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Wines That Won’t Break the Bank

Wines That Won’t Break the Bank

Consider these affordable options for your next Shabbat meal

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Entertaining friends and family on Shabbat and holidays can be expensive enough just on the food front; adding several bottles of $30+ wines can easily tip the balance from festive towards extravagance.

To help, I’ve rounded up a handful of affordable options to consider:

Cantine del Borgo Reale, Prosecco Brut, (Non-Vintage), Italy ($18; mevushal): This is a light, dry, bubbly, and most friendly wine. It offers the aroma and flavor of warm brioche to subtle citrus notes, and a light crisp apple quality, while being refreshing, palate reviving, and very drinkable. Served chilled.

De La Rosa, Chai 18, Organic Welschriesling, 2015 ($20; mevushal): This latest vintage is an expressive, refreshing, aromatic, and a little fruity, medium-dry Austrian Welschriesling—unrelated to the Riesling grape—with enjoyable aromas and flavors of ripe green apple, citrus, some subtle tropical fruit notes, and supported by somewhat bracing acidity. Versatile and food-friendly. Serve lightly chilled.

Jezreel Valley, Rosé, Israel, 2016 ($22; non-mevushal): This vivid and delicious rosé—a unique blend of 38% carignan, 37% syrah, 15% argaman, and 10% sauvignon blanc—is aromatic, flavorful, refreshing, and delightful, with notes of raspberries, citrus, and watermelon, balanced by racy acidity. The finish is long and enchanting. A standout Israeli rosé amidst the dozens that have hit the American market this year—no small feat! Served lightly chilled.

Carmel Selected, Mediterranean Blend, Shomron, Israel, 2016 ($12; mevushal): this inviting blend of 45% shiraz, 30% carignan, 20% petite sirah, and 5% viognier, is light, fruity, and altogether very Israeli; it is mostly dry, though with a touch of fruit-punch on the short but pleasant and lively finish. Surprisingly, it all holds together and just sort of works. With time in the glass, it smooths out a bit more and surprisingly beckons another glass, and another, perhaps even another bottle.

Château Les Riganes, Bordeaux, France, 2016 ($10; mevushal): This is a simple yet serious and very pleasing entry-level Bordeaux (from the Entre-Deux-Mers region); fruity, soft, with some light but typical Bordeaux characteristics of black cherry, plum, cassis, blueberry, blackberry, spice, vanilla, wisps of smoke, a little earthiness, and just enough balancing tannins and acidity to keep it all enjoyably together. Not tremendous depth or finesse here, but a very nice little wine all the same—especially for the money.

Château Trijet, Bordeaux, France, 2015 ($12; non-mevushal): Another tasty, enjoyable, budget-friendly little quaffer from Bordeaux—a 70/30 blend of organically-grown merlot and cabernet sauvignon—offering dark fruits (raspberries, black cherries), lavender, tobacco leaf, and a touch of licorice. With just enough old world charm to keep it grounded and food-friendly; with a little time the nose opens up more than expected, with additional earthy black cherry and even a little cracked pepper.

Terra di Seta, Chianti Classico, DOCG, Tuscany, 2013 ($20; non-mevushal): This delicious medium-bodied blend of 95% sangiovese and 5% cabernet sauvignon (all ICEA certified organically-grown), offers up delicious aromas of violets, sour red cherry, coffee, and cranberry, leading into a lovely palate of freshly crushed raspberries and blackberries, red currants, red cherries, with a touch of vanilla, ginger, and pepper spice; with soft, fine tannins, nice rich acidity, and a long, smooth finish with an additional touch of cocoa and spice. Yummy.

And to accompany dessert:

Baron Herzog, Late Harvest, Chenin Blanc, Clarksburg, California, 2016 ($25; mevushal): This luscious, aromatic, fruity, yet serious sweet wine offers notes of pear, honey, peach, apricot, mandarin oranges, mango, custard, and a smidgen of candied ginger. Enough acidity and complexity to keep it both balanced and really rather interesting. Mighty tasty. Served lightly chilled. L’Chaim!

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