Kosher wine recommendations: 3 bottles for your Passover meal

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Lion & Colombe Rosé Moscato

(1.5 stars)

Light, fruity and suave, this is a lovely wine that will accompany fruit-based desserts or dishes with sweet sauces. Kosher Mevushal. Vegan. Alcohol by volume: 5.5 percent. Bottle weight: 615 grams (medium).

Imported and Distributed by DMV Distributing: Available in Rodman’s District, Yes Organic Market (Petworth). Available in Maryland at Accents Liquor, Drug City Fountain, Kosher Bite, Quarry Wine & Spirits, Wine Loft, Wine Source in Baltimore; Bethesda Co-Op in Cabin John; Plugs and plugs in Elkton; Downtown Crown Wine and Beer in Gaithersburg; Frederick Wine House, Old Farm Liquors, Riverside Liquors in Frederick; Kettering liqueurs in Upper Marlboro; Liberty Liquors in LaVale; Moti Market in Rockville; Parkway Deli & Restaurant in Silver Spring; Riverdale Park Downtown Market; Valley Wine & Spirits in Hagerstown; Walther Liquors at Perry Hall.

Unorthodox Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2020

(2.5 stars)

Simonberg-Paarl, South Africa, $16

Juicy and supple, with excellent verve and balance, this delicious Bordeaux-style blend pairs perfectly with any red meat or hearty pasta. Kosher Mevushal. Vegan. ABV: 14%. PC: 570 grams (average).

Imported by Victor Wines, distributed by M. Touton Selection: Available in the District at Downtown Liquors, Freedom Market, Grand Liquor, Morris Miller Wine & Liquor, Potomac Wine & Spirits, Rodman’s, S&S Liquor, Wagshal’s Deli, Watergate Vintners & Spirits. Available in Maryland from Accents Liquors, Quarry Wine & Spirits, Wine Source, Wine Works in Baltimore; Beards Hill Liquors in Aberdeen; Bradley Food & Beverage at Bethesda; Downtown Crown Wine and Beer in Gaithersburg; Dugan’s Discount Liquors, Vineyards Elite, Wine Loft in Pikesville; Maple Lawn Wine & Spirits in Fulton; Moti Market in Rockville; Old Farm Liquors, ‘Ye Old Spirit Shop in Frederick; Pine Orchard Liquors in Ellicott City; Riverdale Park Downtown Market; Town Hall Liquor & Bar in College Park; Wine station at Glyndon; the cellar in Chester. Available in Virginia at Crystal City Wine Shop in Arlington; Wine Gallery 108 in Alexandria.

Unorthodox Chenin Blanc 2021

(2 stars)

Coastal Region, South Africa, $16

This wine is representative of a lot of South African Chenin Blanc: fresh and crisp, with flavors of Granny Smith apples and apricots, and eminently affordable. Kosher Mevushal. Vegan. ABV: 12.5%. PC: 570 grams (average).

Imported by Victor Wines, Distributed by M. Touton Selection: Available at the District at the Bottle Shop, Calvert Woodley, Morris Miller Wine & Liquor, Rodman’s, Rosebud Liquors, Sheffield Wine & Liquor Shoppe, Wagshal’s Deli, Watergate Vintners & Spirits. Available in Maryland from Accents Liquors in Baltimore; Beards Hill Liquors in Aberdeen; Bradley Food & Beverage at Bethesda; Downtown Crown Wine and Beer in Gaithersburg; Frisco’s Beer & Wine, Old Farm Liquors in Frederick; Maple Lawn Wine & Spirits in Fulton; Moti Market in Rockville; Riverdale Park Downtown Market; Town Hall Liquor & Bar in College Park; Wine Loft in Pikesville; the cellar in Chester. Available in Virginia at Crystal City Wine Shop in Arlington; Foods of All Nations in Charlottesville; Everyday sommelier in Lynchburg.

Cellar of Terres Blanches Intuition Côtes du Rhône 2019

(2.5 stars)

Rhone Valley, France, $16

A classic blend of Grenache and Syrah, with a touch of Carignan, this wine is richly textured and flavorful. Look for herbal garrigue and lavender to emerge above the deep dark fruit flavors. ABV: 14.5%. PC: 570 grams (average).

Imported by Tri-Vin, Distributed by DMV Distributing: Available at Riggs Liquor District, Rodman’s, Yes Organic Market (Brookland, Capitol Hill, Petworth). Available in Maryland at A+ Liquors, Sandy’s Liquors in Elkridge; Apple Greene Wine & Spirits in Dunkirk; Downtown Crown Wine and Beer in Gaithersburg; Eastport Liquors in Annapolis; Old Farm Liquors in Frederick; Parkway Deli & Restaurant, Snider’s Super Foods in Silver Spring; Pine Liquors at Fort Washington; Pratt Liquors in Baltimore; Urbana Liquors at Urbana.

Masca del Tacco Susumaniello 2020

(2 stars)

In “Native Wine Grapes of Italy”, author Ian D’Agata says that the name susumaniello means “to load the donkey”, a reference to the grape being “a very productive variety and nothing else”. Two researchers dedicated to the revitalization of traditional Apulian grape varieties found a single vineyard with a few susumaniello vines in the late 1990s. Now the plantings are multiplying and we have a few varietal bottlings. D’Agata says the pure “Susie” offers “solid but not massive texture”, “also lots of dark cherry and plum aromas and flavors”. For this Masca del Tacco wine, I would add a noticeable sweetness, as well as some chocolate notes. It’s fun and flavorful, more than just a varietal to cross off your bucket list. ABV: 14.5%. PC: 610 grams (average).

Imported by Caput Mundi, distributed by Impero: Available in the District at A. Litteri, Rodman’s. Available in Maryland from CuVino in Timonium; Di Pasquale’s Marketplace, Wells Discount Liquors in Baltimore; Downtown Crown Wine and Beer, FineWine.com, Gemelli’s Italian Market in Gaithersburg; Edgewater Liquors in Edgewater; Giolitti Delicatessen in Annapolis; Orion Wine & Spirits in Frederick; Simpatico Italy’s Finest at St. Michael’s; Riverdale Park Town Center Market. Available in Virginia at Balducci’s (Alexandria, McLean), Bon Vivant Wine & Brew in Smithfield; Branch & Vine, Oxford Cellars, Strawberry Street Market, Yellow Umbrella Provisions in Richmond; Dolce Vita Wine Bar in Fairfax; Gvino in Leesburg; Italian Store (Lyon Village, Westover), Pentagon City Wine Merchant in Arlington; Market 2 Market in Alexandria; Viennese Winegrower in Vienna; the winery in Clifton; WineStyles in Montclair, Yiannis Wine Shop in Virginia Beach.

Availability information is based on distributor records. Wines may not be in stock at all stores listed and may be sold at other stores. Prices are approximate. To verify wine-searcher.com to check availability, or ask your favorite wine merchant to order from a distributor.

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