As summer fades into autumn, the calendar brings a host of Jewish holidays and their attendant feasts (and, in some cases, fasts). Rosh Hashanah, also known as the Jewish New Year, begins at sundown this evening; Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, begins at sundown on Sept. 21; and Sukkot, the holiday that celebrates the harvest and commemorates the Israelites' forty years in the desert, begins at sundown on Sept. 26.
Below you'll find a selection of the kosher wines most recently rated "very good" (85 to 89 points) by the editors of Wine Spectator, to accompany your holiday meals.
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|BARON HERZOG Chardonnay Central Coast 2005||87||$13|
|Pretty apple blossom and honeysuckle notes are fragrant, giving this softly juicy wine some character, with ripe peach and tangerine flavors. Kosher. Drink now. 17,082 cases made.|
|OPINIONI Umbria Verdetto 2005||86||$28|
|A fruity young red, with currant, raspberry and hints of flowers and mineral. Medium-bodied, with fine tannins and a fresh medium finish. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese. Kosher. Drink now. 1,300 cases made.
|TEPERBERG Meritage Judean Hills 2005||86||$16|
|There's plenty of firm red plum and berry flavors in this medium-bodied red, with chocolate and spice on the finish. Kosher. Drink now. 2,000 cases made.
|YATIR Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot Yatir Forest-Judean Hills 2003||86||$65|
|Pretty berry and cherry flavors are balanced by a firm structure, with a lingering finish of sweet spice. Kosher. Drink now. 1,375 cases made.
|GOOSE BAY Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2006||85||$18|
|Green apple, lime and grass flavors have very good concentration and crisp acidity accented by lingering stone undertones. Kosher. Drink now. 4,000 cases made.
|OPINIONI Umbria Rosato Monte Olivo 2005||85||$18|
|Shows plenty of strawberry aromas and flavors. Medium- to full-bodied, with good acidity and a long finish. Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Kosher. Drink now. 750 cases made.