Rosh Hashanah wines

Greg Kuhn, director of operations at Chagrin Valley Beverage in Warrensville Heights, grabs one of his Kosher wine recommendations, Barkan’s Classic Cabernet Sauvignon.

For Rosh Hashanah this year, you may want to put down the bottle of sweet Manischewitz you instinctively buy each year not knowing of other kosher options. There are great, reasonably priced kosher wines out there – you just need some wine experts to help you out.

Greg Kuhn, director of operations at the recently opened Chagrin Valley Beverage in Warrensville Heights who has more than 30 years of wine experience, suggests those celebrating the High Holy Days to check out options in the three popular trends in kosher wines this year: rosé, moscato and sparkling, like Prosecco.

At Chagrin Valley Beverage, Kuhn selected Bartenura’s Moscato, known for its semi-sweet aroma and flavors of tangerine, melon and pear, and Bartenura’s Prosecco known for its semi-dry, fruity and light taste, to pair well with any meal. For meals containing brisket or meat, Kuhn recommended Barkan’s Classic Cabernet Sauvignon, a mevushal red wine produced from vineyards in northern Israel full of scents of spicy berries and oak. He also encouraged people to try Mt. Tabor’s 2016 Chardonnay from Galilee, Israel, for its flavors of citrus, pear, Granny Smith apples and orange zest.

The most important thing to remember when purchasing wine is to “drink what you like,” Kuhn said.

Chagrin Valley Beverage boasts six selections of Kosher wine, including the well-known and popular Tishbi selections, but it’s Kuhn’s goal to work with wine distributors near and far to bring new options to Northeast Ohio’s Jewish population.

For additional wine options, Unger’s Kosher Bakery and Food Shop in Cleveland Heights offers the largest kosher wine selection in Ohio.

Justin Parker, Unger’s store manager, said the store’s wine popularity increases as the High Holy Days draw near. He urged customers to check out Rashi’s Light Pink Concord, a mevushal sweet wine with only 6% alcohol and below a $10 price tag. Kedem Champagnes, also mevushal, are also worth trying for their light, bubbly and fruity taste, Parker said.

Kuhn and Parker agree that many delicious kosher wines exist, so don’t settle for anything less to bring in the new year.

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