11 Kosher Wines We Love

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With Rosh Hashanah around the corner, those who celebrate the Jewish New Year are likely planning their apples-and-honey-spiked holiday spreads—and that means choosing the just-right wines to complement them. For many celebrants, kosher wine is the name of the game. 

In many respects, kosher wine is no different from mainstream wine. The winemaking processes are much the same, except for a few key distinctions: It must be made under the observation of a religious authority and earn a hechsher, a rabbinical product certification, which is clearly marked on bottles. 

Great Kosher Wine Is Now Made Around the World

Decades ago, those who desired kosher wines were largely limited to syrupy-sweet bottlings (Manischewitz, anyone?), but these days, fantastic kosher wine is made across the globe. Israel is understandably a notable producer, but in recent decades, wineries in France, Italy and California have entered the scene as well, often producing limited runs of kosher vintages. 

We’ll drink to that. Below, check out some of our favorite kosher wines, independently selected by our in-the-know editorial team. L’chaim! 

Recanati 2019 Syrah (Galilee)

90 Points Wine Enthusiast

Aromas of dark plums and violets lead to flavors of cranberry, pomegranate, cherry and Mediterranean herbs. Smooth in the mouth, this wine has silky tannins and a final note of orange zest. —Mike DeSimone

$17.99 Wine.com

Golan Heights Winery 2021 Mount Hermon Red (Galilee)

90 Points Wine Enthusiast

This dark garnet wine has aromas of black cherry, caramel and violet. It is very smooth in the mouth, with velvety tannins, flavors of blackberry, raspberry, butterscotch, lavender and juniper and a floral finish. Best Buy  —M.D.

$16.99 Vivino

Five Stones 2019 5X5 Dry Red (Judean Hills)

92 Points Wine Enthusiast

Red-violet to the eye, this wine offers a bouquet of jammy red and black fruits. It shows luxurious tannins and flavors of raspberry, pomegranate, butterscotch, oregano and thyme. The finish is remarkably bright. —M.D.

$43 Wine-Searcher

Golan Heights Winery 2021 Mount Hermon White (Galilee)

89 Points Wine Enthusiast

This wine has aromas of pineapple, lemon and baked apple. It has flavors of pineapple, grapefruit, green apple, white flowers and a floral lift on the finish. Best Buy—M.D.

$13.99 Vivino

Lewis Pasco 2019 Lewis Pasco Project BDX Red (Judean Hills)

90 Points Wine Enthusiast

Deep garnet in the glass, this wine has a bouquet of blackberry, elderberry and aniseed. It feels almost cool at first, offering notes of clove, eucalyptus and licorice that are followed by flavors of pomegranate and cherry. Velvet tannins ease into a rose petal finish. —M.D.

$21.99 Wine Library

Dalton 2020 Canaan Red (Galilee)

88 Points Wine Enthusiast

This wine has a nose of black plum and mountainside herbs. It is easy drinking, offering gentle tannins and flavors of black cherry, pomegranate, vanilla, violet and pencil lead with a hint of baking spices on the finish. Best Buy —M.D.

$18.99 Vivino

Recanati 2019 Reserve Carignan (Judean Hills)

93 Points Wine Enthusiast

Dark ruby in color, this wine has a bouquet of dark plums, bramble berries and a hint of summer farm stand. It has flavors of blackberry, ripe cherry, bittersweet chocolate, espresso bean and olive tapenade wrapped up in supple tannins. There is a pleasant but unexpected note of jalapeño on the finish. —M.D.

$65.99 Vivino

Galil Mountain 2019 Galil Ela Red (Galilee)

92 Points Wine Enthusiast

Dark ruby in the glass, this wine has a bouquet of cherry, blackberry and black olive paste. It is bright at first sip, with flavors of black cherry and Valencia orange that are joined by note of dark chocolate and thyme. Glossy tannins recede into an orange zest infused finish. —M.D.

$25.99 Wine.com

Galil Mountain 2018 Meron Red (Galilee)

92 Points Wine Enthusiast

This wine offers a bouquet of pomegranate, caramel and smoke. It has flavors of black plum, blackberry, milk chocolate, coffee bean, clove and anise. Bold tannins fade into a note of violet on the finish. —M.D.

$38.50 Vivino

Golan Heights Winery 2020 Mount Hermon Moscato (Galilee)

88 Points Wine Enthusiast

Light straw to the eye, this sparkling wine has aromas of peach, apricot and rose petal. It is effervescent on the tongue, with flavors of white peach, mango, orange zest, honeysuckle and a cotton candy finish. Best Buy —M.D.

$17 Vivino

Covenant 2021 Red C Rosé (California)

91 Points Wine Enthusiast

A snappy texture and lively peach and apricot flavors light up this exceptional, medium-bodied, light-copper-colored wine. It offers both mouthwatering palate-cleansing acidity and fruit that is well concentrated. —Jim Gordon

$44.99 Wine.com
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Published on September 21, 2022
Topics: Buying Guide