamas Xynisteri ($18.99) from Cyprus. Todros offers three expressions made from Muscat grapes grown on the island of Samos: a dry Samena ($24.99), the off-dry High Peaks ($24.99), and Vin Doux ($34.99), a delicious, sweet dessert wine.

Bin Nun is a new boutique Israeli winery that features red wines produced from high-quality grapes grown in Israel’s best vineyards. These lush, flavorful and sophisticated wines include Reserve ($39.99), Cuvée ($49.99) and Songs of Solomon ($79.99).

From Italy, Bartenura Dolce Noir ($15.99) is a semi-sweet red blend of classic and Italian varieties: This luscious red wine showcases a delightful balance of fruity and earthy notes.

On a lighter note, Royal Wine’s popular Bartenura line of casual Italian wines has expanded its popular line of wines in cans to now include lychee-flavored and peach-flavored Moscato ($15.99  for a pack of four cans).

On the spirits side, Alsace’s famous Massenez has partnered with Royal Wine to distribute their line of kosher-certified, high-end fruit brandies and cordials. Enjoy their Crème de Cassis and Crème de Pêche ($29.99), prized by mixologists in the making of cocktails, or their signature Poire Prisonnière brandy ($69.99)—perfect for gifting or welcoming guests to the holiday table.

Last but not least, the well-regarded cognac house Maison Des Moisans recently chose Royal Wine to import and distribute excellent cognacs from their Roland Bru and DEAU brands. With your choice of seven brandies and cognacs ($20 to $180), expect 5783 to be a very sweet year.

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Largest manufacturer, importer and exporter of kosher wines and spirits. Founded in 1848, Royal Wine Corp.’s mission is to be the premier manufacturer, importer and distributor of specialty wines, spirits and liqueurs from around the world. The commitment to perfection and family tradition spans over eight generations and has experienced growth since its beginning. Royal’s portfolio of domestic and international wines ranges from traditional wine producing regions of France, Italy, and Spain to up and coming ones like Israel, New Zealand, and Argentina. Additionally, Royal Wine Corp.’s spirit and liqueur portfolio offer some of the most sought-after scotches, bourbons, tequilas and vodkas as well as hard to find specialty items such as flavored brandies and liqueurs. The company owns and operates the Kedem Winery in upstate New York, as well as Herzog Wine Cellars in Oxnard, California, a state-of-the-art-facility featuring guided wine tours, a fully staffed modern tasting room, gift shop and catering facilities. Additionally, the winery houses the award-winning restaurant Tierra Sur, serving the finest, Mediterranean-inspired, contemporary Californian Cuisine.
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