Given the Passover Seder plate staples of brisket and matzoh, a fuller bodied red wine would be good, although we've always tried to let our customers choose whatever they want. We do have red and white kosher wines.
Kosher wine has come a long way in the last five years with more modern wine making techniques, more care in the vineyard and more care in the cellar. There is much more variety as well: pinot noir, sparkling, cabernet, chardonnay, white blends.
A land with a huge range of microclimates, Israel has shown great improvement in the quality of its wines over the past thirty years; in particular, the region of Galilee in the northern mountains is producing excellent Bordeaux varietals. Much of Israel's wine is shipped overseas to meet the world's demand for kosher wines.
At tonight's tasting (Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 4:30 to 7 :00 p.m.), we're thinking spring, and we'll taste four different rosés. Rosé can mean sweet, but but it can be really dry. Generally, it's light, refreshing, crisp and very versatile. (With 40 different wines in stock now, this summer wine lovers will have 60 to 80 to choose from.)
Joy Wine and Spirits is at 1302 E. 6th Ave. (at Marion St.) in Denver.
(In the audio post below, Carolyn shares how rosés are made. Music on this feature is by guitarist Ron Escheté and clarinetist Mort Weiss, "Days of Wine and Roses," from the duet CD "No Place to Hide.")