Kosher wine is produced like any other white, rosé, or red wine, but with a key exception—it must be made under the supervision of a rabbi and use certified kosher ingredients and equipment, according to Jewish law. Although not all Jewish wine lovers solely drink kosher wine, it’s important to have a few bottles on the table for Passover. All of the wines on this list are certified kosher, though not all are certified kosher for Passover so pick up the bottle that works best for your celebration. So we turned to leading Jewish food and wine experts—and a few of our own team members—for their recommendations on the best Kosher wines to serve with your Passover meal.
"This one is always my go-to white wine for dinners and Passover especially. It's light, not sweet, and very drinkable.” —Shannon Sarna, editor of The Nosher
This isn’t a wine you would enjoy a glass of with dinner—think of it as a fancy Manischewitz. It's the best quality kosher wine for blessings, hands down. —Sarah Yaffa, lead data analyst for Food52
“This is an elegant white wine that pairs beautifully with matzo ball soup. It also works great with gefilte fish! We serve Covenant Chardonnay Lavan (which means “white” in Hebrew) to kick off our Passover seder at home. And we keep drinking it until we get to the red meat course. The wine is sourced from a single 12-acre vineyard called Scopus, at the top of Sonoma Mountain in northern California. We have been making Covenant Lavan from these same vines since 2011. It never disappoints!” —Jeff Morgan, founding winemaker at Covenant Winery
“This has what I would call a cult following—it's sweet and bubbly and a great dessert wine, but also just a fun wine for someone who doesn't take themselves too seriously. Perhaps a step up would be Herzog Late Harvest Orange Muscat.” —Shannon Sarna, editor of The Nosher
“A little bit different from traditional kosher wines, Segal's Wild Fermentation is funky (in a good way) and jammy all at the same time. This wine's deep flavor comes from spontaneously fermented yeast found naturally in Segal's vineyard. It pairs very well with meaty dishes (think lamb) and can also be enjoyed all on its own (it may need to breathe for a bit to completely open up).” —John Kunza, publisher of Unpacked
“Fruit sourced from vineyards in the northernmost region of the Golan Heights at 3,900 feet in elevation. The climate is fairly cool which provides nice acidity in the wine. The wine has notes of fresh lemon, lemon curd, ripe pear, white flower, and baking spices. It's round and full-bodied but balanced out by the acidity and touch of minerality from the volcanic soil.” —Margaux Reaume, co-founder of Argaux
"A great red for anyone who prefers a red that isn't too full-bodied and is very moderately priced under $20.” —Shannon Sarna, editor of The Nosher
“Our RED C RED is a blend of grape varieties—mostly Petite Sirah, Syrah, Grenache and Zinfandel—grown in Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County. It's our “go-to” red for all occasions. Easy drinking yet layered with enough flavor and texture to satisfy even the most discerning wine geek. We call it the “ultimate Passover wine,” because of its name: RED C. The double entendre refers to the famous Red Sea crossed by Moses and the Israelites as they fled Egypt, which also happens to be the story of Passover!” —Jeff Morgan, founding winemaker at Covenant Winery
“A blend, this wine is made to impress and the 2016 vintage is especially delicious but is harder to find on the shelves. Heavy notes of dark fruit, it's amazingly balanced and dry. On top of just tasting delicious, the winery also has a great story. Tulip employs hundreds of local adults with developmental and emotional disabilities to help out in the winemaking process.” —John Kunza, publisher of Unpacked
"A great Bordeaux for the French wine lover, priced around $50. —Shannon Sarna, editor of The Nosher
What's your favorite wine to serve for Passover? Share your go-to bottles in the comments below!
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