Simon P wrote:Hello Daniel and all,
My son will be getting married next month, and we are confronted with the usual decision as to choice of wines. Kosher caterers here in the US will permit only mevushal wines, and we want Israeli wines to be served.
First off, a big Mazel Tov to you and your family.
One of the fascinating things to me about the new vintages of Carmel Private Collection no longer being mevushal abroad is that they are no longer suitable for these kinds of kosher s'machot in the United States given the requirements of mevushal wine. Can I ask what sparkling wine you are considering since, with the replacement of the Carmel President's Wine to the much better Carmel Brut, there are now no mevushal Israeli sparkling wines.
However, can I make a few other suggestions besides the Barkan Classic series (all of which, I think, are mevushal in the US) (besides, perhaps, the 2006 vintage of Carmel PC) and perhaps the red being a Syrah instead of a CS, depending on food choices. According to KosherWine.com, these options are mevushal abroad (they are not mevushal in Israel).
1. Wines from the Carmel Selected Series
2. Dalton Canaan Red/White
3. Dalton Safsufa Cabernet Sauvignon (Rogov - do you have a TN for this?)
4. Segal Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot (kosherwine.com says 2003 - I believe it is the Merom Galil series as it's the Special Reserve in the US)
5. Segal Fusion Red/White -- I had the Fusion Red (non-mevushal) for Passover and this was extremely fruity and extremely enjoyable for those who like new world wines or who aren't as into wine.
6. Teperberg Silver Cabernet Sauvignon
7. Teperberg Silver Chardonnay
8. Teperberg Silver Late Harvest White Riesling
9. Teperberg Silver Merlot
10. Tishbi Cabernet - Petite Syrah 2006
11. Tishbi Cabernet Sauvignon
12. Tishbi Chenin Blanc
My personal recommendation would either be the Dalton Safsufa, one of the Segals, Teperberg (and I must highly recommend the White Riesling as a dessert wine) or, if served slighly chilled the Tishbi CS-PS (this was the house wine at the Tishbi restaurant in Zichron Ya'akov and seemed light, but needs to be slightly chilled) or maybe the other Tishbi choices.
If it's not a wine crowd, either the Segal Red or the Teperberg Silver would be my higher recommendation. There may also be other Tepeberg wines which are mevushal but not available at KosherWine.com, which would be highly recommended.
Either way, Mazel Tov