My recommendation for this upcoming Easter holiday is a beautiful Cotes-du-Rhone: Domaine Les Garrigues 2010.
It is a really good value , simple but elegant French dry red, a classic Cotes-du-Rhone blend of mostly Grenache, Syrah with a touch of Mourvedre.
Garrigue in French means “the hills covered with wild Herbes de Provence”, so this rich, lusty , easy-to drink wine does show nice tannins and an herby and spicy character. It will pair with the pascal lamb “par excellence”. About $16.
Last minute wine recommendation for Passover: The Gamla 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve.
From world renowned Gamla wineries which produces consistently good wines of character, handcrafted with a blend of French grapes and oak, Californian technology and Israeli traditional know-how and terroir.
Cabernet Sauvignon happens to grow exceptionally well in Israel, yielding a premium variety that compares well with any French or California cab. Dry and not too acidic, this wine offers attractive aromas of blackcurrant and blackberry fruit with scents of vanilla and violet. Firmly structured, but well balanced, it is both straight forward and elegant; the tannins are fine and round and the finish is smooth.
In addition, The Wine Enthusiast awarded it a 90 points rating, and it is featured in many wine reviews as one of the top kosher wine selections. I recommended serving it with a meat or chicken dish for Passover, but you can also enjoy a glass just as an apéritif.
–André Cohen is a winemaster in Larchmont.