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Kosher wines get a bad rap. There's a common misconception that they're all syrupy-sweet—and that Manischewitz is the only option out there. Passover is right around the corner—this year Pesach begins Wednesday, April 5—which means it's time to start planning your seder, a.k.a. the holiday's celebrated Jewish ritual meal.
It's customary to serve red wine at the Passover seder, but the choice is ultimately yours as the host. Regardless of the wine that ends up on your table, each guest is required to drink four full glasses, which symbolize the liberation of the Israelites from slavery by the Egyptians. So why not make it good wine?
With that in mind, we’ve rounded up the eight best kosher-for-Passover bottles on the market so you can just sip back and relax. But first, let us help you prepare the perfect seder. Check out our favorite Passover recipes, both traditional and otherwise, and these flourless Passover desserts. Also, don't miss these flavor-packed matzoh recipes, so those leftover boxes don’t go to waste!
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To find the best kosher wines, we scoured the internet and identified the most popular bottles amongst consumers. From there, we evaluated each option based on a variety of important factors, including taste, availability, price, and, of course, customer reviews.
Keep in mind that kosher and kosher-for-passover aren't always one and the same. "Keeping kosher for Passover means abstaining from hametz, the fermented products of five principal grains: wheat, rye, spelt, barley and oats," shares My Jewish Learning. Kosher-for-Passover products have a label that reads "OU-P," which means that kosher authorities have deemed it A.-O.K. to eat and drink during the Passover season. We've made sure that all of the wines on this list are indeed kosher for Passover.
What Makes Kosher Wine Kosher?
Drinking wine is an integral part of many Jewish holidays, including Passover—so much so, that doing so is considered a mitzvah, or good deed.
In general, kosher-for-Passover wine is manufactured the same way as other wines. Grapes are harvested, crushed, pressed, fermented, clarified, aged, and bottled, but under the supervision of a rabbi and using certified kosher-for-Passover ingredients and equipment, according to Jewish laws.
Not all Jewish wine drinkers opt solely for kosher wine, but it’s still a good idea to keep a few bottles on the table to ensure all your guests are comfortable. Most bottles are marked if they're kosher for Passover, so check that label before you buy.
Kaitlin Mahar is a California-based freelance writer covering the shopping and lifestyle beats. When she's not sharing her passion for the Oxford comma with anyone who will listen, she is a proud cat parent, avid yogi, tea enthusiast, and co-host and co-producer of the podcast "Crime Culture".
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