The Wine Conundrum
Easter and Passover are both being celebrated this weekend and while you always have a choice of what to serve for dinner, holidays tend to lend themselves to traditions and that extends to food.
If you’re supplying wine for the dinner that will feature ham, you’ll want to look for a wine that has enough fruit to balance the saltiness of the meat as well as acidity to balance any glaze on top. If you’re going to be eating lamb, you’ll have a fat quotient to contend with, and though we normally advocate for choosing a wine you like regardless of color, this time, you’ll want a wine that has some tannin in it (ie go for the red!) to counteract the fat. Or even, (gasp) a rose!
Did you know that to make a kosher wine, only an “Sabbath-observant” person may make the wine? Who knew? And the vines must be at least four years old before they are harvested. To make things more interesting, not all kosher wines are kosher for Passover. The yeast has to be made from a process that does not involve bread in any way. Luckily, Israel has brought the idea of kosher wines into fashion and good taste.
Whatever you’re celebrating this weekend, don’t forget two things:
1) Tonight is a full moon. What kind of madness can you find?
2) Both Easter and Passover are celebrations and we always encourage celebrating life to its fullest!!