Wines For Chanukah Gifting
BY KITT WALSH
December 24 marks the beginning of Chanukah, the 8 day Jewish festival of lights. If you have been invited to the celebration or want to ring in the new year with your observant friends with a festive L’chaim toast, I will share a secret I discovered—kosher wines online, delivered in plenty of time for the festivities will make you look both knowledgeable and thoughtful.
Here, courtesy of jwines.com, are the most popular picks for gifting:
Casa De Cielo Chardonnay
Refreshing and crisp, Casa Del Cielo Chardonnay carries an aromatic blend of soft melon, pineapple and apricots, along with zesty mandarin orange. On the palate, this wine provides a pleasant and fruit-heavy exposure, with a distinguished and long finish. Pairs well with fish pies and cakes, especially salmon cakes. $8.49 per bottle
Novel Carrera 2012
Novel wines have been crafted to explore how Cabernet Sauvignon develops when blended with other varietals. The Novel Carrera is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Barbera. While the Cabernet Suavignon offers strength, dominance and structure, the Barbera builds upon the fruit notes and adds a unique richness to the wine. To discover how Cabernet Sauvignon is transformed when blended with Syrah, try another wine in our series – the Novel Novateur. This wine is produced in Shiloh. $24.99
Jezreel Valley Adumim 2013
Adumim is a rich, spicy and complex fusion of Carignan, Syrah and Argaman. Each component is aged separately for 14 to 16 months in 50% new oak before being blended and spending another two months in oak in order for the varietals to harmonize. The wine is expressive and refreshing for a red, with a nose that sings of red fruits and roasted Mediterranean herbs, with a touch of eucalyptus, and clearly manifests the Israeli terroir. Pairs well with grilled meats and beef stews. $29.99
Hagafen Estate Dry White Riesling Napa Valley 2014
On the nose, this White Riesling shows aromas of litchi, Royal Anne cherries, and white peach. This bright, luscious wine bursts in the mouth with a mingling of sweet fruits, including kiwi, papaya, mango, and pineapple. With an extremely long finish, this well-structured White Riesling begs for the accompaniment of food–anything needing a slight hint of sweetness to offset spicy or succulent foods, including Thai, Indian, and Chinese cuisines. $23.99
Tabor Adama Merlot 2012
Produced from select Merlot grapes grown on rich volcanic soil in the Moshav of Ramot Naftali in the Upper Galilee region, this wine has pronounced flavors of black forest fruits, with undertones of plums and tobacco. The Upper Galilee Merlot grapes provide the wine with a complexity that combines spicy aromas of Mediterranean herbs with the velvety, elegant body typical to the variety. The wine was aged in French oak barrels for 12 months, and then aged for another year in the bottle, which gives it a long and complex finish. Pairs well with caramelized roasted veggies or blackened fish. $18.99
Barkan Reserve Barrel Aged Chardonnay 2013
Barkan’s Reserve Chardonnay is produced using only carefully selected, hand-picked Chardonnay grapes grown in vineyards in the Jerusalem corridor. At the onset of fermentation approximately one third of the juice is separated to complete fermentation in new oak barrels. This portion remains in barrels for 6 months before being blended with the balance of the wine that is tank fermented at low temperatures. The resulting wine is an elegant, complex blend of the buttery character of the barrel fermentation and the clean crisp freshness of mountain grown Chardonnay. $15.99
Drappier Brut Champagne Carte D’ Or
The Drappier Carte d’Or expresses all the aromas of the noble grape variety Pinot Noir. A red grape producing white juice, it is sought after not only for its structure but also for its very characteristic fine notes of red fruits. $48.99
Or for the true connoisseur:
Chateau Guiraud Sauternes 1999 – Library Wine Collection
Carrying an intense and complex bouquet, Chateau Guiraud enjoys slender hints of peach, apricot, mango, honey and vanilla. Full on the palate and elegant in composition. $190 per bottle.
Chateau Leoville Poyferre 2000 – Library Wine Collection
This Bordeaux blend comes from the Saint-Julien appellation, a small but important appellation of the Haut-Medoc district with a reputation for being a reliable source of consistently elegant, age-worthy wines. This is a wine that you can cellar until 2035. $300 per bottle.
JWines also curates wine collections including:
New World Wine Collection (which I sent a very appreciative friend)
Grown outside the traditional wine-growing areas of Europe and the Middle East, these wines are grown in the often warmer climates and regions of the New World – the United States, Argentina, Australia and South Africa. Ripe, full-bodied, fruity, elegant and complex – these are wines that reflect the passion and the quality of the New World. The entire collection costs $144.35.
Shiloh Wine Collection
Ancient love of Israel and dedication to exquisite wines are the hallmark of Shiloh Wines. Lovers of Shiloh wines will appreciate this exclusive collection of their favorites, and the adventurers will enjoy the opportunity to try something new. Collection is $216.94
You can get $25 off of the retail price of the bottles in the The Israeli Boutique Collection and The All American Collection, featuring 12 bottles of the best of either of those countries.
Most wines ship in a day and arrive in a day or, if you procrastinate, you can get a last minute gift card and let the recipient choose their own favorites. More information is available at www.jwines.com.
Whichever you choose, enjoy the holiday and have a healthy and prosperous new year.