The 10 Best Kosher Wines (That Don't Taste Like Bubby's)

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These expert tips will ensure you'll find a bottle that will impress both you and your guests.
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Some of us think of kosher wines as something that we ​have​ to drink rather than something we ​want​ to drink. But contrary to popular belief, kosher wine can actually be excellent — so long as you choose the right bottle.

"Kosher wine is no different from wine that is not certified as kosher," says Gabriel Geller, a wine expert at Royal Wine Corp., an international distributor owned by the Herzog family, who's been winemaking since the 19th century.

"The winemaking process is technically identical, and the only significant difference is that a crew of Sabbath-observant Jews handle all steps of the process from the moment the grapes arrive from the vineyard at the winery through the time the wine is bottled," Geller tells LIVESTRONG.com.

"The winemaker instructs the crew what to do, when and how — like a conductor directing an orchestra."

Kosher wines adhere to the same basic rules as many non-kosher wines, but they do so more strictly. No animal byproducts or acidifying agents are used, and only yeasts born of grapes can be harvested.

Like regular wine, there are generally no added ingredients to kosher wines other than sulfites — and there are a few well-priced options from California and Israel for those who'd prefer to go without or are sensitive to sulfites.

Tip

To choose a good kosher wine, Geller recommends "looking for the region the wine comes from, avoid encountering a wine that would be past its prime and favor red wines that are not older than five years from harvest and whites that are not older than two years from harvest."

Now that we've got the basics down, here are some of the best kosher wine brands, according to Geller.

1. Baron Herzog Chardonnay 2019

For a wine to be labeled "dry," it must have less than 4 grams of sugar per liter, although most dry wines only have 1 or 2 grams of sugar per liter.
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A dry white, this complex wine is a blend of Central Coast and Russian River Chardonnay grapes, with hints of vanilla, tropical fruits, citrus and apple. This wine has a "creamy mouthfeel" and would pair well with baked salmon or a veal neck roast, Geller says.

Buy it​: KosherWine.com; ​Price​: $10.99

2. Herzog Lineage Choreograph 2017

This red wine blend is balanced and versatile.
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This is a very bold wine with a unique blend of flavors, including red and black raspberries, espresso and nutmeg. Gellar recommends pairing it with a dish that has a sweet and smoky sauce, such as barbecue short ribs.

Buy it​: KosherWine.com; ​Price​: $16.99

3. Carmel Selected Mediterranean Blend 2018

This red blend has the OU mark as well as additional supervision.
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This refreshing red wine is a blend produced with Shiraz, Carignan, Petite Sirah and Viognier. While complex, the fact that it's medium-bodied makes for a nice, lighter option.

Buy it​: KosherWine.com; ​Price​: $11.99

4. Barkan Classic Sauvignon Blanc 2019

Reviewers rave about this wine's dry flavor and fruity notes.
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This crisp wine is light in color and tinged with herbal notes of passionfruit and green apples. It pairs particularly well with fish like flounder and bass.

Buy it​: KosherWine.com; ​Price​: $11.99

5. Elvi Vina Encina Tinto 2018

This 2018 red is well-balanced and very affordable at under $15.
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This ruby-colored Spanish red is made from organically grown grapes, and it's filled with delicious notes of blueberries, cherries and aromatic herbs. It's a versatile pick, as it goes well with any type of food.

Buy it​: KosherWine.com; ​Price​: $12.49

6. Bartenura Prosecco NV

Pop this prosecco for an effervescent New Year's Eve.
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Made in the Veneto region of Italy, this dry, fruity prosecco pairs well with hors d'oeuvres, pasta and seafood dishes.

Buy it​: KosherWine.com; ​Price​: $17.99

7. Goose Bay Pinot Noir 2018

If you're looking to spend a bit more, this Goose Bay bottle is perfect for pasta night.
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While bursting with fruity flavors and offering a distinct pomegranate taste, this is a lighter wine that can appeal to any palate. It pairs well with cheeses and other appetizers.

Buy it​: KosherWine.com; ​Price​: $29.99

8. Herzog Selection Les Lauriers de Rothschild Montagne Saint-Emilion 2017

This highly rated red is made up of 70 percent Merlot and 30 percent Cabernet Franc.
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This dry red hails from the St. Emillion region of France, where it is aged in French oak for 12 months. Light, earthy and fruity, it goes down smooth and is very enjoyable to drink on its own.

Buy it​: KosherWine.com; ​Price​: $22.99

9. Château Les Riganes Bordeaux 2019

This fruity-yet-earth red has medium acidity and body.
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Hailing from the heart of the Bordeaux region, this is another medium-bodied wine with smooth tannins and berry taste that make it a delight to drink by itself.

Buy it​: KosherWine.com; ​Price​: $13.79

10. Weinstock Cellar Select Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles 2017

This rich cabernet pairs well with red meat, pasta and grilled chicken.
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This is a wonderfully full-bodied wine with hints of blackberry, cranberry and tobacco in an oak bouquet. Aged in American and French barrels for nearly 18 months, this rich red is the perfect complement to steak and other hearty dishes.

Buy it​: KosherWine.com; ​Price​: $21.99