2006_04_food_kosherwine.jpgIn years past, Gothamist reduced ourselves to the lowest possible denominator to avoiding drinking Kosher for Passover wine. Parents if you are reading, look away. We are not proud to admit this, but we drew the Kosher symbol on those bottles of Sauvignon Blanc and Syrah we brought to the Seder. We were young and foolish, but wow, what a difference good wine makes. Well, last night, a miracle of sorts happened at our Seder. We opened the bottle of Kosher for Passover wine - expecting it to be lacking in acidity, tasting of cooked fruit and forget about complexity - only to find a great bottle of wine, kosher or not.

The wine was the 2002 Yarden Chardonnay Odem Organic, from Galilee, Israel, $18. This wine was fermented in french oak barrels and aged sur lies for seven months. These winemaking techniques resulted in a wine that showed great depth and complexity. The aromas of this wine were pronounced notes of vanilla, ripe apple and pear. This wine was full bodied and luscious - the perfect accompaniment to the apricot chicken.

While it may be too late to enjoy this bottle of wine at your Passover Seder this year (sorry, we didn't discover it in time), this wine is a great one to add to your collection for future holidays or just to enjoy anytime. When it comes to wine, Israel may only get its 15 minutes of fame around the Jewish holidays, but with wines like this, they have got our attention. Now if they can only do something about that matzoh...