When it comes to serving wine with brisket for your Passover Seder, you want to look for a Bordeaux varietal, says Scott Wunderlich of Bedford Wine Merchants. In other words: a cabernet sauvignon or a merlot.
“If you like wines with a little more weight or structure, you can do a cab-based wine,” he says. “If you like wines a little softer, more forward and more fruit, a merlot-based wine.”
The Wunderliches, Scott and his father, Arthur, are our Journal News and lohud.com wine experts-in-residence this spring. They’ve selected a mixed case of 12 bottles for us to highlight over a three-month period, each as a Lohud Wine of the Week.
This week, they have reccommeded five wines for serving with brisket for Passover. But Scott says the No. 1 thing to keep in mind is this: drink what you like.
“I have customers who just like red wine; if they’re having chicken or fish, they’re having cabernet, that’s what they’re going to drink,” he says. “There are people who say ‘drink this wine with this food.’ That’s important; but if there are certain wines that you like, drink them.”
Here are their five picks for medium- to full-bodied reds that compliment the hearty traditional Passover brisket dinner.
Ella Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2010: This Kosher wine opens up beautifully with some aeration and offers a medium- to full-bodied Cab. Region: Judean Hills, Israel. Goes with anything. Price: $31.99.
L’Argilus Du Roi St. Estephe 2009: Full-bodied Bordeaux with soft tannins and a dark berry core. Region: Bordeaux, France. Price: $27.99.
Barrot Lucien Chateauneuf Du Pape 2010: Lots of rich blackberry notes on the entry, finishing with a sweet and spicy finish. Region: Rhone, France. Price: $41.99.
La Querciolina Sassetti Montecucco 2010: The wine is 100 percent Sangiovese. It is persistent and refined in the nose with plenty of little red fruits. This wine is well balanced and full bodied, with cherry, licorice and spice flavors finishing with sweet ripe fruit and soft tannins. Region: Sienna, Italy. Price: $18.99.
Reininger Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla 2009: A beautifully complex Cabernet Sauvignon from Washington, with dark berries and notes of coffee, tobacco and spice. Region: Walla Walla, Washingon. Price: $37.99.