POPSUGAR Celebrity

Sampling Yarden's Kosher Wines

Sep 17 2012 - 8:57am

Whether or not you're celebrating the Jewish New Year [1], there's reason to give kosher wines a try. Until a few years ago, the Sabbath-observing were limited to little beyond the syrupy Manischewitz, but in recent times, kashrut wines have gone through quite the makeover.

While there is quality kosher wine being made in America, some of the most intriguing wine hails from the homeland itself, in regions such as Israel's Galilee. To show you some of the variety that's coming out of Israel right now, our office previewed a number of wines from Yarden [2]. Keep reading for our tasting notes.

NV Gilgal Brut

Enthusiasts of brut nature Champagne will gravitate towards Gilgal Brut [3] ($19), which was yeasty on the nose, with a bone-dry finish and plenty of acidity. Beware if you tend towards the sweeter side of things. "Way too dry for my taste," one taster noted.

2010 Yarden Odem Vineyard Chardonnay

Think less French Burgundy with the 2010 Yarden Odem Chardonnay, Golan Heights ($20), and more California Chardonnay. The oak-appreciative will enjoy a glass of this wine well chilled. "Delish! My favorite style of Chardonnay," one office quaffer commented.

2010 Galil Mountain Rosé

"I'm a sucker for advertising and love the label," one person commented of the 2010 Galil Mountain Rosé ($15). "Would be good with some goat cheese and jam."

While tasters appreciated the wine's slatey nose and minerality, they also thought the wine could use a bit more sweetness.

2008 Yarden Cabernet Sauvignon, Golan Heights

Yarden's 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon ($32) was by far the winner of the tasting: it blew everyone in the office away with its balance of berry and pepper. "Way better than Manischewitz! A great alternative for traditional families," one sipper declared. We loved its almond and toasted nut fragrance, its combination of blackberries and peppery, spicy notes, and the wine's velvety structure.

2010 Yarden Galilee Late Harvest Gewurztraminer

Yarden even boasts a dessert wine from the Galilee region, a late harvest Gewurztraminer ($27). It didn't possess the complexity of some of our favorite dessert whites, but tasters enjoyed its lychee and honey flavors anyway. "I want this poured over ice cream!" one taster declared. "Call me trashy, but I might like this as a spritzer," another sheepishly admitted.

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