Once, only sweet, syrupy red wines made from Concord grapes were available as appropriate accompaniment to the Passover Seder. Now, many local shops carry an array of semisweet and dry, kosher-for-Passover reds and whites that pair excellently with the traditional fare. Below are four top choices from recent tastings.
This fizzy, low-alcohol white from Italy, in its distinctive blue bottle, has a bouquet and semisweet taste of ripe peaches and melons that marries well with traditional Passover appetizers, like chopped chicken liver and gefilte fish (boiled fish dumplings), as well as with classic desserts of flan and coconut macaroons.
Find It: Aries Wine & Spirits in White Plains and Dodd’s Liquor City in Millwood
This dry red from Israel’s Galilee region makes an excellent match for braised brisket of beef and short ribs, with flavors of black currants and herbs and a touch of orange in its finish.
Find It: Zachys Wine & Liquor in Scarsdale and Bottle Grove Wine and Spirits in White Plains
Hailing from Israel’s Negev area, this dry red with fruity notes of cranberries and plums weds well with the flavors of lamb and duck.
Find It: Stew Leonard’s Wine & Spirits in Yonkers, Rye Brook Wine & Spirit Shop, and Leonard Park Wines & Spirits in Mount Kisco
Made in California’s Central Coast region, this light, dry white with a bouquet and taste of lychee and grapefruit is a good accompaniment for roast chicken and Cornish game hens.
Find It: Suburban Wine & Spirits in Yorktown Heights and Wine Bazaar in New Rochelle