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“Today’s recommended wines are first and foremost food-friendly. In general, the overall quality of the kosher wine we tasted is better and more consistent than our last look two years ago. Though well-established Israeli brands were generally available, it was tougher to find French, Chilean, Spanish and New Zealand kosher wines this time.”

I didn’t know about the “U”, “K” or “P” labelling protocol. That’s really interesting.

“The label will carry the certifying organization’s symbol, often a circled “U” or “K.” In addition, wines labeled as kosher for Passover also carry a P to the right of the circled symbol.”

From the SF Chronicle,  read more here

Update: Serious eats on the same subject here

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oregon pinot

The Chronicle has done its annual review of Oregon Pinots. I normally like to write my own precis of the articles I link to but the Chronicle’s own is so good I’ve just included it.

A coda: After the trials of 2007, Oregon received a Pinot bounty last year. The initial 2008s we encountered were brimming with pretty fruit. If the ’07s are an uneven lot, a new crop of excellent Pinots should soon be winding their way down Interstate 5.

However to get their recommendations you have to read more: <link>

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The fine wine merchants Bordeaux Index have selected their top six wines for drinking this season. Here they are and here’s the site where you can order them <link>

Bordeaux Index’s Top 6 Wines –

1. Red Bordeaux Chateau Belgrave 2000, 5eme Cru Classe, Haut Medoc
£210 per case of 12 bottles in bond

2. Domaine de Souviou Rose 2006, Bandol, Provence
£115 per case of 12 bottles in bond

3. White Burgundy, Domaine Caillot Meursault 2006
£200 per case of 12 bottles in bond

4. Dr Loosen, Wehlener Sonnenuhr Kabinett 1994
£160 per case of 12 bottles in bond

5. Crozes Hermitage, 2005, E Guigal
£120 per case of 12 bottles in bond

6. Pol Roger Non Vintage Champagne
£230 per case of 12 bottles in bond
£240 per case of six magnums in bond

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rose wine

I’m not a big fan of rose wines. My wife is and fortunately so it the Kitchn. Here are their Rosé Wine Buying Tips <link>

“1. Look for the current vintage, which this year will be the wines of 2008. That said, I did taste a number of 2007’s that had retained all their freshness and youthful bright fruit, as well as one or two from 2006.

2. As most rosé wines do not indicate whether dry or off-dry, it is worth remembering that in general, old world producing countries will be dry. For the New World, ask the sales assistant, if the back label information does not help.

3. Ask about the grape variety. Traditionally many rosé wines are blends. However today we see more and more varietal rosé, made from Syrah, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec to name but a few.

4. Experiment – Rosé wines are keenly priced. Most run from under $10 to about $20. Try different ones for sipping, or with your favorite foods.”

But the article goes much further giving background and makes recommendations. If you’re into rose, it’s well worth a read. Me? I’m unconvinced.

Update: More rose coverage. This time the New York Times <link>. More on the business and politics of the rose trade.

Update: The Times (of London) joins in <link>. Jane McQuilty says, “The pink wine boom continues. Our thirst for rosé, far from being a craze, is still growing year on year and there are walls of pinks everywhere, with Tesco fielding a sticky, supposedly crowd-pleasing selection of more than 50 bottles, while discerning Waitrose offers 40 and Majestic Wine 35.”

Update: I think it’s written in Swedish, but it definitely someone’s list of recommended rose wines and the names of the wines can be understood, even if the rating system is a little obscure. <link>

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