Preparing for Passover: 4 Wines for 4 Cups

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I am still holding out for a holiday where we’re required to enjoy four cups of good whiskey, but until then, I will just have to make do with this four cups of wine business, which isn’t that bad.

You can go crazy in the wine aisle trying to choose just the right wines for your crowd and cuisine, but I recommend buying four types, one for each glass, two reds and two whites, and just leaving it there. Here are my suggestions for a delicious (and slightly tipsy) seder. Added bonus: buying these will still leave you enough room in your budget for the brisket.

Whites:
baron_herzog.jpgHerzog Selection Charteneuf 2008
It’s light and sweet, but not quite desserty. My friend Adam describes it as a great summer wine, and I actually think it would be a great first glass to ease you into the seder. And it’s only $10.55 a bottle.

kosher_wines_bartenura.jpgBartenura Moscato
Okay, so it’s a sparkling wine that really could be grape juice. It will appeal to even the wine-haters in the group, and combined with seltzer it makes a killer spritzer. Also: $9 a pop.

Reds:
binyamina_yogev_cab_shiraz.jpgBinyamina Yogev Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz 2007
This was the wine that made me realize I love reds. Rich and full bodied it’s like a hug in your mouth. Or something. I’m not a wine writer, but it’s good, and at $12.99 I can afford to buy a few bottles to get me through the whole holiday. Huzzah!

segal__s_fusion.jpgSegal’s Fusion Red 2007
You know how sometimes you buy a wine wondering if it will be any good, and then two guests and three bottles later you realize that yeah, you’d say it was pretty excellent, actually? That has been known to happen with this wine. Just saying. And at $11.35, putting three bottles away is pretty reasonable.

Posted on March 18, 2010

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