Kosher wine rarely inspires confidence for regular wine drinkers, but Bottlerocket’s Tom Geniesse believes that fear is an old stereotype. "I think a lot of people don’t understand that almost any winery can make kosher wine... Be open-minded," he says. "There was a time I think when wine was boiled... But the world has changed!" So if you have a Hanukkah dinner or need wine for a gift, there’s no reason to shy away from the kosher section!
Geniesse has a few specific suggestions. He starts with a prosecco from Florenza that he describes as "lively, fun, fruity, and fresh." A bottle will set you back only $19.
Continuing with whites he suggests a Baron Herzog Chardonnay with "lots of body, a little bit of oak and vanilla." A bottle of this wine is $15.
He also suggests getting into the Hanukkah spirit by purchasing some wines from Israel. Two that he recommends are Segal’s Fusion Red and Judean Hills. The first is medium-bodied and food-friendly, but if you want something bolder, the latter will be "big, rich, beautiful, and complex." They are $17 and $28, respectively.
With eight nights of celebrating (and drinking), you can try each one twice!