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This kosher-for-Passover rosé hits all the right notes and is only $12

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Passover begins April 8, so here are five kosher wines suitable for the traditional Seder. Two delicious rosés lead the way, along with a bordeaux, a California cabernet and a South African bubbly.

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GREAT VALUE

Lion & Dove Rosé 2019

(2.5 stars)

Valle Central, Chile, $12

Made from cabernet sauvignon, this rosé hits all the right notes: Simple, refreshing fruit, bright acidity and this wine is fun to drink. Mevushal, “kosher for Passover and year round.” Alcohol by volume: 12 percent.

Imported and distributed by DMV: Available in the District at Magruder’s, Paul’s of Chevy Chase, Rodman’s, Yes! Organic Market (various locations). Available in Maryland at Beer, Wine & Co. in Bethesda;l Cambridge Farmers Market in Cambridge; Cheers & Spirits in Arnold; Country Boy Market in Wheaton; Dunkirk Wine & Spirits in Dunkirk; Eddie’s Liquors, Quarry Wine & Spirits and Wine Source in Baltimore; Franco’s Cafe & Liquors in Hagerstown; Franklins Restaurant, Brewery and General Store in Hyattsville; Frederick Wine House in Frederick; Foundry Row Wine & Spirits in Owings Mills; Moti’s Market in Rockville; Parkway Deli & Restaurant and Snider’s Super Foods in Silver Spring; the Vine on Main in Sykesville; Town Center Market in Riverdale Park; Vineyards Elite in Pikesville.

GREAT VALUE

The Butcher's Daughter South Rosé 2019

(2 stars)

Pays d'Oc, France, $16

The Butcher’s Daughter wines are the house pours for La Fille du Boucher, a kosher restaurant in Paris. The line is uniformly excellent — the Cotes-du-Rhone made my greatest values list for 2018. This rosé of cinsault is classic southern France, with a hint of sea air and wild herbs. Mevushal, kosher for Passover. ABV: 12.5 percent.

Imported by Victor Wines, distributed by M. Touton Selection: Available in the District at Central Liquors, Riverside Liquors, Rodman’s. Available in Maryland at the Bottle Shop in Potomac, Choice Beer & Wine in Wheaton, Georgetown Square Wine and Beer in Bethesda, Moti’s Market in Rockville, Old Farm Liquors in Frederick, Wine Loft in Pikesville, the Wine Harvest in Potomac.

Backsberg Kosher Brut 2017

(2 stars)

South Africa, $25

The Back family has been making wine in South Africa, including a line of kosher wines to celebrate their Lithuanian Jewish heritage. Their brut bubbly, made from chardonnay and pinot noir grapes, is produced in the “méthode cap classique,” or traditional champagne method — bright and fruity with red currant flavors and a leesy note for added interest. Best served quite cold. Mevushal, kosher for Passover. Sustainably farmed. ABV: 12 percent.

Imported by Marquee Selections, distributed by DMV: Available in the District at Paul’s of Chevy Chase, Rodman’s. Available in Maryland at Bradley Food & Beverage in Bethesda, Eastport Liquors in Annapolis, Moti’s Market in Rockville, Town Center Market in Riverdale Park.

Route Victor Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

(2 stars)

Lodi, Calif., $15

This is a straightforward, tasty cabernet, with the black fruit characteristics of the grape and without the syrupy aspect of some inexpensive cabs. The same label also makes a lovely chardonnay. Kosher for Passover. ABV: 14.5 percent.

Distributed by M. Touton Selection: Available in the District at Riggs Liquor, Riverside Liquors, Rodman’s. Available in Maryland at the Bottle Shop, Potomac Grocer and the Wine Harvest in Potomac, Bradley Food & Beverage and Georgetown Square Wine and Beer in Bethesda, Choice Beer & Wine in Wheaton, Downtown Crown Wine and Beer in Gaithersburg, Moti’s Market in Rockville, Old Farm Liquors in Frederick. Available in Virginia at Balducci’s and Streets Market in Alexandria, Wegmans (various locations).

NYC New Yiddish Connection 2018

(1.5 stars)

Bordeaux Supérieur, France, $19

Clever labeling catches the eye here, while the wine will please those who prefer a New World style, fruitier and less herbal than most bordeaux. Mevushal, kosher for Passover. ABV: 12.5 percent.

Imported by Victor Wines, distributed by M. Touton Selection: Available in the District at Rodman’s. Available in Maryland at Choice Beer & Wine in Silver Spring, Georgetown Square Wine and Beer in Bethesda, Moti’s Market and Rollins Beer-Wine-Deli in Rockville, Old Farm Liquors in Frederick, Wine Loft in Pikesville, the Wine Harvest in Potomac.

Availability information is based on distributor records. Wines might not be in stock at every listed store and might be sold at additional stores. Prices are approximate. Check Winesearcher.com to verify availability, or ask a favorite wine store to order through a distributor.

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