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The Top 9 Spring & Kosher Wines, Part I

For some reason, it seems as if all of our guests are looking forward to the arrival of true spring weather this year more than ever before. We don’t have an in with Mother Nature, but we can certainly help you set a springtime mood with the wine you put on your table. Here’s what we think are the best of the bunch to do just that this year, as well as those that will be excellent at your seder.

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The Butcher’s Daughter, Bordeaux, France, $19.99
A great wine that just happens to be kosher for Passover, this Bordeaux blend is ripe with a bouquet of cassis and raspberry fruit, and a deep cocoa character. Made to drink with your brisket or lamb roast.

Notte Italiana Prosecco, Veneto, Italy $17.99
These semi-sweet, happy bubbles pack a punch of bright green apple, but finish creamy and smooth with hints of vanilla. Wonderful with light appetizer fare for any spring festivity.

Lanzur Chardonnay, Valle del Maule, Chile $11.99
A big, bursting, round and juicy chardonnay with an oaky backbone that lends tons of structure and depth. Serve chilled next to an overflowing platter of latkes or pan-fried potatoes.

Looking for more kosher options? Come by or call the store to shop our expanded selection of over 75 seder-friendly wines.

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Elk Cove Pinot Blanc, Willamette Valley, Oregon $19.99
Pinot Blanc is a grape you need to try for its vibrant, round and fruity notes. The Elk Cove has a tropical fruit flavor tinge that is balanced by an underlying, subtle, lemon zing. We love this wine for its incredible food-versatility, especially with lighter fare.

Zorzal ‘Terroir Unico’ Pinot Noir Rosé, Tupungato Valley, Argentina, $14.99
The grapes for the lovely Zorzal rosé were picked earlier than usual for this region, thus resulting in a wine with zippy acidity and a young (aka ‘green’) vibrancy. It’ll be superb with grilled or roasted meats & veggies, legumes and fish.

Tune in next week for the remaining bottles on our Top 9 list.

Cheers & Happy Spring!

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So, You’re Having A Seder

A Wine Buying Guide

Don’t let your guests’ wine glasses run dry. Follow our handy guide to ensure you have enough for the 4 cups of wine for each of your Seder guests.

Our math is based on each Seder participant having 4 cups of wine, each containing 3.3oz.

Bottles is stocked with a huge selection of delicious wine from all over the world that just happens to be Kosher for Passover. Call or visit the store to let us help you select the best for your Seder table.

Don’t forget: we offer generous case discounts, 5% back on every purchase, and statewide delivery!

A special thanks to Rabbi Barry Dolinger of Providence, RI’s Congregation Beth Sholom, who double checked our information to ensure that it’s all …well… kosher. Thank you Rabbi Barry!

Happy Passover from your friends at Bottles.

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Top Wines for Easter & Passover

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Spring is nearly here! At Bottles, we are always happy to help you select the perfect wines for your holiday menus, ensuring maximum holiday enjoyment with minimal stress. Our holiday display is a sampling of our favorite picks for your festivities, whether you’re serving a honey glazed ham, roasted rack of lamb or a poached cod with a sage sauce.

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Butcher’s Daughter Bordeaux (Kosher for Passover)
A Bordeaux with black cherry and raspberry that happens to be kosher, the house wine of “La Fille du Boucher” a Parisian restaurant located a few blocks from the vintner’s father’s butcher shop.

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‘Les Darons’ Languedoc
A seamless blend of Grenache and Carignan, with notes of fruit and spice from one of the most underrated regions in France. 

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Hai Cabernet Sauvignon (Kosher for Passover)
Red currants, plum, vanilla notes, and an example of a great wine that just happens to be kosher. 

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Oyster Bay Pinot Noir
A light wine with plum and cranberry notes that will meet the sweetness in ham and not overpower lighter dishes.

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Wachau Riesling
A wine with bright acidity and hints of apricot and peach enhance the smoky, salty flavors in pork, making this a perfect Easter wine.

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Las Perdices Malbec
Plum, black olives, spice flavors with tons of bold character and a smooth dry finish.

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La Maialina Chianti
Red wine with fish? Yes! The acidity in this classic Italian red will meet the salt in your favorite fish dish, with a smooth, enjoyable finish.

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Borgo M Pinot Grigio
A remarkably dry Pinot Grigio, notes of honeysuckle and melon are woven through this complex yet completely approachable wine.

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Grinalda Vinho Verde (Kosher for Passover)
Light and tart, with a slight effervescence, a great wine with fish and sunny days.

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Happy Spring Holidays!

-Joanna

New Kosher Wines!

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At Bottles we take great pride in hand selecting every single wine in our shop, we are always on the hunt for new great kosher wines from all over the world.

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This year we’re proud to introduce Volcanus Petit Verdot, a full and rich red with notes of raspberry, blackberry and a lush, smooth finish.

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Another new exciting find, La Fille de Boucher “Butcher’s Daughter” Bordeaux is medium bodied, dry and contains a fair amount of tannin. The best food pairing for this style of wine will be beef — the fat in the brisket will melt together with the tannin to create a wonderful culinary experience.

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Last but not least we’ve brought in a new Sauvignon Blanc from one of our favorite kosher wineries, Terra Vega in the Central Valley, Chile. Wonderfully light and tart with hints of apple and lemon, this is a great new option for salads and light chicken dishes.

In addition, we would like to share a recipe from one of our new favorite cookbooks, Jerusalem by Yotam Ottolenghi. Ottolenghi has created a virtual food tour, documenting the history of dishes with such beautiful detail and gorgeous photography. I can’t recommend this culinary resource enough; the lamb stuffed quince is on the top of my list for next fall!  For Passover, I chose a simple and delicious “Beef Meatballs with Fava Beans & Lemons” which will pair beautifully with the Butcher’s Daughter Bordeaux.

Beef and Lamb Meatballs With Fava Beans and Lemon.
Makes about 20 meatballs, to serve four.

4½ tbsp olive oil
350g broad beans, fresh or frozen
4 whole thyme sprigs
6 garlic cloves, sliced
8 spring onions, cut at an angle into 2cm segments
2½ tbsp lemon juice
500ml chicken stock
Salt and black pepper
1 1/2 tsp chopped flat-leaf parsley, mint, dill and cilantro, to finish

For the meatballs
300g minced beef
150g minced lamb
1 medium onion, finely chopped
120g breadcrumbs
2 tbsp each chopped flat-leaf parsley, mint, dill and coriander, plus ½ tbsp extra of each to finish
2 large garlic cloves, crushed
4 tsp baharat spice mix (recipe follows)
4 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp capers, chopped
1 egg, beaten

Put all the ingredients for the meatballs in a large bowl. Add three-quarters of a teaspoon of salt and plenty of black pepper and mix well with your hands. Form into balls about the same size of ping-pong balls. Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in an extra-large frying pan for which you have a lid. Sear half the meatballs over a medium heat, turning them until they are brown all over – this will take about five minutes. Remove from the pan, add another half-tablespoon of oil to the pan and cook the other batch of meatballs. Once browned all over, remove these from the pan, too, then wipe it clean with kitchen towel.

While the meatballs are cooking, throw the broad beans into a pot with plenty of salted boiling water and blanch for two minutes. Drain, refresh under cold water, then remove and discard the skins from half the broad beans.

Heat the remaining oil in the meatball pan, add the thyme, garlic and spring onion, and sauté over a medium heat for three minutes. Add the unshelled broad beans, one and a half tablespoons of the lemon juice, 80ml of the stock, a quarter-teaspoon of salt and plenty of black pepper. The beans should be almost covered by liquid. Pop on the lid and cook over a low heat for 10 minutes.

Return the meatballs to the pan, add the remaining stock, cover again and simmer gently for 25 minutes. Taste the sauce and adjust the seasoning. If it is still very runny, remove the lid and reduce a little. Once the meatballs stop cooking, they will soak up a lot of the juices, so make sure there is still plenty of sauce at this point. You can leave the meatballs now, off the heat, until you’re ready to serve.

Just before serving, reheat the meatballs and add a little water, if needed, to get enough sauce. Gently stir in the remaining herbs, lemon juice and the shelled broad beans and serve immediately.

Visit us in store — we’re here to help you select the perfect wines for Passover.

-Joanna

Great Kosher Wines for Passover

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Happy Passover from Bottles! We’re excited to feature a great selection of new wines that also happen to be Kosher. Swing on by and shop our newly expanded Kosher wine display for a huge array of great choices from Israel and around the world. Keep reading for a few of our favorites out of the many Kosher wines we carry in store!

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Arfi Winery’s ‘Gabriel’ Chardonnay has a fantastic balance of acidity and fruit, to create a complex and stunning Chardonnay.

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Château Jaumard is a classic Bordeaux with firm tannins and a slightly spicy finish.

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Hai’s ‘Noah’ Merlot is a wonderful example of a full and lush merlot with notes of plum and blackberry.

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Last but not least, Tabor’s ‘Mt. Tabor’ Shiraz will complement a roast with a light body but bright notes of raspberries and blackberries.

Happy Passover!

Our educated staff is more than happy to help with all your wine pairing and holiday planning needs. Visit us at 141 Pitman Street, Providence, Rhode Island

Kosher Wines for Passover Recommendations

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Happy Passover from the Bottles team! We are stocked with a plentiful selection of Kosher wines from all over the world, with many wines under $15 dollars. Looking for a dry Bordeaux, spicy Spanish Tempranillo, a Israeli Cabernet Sauvignon or a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc? Visit us at our Providence, Rhode Island wine store to shop our international selection of Kosher wines for your Passover Seder. And please, if you have any questions, or need help with your wine selections, staff at Bottles are here to help! www.bottlesfinewine.com


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Over at O’Dwyer’s Creek in the heart of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc country, a team of rabbinical students were given a crash course on winemaking, and entrusted with their own parcel of land to create a great Sauvignon Blanc. The wine with its cool climate varietal’s distinctive fruit flavors was so rewarding for the students and winemaker that they plan to return every year!

Senorio Aldaz Tempranillo is a classic, full-bodied red wine from Spain that pairs well with braised chicken and olives. Enjoy the intense burgundy color, violet tones, lovely open fragrance, and aromas of ripe fruit.

Chateau La Cheze is a traditional French chateau producing this impressive Bordeaux that is dry and earthy, pairing well with a leg of lamb and rosemary.

Hai Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon from Judean hills in Israel has a nice hints of cherry and oak to compliment roast beef and vegetables. 

These are just a few examples of the diverse offerings in our Kosher wine section. Don’t forget something on the sweeter side for the haroset!


L’Chaim!

-The Bottles Team