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Wine Recommendations

The wine sale is in full swing and I’m hoping that The Men’s Club can count on your support this year.

This week’s email is all about my recommendations.

Let me start by saying that if you have a wine that you like, drink it.  Don’t let anyone tell you what you should or shouldn’t drink.  My recommendations are based on wines that I personally have drunk and enjoyed or have read about as being highly recommended by more than one person whose opinion I value.

The other thing to note is that within a price range I will recommend several wines that are very different.  Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Chardonnay, Viognier are all white wines but have different tastes.  The same holds true for Reds.  If you’re looking for exceptional wines that are different from the regular Cabernet and Merlot, Vitkin is outstanding, Shiloh Shor Barbera, Elvi Rioja, Terra Di Setta Chianti all fit the bill at different price points

The recommendations happen to be my personal favorites or best buys, but I would also happily drink many other wines in the Pesach sale that are not on the list below.  I share this list with the community to offer suggestions if you’re looking to try something different, something new, or something you’re not familiar with.  I have added commentary when I think it might enhance the recommendation.

Less than $15

Chateau Les Riganes (Dry Red) – At $13 this is an outstanding wine that will keep for a couple of years and is delicious.

Carmel Mediterranean Blend (Dry Red) - $12

Baron Herzog Chenin Blanc (Semi Dry White) - $9

Carmel Emerald Riesling (Semi Dry White) - $12

Chateau Les Riganes (Dry White) - $13

Mt Tabor Gewurtzraminer - $14.50


$15 to $25

Elvi Herenza Rioja (Dry Red) - $16.  This may well be the best vintage of this wine, and it will easily hold for a few years.

Jezreel Alfa (Dry Red) - $20

Terra Di Setta Chianti (Dry Red) - $20. This is the best kosher Chianti that you will find

Vitkin Israel Journey Red (Dry) - $21 A Delicious red blend from Vitkin.

Carmel Appellation Cabernet Sauvignon (Dry Red) - $21

Koening Riesling - $19.50.  This is an off dry Riesling that is a delicious summer wine

Chateau Lacaussade (Dry White) - $20.  An exceptional French blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon.

Vitkin Israel Journey White (Dry) - $21 A delicious white blend out of Vitkin

Hagafen Sauvignon Blanc (Dry White) - $21.  Consistently good

Covenant Rec C Sauvignon Blanc (Dry White) - $23

Psagot Viognier (Dry White) - $24


$25 to $40

There are many wines in this range, which is probably the sweet spot for very good wines, and I will reference wineries here rather than specific wines

The Shiloh Shor and Legend series are great values in the price range.

Any of the Vitkin single variety wines will be exceptional

The Baron Herzog Special Reserve series are outstanding with special mention of the Alexander Valley which is supposed to be exceptional this year.

Jezreel has the Nahalal and the Alfa Reserve

Carmel has a single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon that is very nice

Covenant has the Blue C Adom from Israel that is very nice

On the white side I only have a couple of recommendations which are the Vitkin Grenache Blanc and the Covenant Viognier which is a delicious Viognier.


$40 and Above

There are many excellent wines and my true favorites, all of which are red, are as follows:

Any Shiloh Secret Reserve - $43

Tabor Single Vineyard - $50

Shiloh Mosaic - $60

Teperberg Legacy Cabernet Franc - $62

Psagot Single Vineyard Cabernet - $65

Carmel Limited Edition - $80

Castel Grand Vin - $80

Elvi Clos Mesorah - $80


Sat, December 4 2021 30 Kislev 5782