5 Passover wines to try

Columnist April 3
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Dave McIntyre is a wine columnist for The Washington Post. He also blogs at dmwineline.com. View Archive

Here are five delicious wines available in the Washington market that have the added benefit of being kosher for Passover. 

Ella Valley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

★★★

Ella Valley, Israel, $32

This will appeal to fans of the modern blockbuster style of cabernet sauvignon. It’s fruit-forward and lush, with spicy berry and pepper notes and evident oak flavor from new barrels. The alcohol is high, giving the wine extra body, but the opulent fruit keeps it in check. The winery also produces a delicious sauvignon blanc. Alcohol by volume: 15 percent.

M Touton Selection: Available in the District at Ace Beverage, Cairo Wine & Liquor, Cleveland Park Wine and Spirits, MacArthur Beverages, Potomac Wine & Spirits. Available in Maryland at Finewine.com in Gaithersburg, Kosher Mart in Rockville, Old Farm Liquors in Frederick, Wine Harvest in Potomac. 

Recanati Yasmin White 2012

★★★

Galilee, Israel, $12

What a delightful marriage of chardonnay and sauvignon blanc. It’s not a typical blend, but if this wine is any indication, more wineries around the world should be doing it. Think peaches, apricots and a whiff of tropical fruits: a veritable Eden in a glass. ABV: 12 percent.

Republic National: Available in the District at Ace Beverage, Cairo Wine & Liquor, Rodman’s; on the list at Bourbon Steak.

Notte Italiana Prosecco

★★1 / 2

Veneto, Italy, $17

This is a fantastic prosecco, adding a celebratory air to any occasion with its bubbles and oh-so-slightly-sweet, juicy fruit palette of flavors. ABV: 12 percent.

M Touton Selection: Available in the District at Cairo Wine & Liquor, Cleveland Park Wine and Spirits, Magruder’s, Morris Miller, Paul’s of Chevy Chase, Potomac Wine & Spirits, Rodman’s, Wagshal’s Deli. Available in Maryland at Finewine.com in Gaithersburg; Franklin’s Restaurant, Brewery and General Store in Hyattsville; Kosher Mart in Rockville; Old Farm Liquors in Frederick; Shalom Kosher in Silver Spring. Available in Virginia at the Vineyard in McLean, Vintage Wines in Harrisonburg. 

Joseph Mellot La Gravelière 2012

★★

Sancerre, Loire Valley, France, $34

Here’s an excellent sauvignon blanc, crisp with a hint of grassiness and minerality. ABV: 12.5 percent.

M Touton Selection: Available in the District at Cleveland Park Wine and Spirits, MacArthur Beverages, Potomac Wine & Spirits. Available in Maryland at Finewine.com in Gaithersburg, Old Farm Liquors in Frederick, Wine Harvest in Potomac.

Cantina Gabriele Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2012

1 / 2

Italy, $13

Rich and earthy, slightly cooked in its flavors, this is a rough-and-tumble wine, good with beef dishes. ABV: 12.5 percent.

M Touton Selection: Available in the District at Cairo Wine & Liquor, Calvert-Woodley, Cleveland Park Wine and Spirits, Magruder’s, Morris Miller Wine & Liquor, Paul’s of Chevy Chase, Potomac Wine & Spirits, Rodman’s, Sherry’s Fine Wine & Spirits, the Wine Specialist. Available in Maryland at Bradley Food & Beverage and Georgetown Square Wine & Beer in Bethesda; Cork ’n Bottle Liquor in Laurel; Crestwood Plaza Liquors and Westridge Liquors in Frederick; Finewine.com in Gaithersburg; Franklin’s Restaurant, Brewery and General Store in Hyattsville; Miller’s Delicatessen and Wine Source in Baltimore; Montgomery County Liquor Store in Potomac; Snider’s Super Foods in Silver Spring; the Wine Shop in Waldorf; Wine & Liquor Depot in Brandywine. Available in Virginia at Chain Bridge Cellars and the Vineyard in McLean, Wegmans (various locations).

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