New Kosher Wines for the New Jewish Year

Several new wines have arrived stateside just in time for Rosh Hashana & Succot.

5773 is almost here and with it come new wines from Spain, Australia, Italy, France, California and of course Israel.

Though we don’t typically celebrate Rosh Hashana like many people celebrate New Year, there is a new sparkling wine from Spain known as “Cava” on the market from ELVI wines. The Elvi Cava has actually been around for a few years, but the new one is mevushal and sports a handsome new label. The only thing that stayed the same is the great refreshing taste! Joining the Cava are two other brand new wines from Elvi, The Elvi Invita, a refreshing and subtly sweet white wine blend, and the Clos Mesorah, a high-end red wine blend that has already received rave reviews and is absolutely delicious.

Australia is famous for their Shiraz (elsewhere often known as Syrah). We were recently introduced to the Harkham winery, the first and only all kosher Australian winery. Following the successful release of the Harkham Shiraz comes two new wines, the Harkham Cabernet/Merlot as well as the Harkham Chardonnay. These great additions from Harkham are also all mevushal and will soon be joined by a non-mevushal Shiraz.

Italy has a long history of making great wines, especially wines that go well with food. Despite this history, only a few of the best kosher Italian wines have ever found their way stateside. Recently however new wineries have been contracted to produce kosher wines and the results have been clean, fresh and affordable wines that wonderfully compliment cuisine. The Ovadia Rosso di Montepulciano is a wine from a lesser-known region of Italy that with its juicy fruit and fresh acidity is a great compliment to meat, chicken or fish. Stay tuned next time for wines from France, Israel and California…

Gary Landsman, AKA the “Wine Tasting Guy”, makes, sells, writes about and of course tastes wine. Presently doing PR/Marketing work for Royal Wines, you can contact Gary with any wine related questions at

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