Now with the moscato craze causing severe shortages on that blue bottle of Rashi, you'll need some help deciding what can work for those four cups and get you through the long seder. If you have some questions about what makes a kosher wine, David over at KosherWineMusings has a nice post about it. And down below, you can watch some 8th graders make their own.
As for me, I'm going to be in gehenna (don't ask.) To ease the heat, I'll be taking some non-meshuval wines (wines without flash pasteurization.) In my own care package will be some Bashan (I have hopes, we'll see) a friend from Israel sent me to taste. I'll definitely take along a Four Gates cab franc, that will be the weekend's winner. I'm sure I'll be sneaking some shnapps to get me through the weekend. But if I was buying a new this year, I'd definitely stock up on .......
I finally tasted the Covenant wines and they are too "Californian" in your face for me, but if you want to see why people love Napa, the Cabernet's won't disappoint. The Covenent Cab ($100) is tooth coating chocolate and cocoa. The Sauvignon Blanc doesn't get much attention but it's a pleasing, fresh citrusy wine--which sounds about right for a Sonoma Sauvignon B. ($22)
And this just in, Yeshiva Kids in Crown Heights get a lesson in Carbonic Maceration. Read the story on The Vicious Babushka. Also just in from the winemaker: no sulfur. In his own words.