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Delicious Dishes and Kosher Wines for Your Seder Table

Bring something new to Passover with these fresh recipes and 20 recommended kosher wines

Laurie Woolever
Posted: March 19, 2010

Passover, the holiday which commemorates the ancient Hebrews' exodus from Egypt, begins at sundown on Monday, March 29. It's a holiday whose recipes and food customs are synonymous with tradition, so rather than try to improve on your grandmother's brisket recipe or the kugel your family has been enjoying for generations, we asked the experts at Brooklyn, N.Y.'s Pomegranate, one of the largest kosher supermarkets in the United States, to share some recipes that make a break with tradition while remaining kosher for Passover. To accompany these recipes, and everything on your Passover table, we've also included a list of new-release kosher wines that we've reviewed this year. All of the wines are from Israel, with the exception of a South African Chardonnay.

Grilled Turkey Cutlets with Citrus Glaze

Note: Turkey cutlets, which are skinless and boneless segments of turkey breast, sliced across the grain, are a fresh alternative to chicken breasts, though this recipe would also work well with chicken or veal, and the glaze could be used on a roasted or grilled salmon fillet. Serve this dish with roasted vegetables and pair with any of the Chardonnays or the rosé or Fumé Blanc from the list below.

• 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh garlic
• 1/2 cup plus 3 tablespoons olive oil
• 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley (or 1 teaspoon dried)
• 1/2 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme (or 1/2 teaspoon dried)
• Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
• 6 turkey cutlets
• 1/4 cup chopped shallots
• 1 cup white wine
• 1 1/2 cups orange juice
• 1/4 cup lemon juice
• 1/2 cup sugar

1. In a large bowl, combine garlic, 1/2 cup oil, parsley, thyme and salt and pepper to taste. Add the turkey and toss to evenly coat the meat with the oil and seasoning mixture. Preheat a grill or grill pan until very hot. Remove the turkey from the bowl, let excess oil drip off and grill for 4 minutes per side. Remove from grill and set aside, keeping warm.

2. Heat the remaining 3 tablespoons olive oil in a sauté pan over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the shallots and cook them over translucent and slightly golden. Carefully add the wine, orange and lemon juices, which will splatter when added to the hot oil, then stir in the sugar and season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring the mixture to a boil and continue to cook until the mixture has reduced and thickened to glaze consistency, about five minutes. Remove from the heat, pour or brush the glaze over the turkey cutlets and serve immediately. Serves 6.

Veal Spareribs

Note: Beef spareribs will take well to this preparation, and the sweet, tangy sauce also complements roast chicken, turkey or duck. Pair with any of the reds below, especially those with smoky and/or meaty notes.

• 12 veal spareribs
• Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
• 1 tablespoon paprika
• 1 cup honey
• 1 20-ounce jar kosher-for-Passover duck sauce
• 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh garlic
• 3 cups water

1. Preheat the oven to 450° F (230° C).

2. Season the ribs all over with salt and pepper and arrange on a greased baking sheet. Roast in the oven 1 hour, uncovered, then remove ribs from the oven and reduce heat to 350° F (180° C).

3. In a mixing bowl, combine the paprika, honey, duck sauce, garlic and water and whisk to combine. Transfer the ribs to a deep roasting pan. Pour the sauce mixture over the ribs, cover and return to the oven for another 1 1/2 hours. Uncover the pan, increase the temperature to 450° F (230° C) and cook for an additional 20 minutes, basting occasionally with the sauce. Remove from oven and serve. Serves 8.


The following are highlights from new-release kosher wines that we have reviewed this year, chosen for their quality, price and/or availability as indicated by the cases produced or imported. WineSpectator.com members can find view additional kosher wines in our Wine Ratings Search; see our lists of additional wines reviewed in 2010 and wines rated in 2009, which may still be available in the market.

TABOR Cabernet Sauvignon Galilee Adama Volcanic Soil 2006 Score: 89 | $21
Very fresh and focused, showing concentrated red cherry and plum flavors, with plenty of berry and smoke notes. The vibrant finish features raspberry and chocolate. Kosher. Drink now through 2014. 1,330 cases made. —K.M.

DALTÔN Alma Galilee 2007 Score: 88 | $26
There's good definition and structure to the raspberry, plum pudding and dark currant flavors, followed by a mouthfilling finish of dark chocolate and spice, with rum raisin notes. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Kosher. Drink now through 2014. 600 cases made. —K.M.

ELLA VALLEY VINEYARDS Ever Red Judean Hills 2005 Score: 88 | $28
This muscular and balanced red offers juicy dark currant, plum and dark cherry flavors that feature smoky and meaty accents. Mint and dark chocolate fill the dense finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petite Sirah. Kosher. Drink now through 2013. 2,876 cases made. —K.M.

ELLA VALLEY VINEYARDS Merlot Judean Hills 2005 Score: 88 | $34
This has concentrated black olive and dark plum flavors that are firm and powerful, with a long finish of dark chocolate, smoke and mint. Kosher. Drink now through 2013. 1,865 cases made. —K.M.

RECANATI Cabernet Sauvignon Galilee Reserve 2006 Score: 88 | $25
Ripe, with good power behind the dark plum, dark cherry and Asian spice flavors. There's lots of licorice and black olive on the smoky finish, with hints of dark chocolate. Kosher. Drink now through 2014. 500 cases imported. —K.M.

ELLA VALLEY VINEYARDS Cabernet Sauvignon Judean Hills 2005 Score: 87 | $34
Fresh-tasting despite its age, with wild plum, berry and dried raspberry flavors. Finishes with accents of smoked meat and pepper. Kosher. Drink now. 2,927 cases made. —K.M.

HAI Cabernet Sauvignon Judean Hills The Patriots Reserve 2007 Score: 87 | $17
Dark plum flavors dominate this ripe red, which features muscular tannins and fresh acidity. The finish is minerally, with hints of herb. Kosher. Drink now through 2013. 4,500 cases made. —K.M.

HEVRON HEIGHTS Jerusalem Hills Mount Hevron Red Judean Hills 2006 Score: 87 | $16
A muscular red, with meaty and smoky overtones to the dark plum, dried raspberry and black olive flavors. Finishes with mocha and dark chocolate. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petite Sirah. Kosher. Drink now. 1,500 cases made. —K.M.

RECANATI Cabernet Sauvignon Galilee 2008 Score: 87 | $15
This fruity red shows black olive and roasted plum flavors, finishing with lip-smacking spiced cherry and chocolate notes. Kosher. Drink now. 2,500 cases imported. —K.M.

RECANATI Chardonnay Galilee 2008 Score: 87 | $15
A buttery style, showing ripe flavors of apple and pear, with notes of golden raisin. There's lots of spice and smoke on the finish. Kosher. Drink now. 4,000 cases made. —K.M.

RECANATI Merlot Galilee 2008 Score: 87 | $15
A fresh red, with good cut to the dark plum, blackberry and dried berry flavors. The long finish features mocha and dark chocolate. Kosher. Drink now through 2013. 2,500 cases imported. —K.M.

TABOR Cabernet Sauvignon Galilee Galil 2007 Score: 87 | $17
A supple red, with red plum and berry flavors that are crisp and well-structured. Offers mint and chocolate on the fresh finish. Kosher. Drink now through 2014. 3,000 cases made. —K.M.

DALTÔN Chardonnay Galilee Unoaked 2009 Score: 86 | $15
Medium-bodied and juicy, with fresh flavors of peach, apricot and pear. Spicy finish. Kosher. Drink now. 1,250 cases made. —K.M.

NOAH Cabernet Sauvignon Judean Hills Gedeon 2006 Score: 86 | $12
Medium-bodied, offering fresh chewy flavors of red cherry and plum, with hints of red peach. Easygoing, with plenty of fresh spice and cedar notes on the finish. Kosher. Drink now. 2,500 cases made. —K.M.

RECANATI Galilee Rosé 2009 Score: 86 | $15
A fresh, juicy rosé, with plum, red cherry and melon flavors that finish with spicy notes and hints of white chocolate. Barbera and Merlot. Kosher. Drink now. 1,670 cases made. —K.M.

TABOR Cabernet Sauvignon Galilee Adama Terra Rosa Soil 2006 Score: 86 | $21
Firm, almost tart, with currant and red berry flavors. Mineral and mocha frame the fresh finish. Kosher. Drink now. 2,900 cases made. —K.M.

BACKSBERG Chardonnay Paarl 2009 Score: 85 | $15
Friendly and forward, featuring apple and pear notes backed by a hint of apple skin on the finish. Kosher. Drink now. 120 cases imported. —J.M.

DALTÔN Fumé Blanc Oak Aged Galilee 2009 Score: 85 | $15
Medium-bodied, offering pear and citrus flavors, with some herbal notes. The finish is ripe and juicy. Kosher. Drink now. 16,665 cases made. —K.M.

HAI Merlot Judean Hills The Patriots Reserve 2007 Score: 85 | $17
Firm, with savory herbal components to the plum, dried berry and dried cherry flavors. Shows hints of mint on the fresh finish. Kosher. Drink now. 4,500 cases made. —K.M.

TABOR Merlot Galilee Adama Chalk Soil 2006 Score: 85 | $21
This has a minerally, herbal aroma, with firm flavors of red plum and mocha. Features bittersweet chocolate on the finish. Kosher. Drink now. 2,500 cases made. —K.M.

Miriam Morgenstern
New York —  March 19, 2010 12:11pm ET
Kim ,All great choices and have tasted and enjoyed most of above.
For Passover and all year/ to stock up for High Holy Days,
some additonal wines I like no particular order:
Tepperberg Meritage
Dalton always consistent good value
Galil : worth trying their Barbera Cabernet and Pinot Noir
Recanati : all good wines at great price points
check out the Reserves
Barkan: Altitude Series, & superieur merlot
Goan Heights Yarden "top of the line"
Katzrin, and El Rom series as well as their Yarden Cabernet
Carmel, Kayoumi Limited Editon wines, as well as the appellation series and coming soon their new "Mediterranean" wine.
Italy: Borgo Reale Sangiovese
Spain: Capcanes, Peraj Haabib
Ramon Cardova Rioja
and check out the Elvi line , too
France: Note some very good interesting Kosher Bordeaux available now, some 2005, too, ask your retailer
New Zealand: Goosebay Pinot Noir 2009 in market now and wonderful as is their Sauvignon Blance
California: Baron Herzog Alexander Valley Wines Reserve wines , their Syrah and and blend Very good too
Hagafen Wines: all good/ and their club only PRIX
level wines excellent
Four Gates: Merlot
Covenant: Expensive and worth it
CHILE Bargains abound cabs and carmenere ---pricing starts as low as $6.49--9.99 Ditto for Australia and some good Malbecs from Argentina

Barry Brown
Napa —  March 19, 2010 12:35pm ET
I'm surprised that you did not include any wines from Hagafen Cellars in Napa, CA. They make wonderful wines and I believe that all the wines are Kosher.
Dana Nigro
New York, NY —  March 19, 2010 12:45pm ET
Dear Barry,

The highlighted wines are a selection from our most recent reviews, not a comprehensive list of kosher wines. So thank you for mentioning Hagafen — and we welcome additional recommendations from any of our readers who have found kosher wines they particularly like.

Dana Nigro, managing editor, WineSpectator.com
Gerald Tye
Scottsdale, AZ, USA —  March 19, 2010 1:57pm ET
Thanks for the recipies! Our selection out here is a little more limited. We are able to get wines from Recanati, Dalton (although they arrive here 10 days before the holiday - always a bit of a nail biter!), and of course Hagafen. This year, though, tired of the 11th hour deliveries, we found some interesting wines from Arbarbanel (France) and Bartenura (Italy).
Marlene Rossman
Newport Beach California —  March 22, 2010 3:28pm ET
Barry, Hagafen is kosher...I am not!
But the wine is very good.
Also, check out Covenant wines. The grand vin is very pricey, but the
second wine (Cab blend?) is reasonable and superb.
Howard Kaman
Vancouver, BC, Canada —  March 23, 2010 1:41pm ET
Has anybody here ever tried Don Mendoza Merlot Reserva from Finca La Celia in Argentina? I have heard it is rather good!
Denise Lowe
Burbank, CA —  March 24, 2010 4:46pm ET
Baron Herzog Cellars in Oxnard, CA (wines from the Central Coast) also make lovely kosher wines.
Barry Ballan
Paramus NJ —  March 25, 2010 3:00pm ET
The Covenant Red C is an excellent California Cab much less than Covenant's top line cab which is just a hair better perhaps
Golan cabernet sauvignon 2008 is very good nice drinking wine and it is well priced
the Yarden cabernet is very good as well priced in the middle in this small sampling, depending on your preference in my view similar in quality to the Red C.
I am eager to get to the the Fechas de los Andes Malbec from Argentina which WS gives a 90 maybe the best of the group - but true it's not a cab
Melinda S Strauss
Fort Lauderdale,Fl.,USA —  March 25, 2010 10:49pm ET
Pick any Yarden wine and you will be Happy!
I have been buying and drinking them for at least 10 years.

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