The Passover Seder is filled with rich tradition, including traditional foods but that doesn’t mean it can’t be a culinary experience. The meal calls for four cups of wine. And they don’t all have to be Manischewitz! If you haven’t taken the time to explore the growing options for Kosher wine, you might be surprised to discover the remarkable variety and quality of Kosher wines now available from Israel as well as those produced in the U.S. In fact, Yarden, Inc., a noted importer of wines from Isreal’s Golan Heights and Galil Mountain regions has put together a guide to pairing tips for Passover.
Frankly, we like to think of every meal as a gastronomic experience. So we’re embracing this concept of turning what was once considered a long evening of tasting and tradition into a gourmet affair. So we’re sharing these pairing ideas with you in hopes that, if Passover is a part of your tradition, you experience it to the fullest this year!
For Matzo Ball Soup:
Try pairing this soup of chicken stock, dill and garlic with a crisp white wine. Consider a Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier or Semillon.
For Gefilte Fish:
A tart Sauvignon Blanc or Oak-Aged Viognier should pair with its mellow whitefish flavor and spicy horseradish accompaniment.
For the Main Course:
Typically, families today will serve a hearty chicken dish or beef brisket. If your choice is chicken, a full-bodied Chardonnay or Merlot should be perfect. With the beef, consider a Cabernet Sauvignon
A sweet and spicy Gewurztraminer would make a perfect partner for classic coconut macaroons.
And we’d like to add that if you’re hoping for a few aphrodisiacs as a part of your experience, you might want to check out Amy Reiley’s Saffron Matzo Ball Soup recipe from Fork Me, Spoon Me: the sensual cookbook.
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