From California to Israel to France, a plethora of new wines

There's one for every palate and pocketbook.

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The festival of Passover, which runs from April 22 to April 30, celebrates the Israelites’ exodus from Egyptian slavery. The most important event in Jewish history is marked by eating a festive meal with matzah, telling the Passover story at the seder, and drinking four cups of wine. And, when you have four cups to get through in one seder meal, wine quality is paramount.

Royal Wine Corp. is the largest manufacturer, importer and exporter of kosher wines and spirits, with a portfolio that spans hundreds of brands and thousands of bottles of world-class wines. For Passover 2024, they are introducing top-quality wines from some of the finest wine-producing regions including California, France, Italy, Spain and Israel,
among others.

While 40% of annual kosher wine sales occur for the Passover holiday, sales of kosher wine and spirits have been growing significantly throughout the rest of the year.

According to Jay Buchsbaum, vice president of wine education at Royal Wine Corp., “There’s nothing cookie-cutter about these Passover wines—they are top notch, award-winning and distinctive. And, while red wine is traditional for the Passover seder, it can be a nice Burgundy, Pinot Noir or Cabernet—just as long as it is kosher for Passover. There are dozens to choose from. And, just to be clear, our portfolio consists of acclaimed wines that just happen to be kosher, recognized for our quality and value.”

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These Passover-approved bottles will complement any seder fare:

Rocca delle Macie Chianti Classico is a world-famous winery producing kosher wine for the first time. This renowned and well-regarded brand is producing kosher wine for the first time exclusively for Royal Wine Corp. (with more to come), SRP $25.

Lovatelli, a new line of fine and affordable Italian wines, including a Salento Primitivo, SRP $17, and a Barbera d’Asti, SRP $25. Coming soon, Nebbiolo, a super Tuscan, as well as two new vermouths.

Cantina Giuliano, a fully kosher boutique winery started in 2014 in Tuscany, Italy. The winery was started by a young couple, who inherited wineries from their grandparents. It’s now fully kosher with new bottles and labeling.

Many new kosher wines are being imported from South Africa by ESSA and J Folk wineries (among them are Chenin Blanc, Pinotage, Cabernet Sauvignon and more).

New Carmel Black Cabernet Sauvignon, Galilee, Israel, SRP $30

Bartenura: Flavored moscatos in cans, such as Peach, Lychee, and new

Château Dauzac Grand Cru Classé and Aurore de Dauzac Margaux ’21

Chateau Roubine Cru Classé Lion & Dragon Red

Des Moisans Deau Cognac Privilege

Herzog Lineage Momentus Rose

J de Villebois Sancerre Pinot Noir

Kamisa Winery – Galilee, Israel

Malbec du Clos Triguedina – Cahors

Shamay Winery Upper Galilee, Israel

Brio de Château Cantenac Brown, Margaux

Is kosher-for-Passover wine hard to find?

Actually, it’s rather easy! Most kosher wine is also kosher for Passover, making it easier to sell this wine and for consumers to stock up on bottles year-round. Any kosher-for-Passover wine will have a “P” symbol or “kosher for Passover” next to the kosher certification on the label.

But that’s not the case with some spirits. For example, you’ll be unlikely to find kosher-for-Passover whiskey, as whiskey is made with grain.

“Fine kosher wines are made the same way that fine non-kosher wines are made,” adds Buchsbaum. “There is no kosher winemaking ‘technique.’ What’s required for the wine to be considered kosher, is that the wine be handled only by Sabbath-observant Jews. And there are plenty of fine winemakers and cellar workers who are Sabbath-observant. Great grapes and skilled winemakers yield great wines—kosher or not.”

Consumers looking for wines from renowned regions throughout the world can satisfy their thirst with more options than ever before. It seems the problem is not the availability of great wine but the overwhelming number of great wines to choose from.

“Royal Wine offers a delicious selection of kosher for Passover wines from around the world,” says Buchsbaum. “Some of the top producers are creating award-winning varietals at every price point, and with Passover just around the corner, we want to take the guesswork out of buying wine.”

Why Four Cups of Wine

One of the rituals served at Passover is the custom of drinking four cups of wine. The four cups of wine are consumed in a specific order as the story of Exodus is told.

Served to the adults throughout the dinner, these four wines represent points from the exodus story. While there are several explanations for the significance of the number four, the connection to “freedom from exile” is often referenced.

For observant Jews, the wine served should be kosher. Although kosher wine uses the same grapes as other wines, the wine-making is handled by “sabbath-observant Jews.”

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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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