A rabbi oversees the production of kosher wine to make sure they uphold Jewish dietary law. Most kosher wines require kosher ingredients, the use of rabbinically-certified equipment, and to be handled from vine to glass by Sabbath-observant Jews.
For those on the lookout for tasty kosher wine and recipes for Passover, there’s a terrific new cookbook on the market. Jeff and Jodie Morgan, owners of Berkeley, Calif.-based winery Covenant, co-wrote: The Covenant Kitchen: Food and Wine for the New Jewish Table (Schocken, 2015).
This book is a handy resource for prepping for the Seder, the feast during the Jewish holiday of Passover. The Seder is a foodie’s delight because at the dinner people recount the story of the Jewish exodus from Egypt with symbolic foods like matzo and bitter herbs.
For those scouting for some tasty California kosher wines, here’s a smart list to peruse:
Covenant, 2012 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, $90.
Hagafen Cellars, 2014 Dry White Riesling, $24.
Baron Herzog, 2012 Chenin Blanc Clarksburg, $10