Wines for Hanukkah

by tarynlachter

Put on your yarmulke, it’s time for Hanukkah!

Well, almost, but it is time to start preparing for your Hanukkah celebrations.

And that means getting your wines now. 

Put on your yarmulke, it’s time for Hanukkah! Well, almost, but it is time to start preparing for your Hanukkah celebrations, and that means getting your wines now. 

The best part of any Hanukkah party is the absurd amounts of delicious, wonderful foods, and they deserve to shine as brightly as the candles in your menorah. This isn’t a light meal, by any means, so choose your wines carefully, as to not throw your tastebuds over the edge. 

For the latkes, you want something light and bright to cut through all that lovely, oily, goodness. What party is complete without the bubbly? Look for a crisp Cava, one that is full of acidic fruits and citrus that will help serve as a counterbalance to the fried latkes. 

Maybe you’re having brisket, as we tend to do on any Jewish holiday that involves eating, which might require a little something different. This sacred meat deserves a joyful buddy like a zesty red which will complement the peppery, fragrant taste of the traditional dish. Think red Zinfandel or a Tempranillo

Then there’s the matzo ball soup, which yes is a Passover food, but let’s be honest: there is never a wrong time to eat matzo ball soup. It’s chicken-based, obviously, so stick with a bright white. A Sauvignon Blanc or even a Chenin Blanc is going to be refreshing in comparison to the warm, salty deliciousness of MB soup. 

Now, we can’t forget dessert! First up is the sufganiyot, or the jelly donuts. The filling in these tends to be berry, mostly raspberry, so a punchy red will be a nice finish to the meal and a good pair to this fried, fruity delicacy. A Malbec or a Shiraz would be ideal in this situation, especially from Australia. 

And finally, the rugelach. We know it, we love it, we can’t live without it. So what goes with the flaky, sugary, sometimes chocolatey, sometimes fruity treat? Well, lots of things! You could go with a Merlot to match the jammy insides, or maybe a Moscato d’Asti to accent the sweetness. You can’t really go wrong because rugelach are delicious no matter what. 



FEATURED EVENTS

New York Wine Events

November 8, 2020

A once-in-a-lifetime experience in Italy

Barolo and Barbaresco tour

Nov 8 – 14, 2020
6 nights, 7 days
Milan, Barolo, Alba, and Turin

RESERVE NOW
New York Wine Events

November 7, 2020

Industry City, Brooklyn

Brooklyn Crush: Fall Edition

Experience the event Thrillist said was one of the things “You Absolutely Have to Do in NYC”

GET TICKETS
New York Wine Events

October 17, 2020

Chelsea, NYC

NYC Autumn Wine and Food Festival

space
Named by Wine Enthusiast magazine
“One of 12 wine festivals you should check out this fall”.

GET TICKETS
New York Wine Events

August 26, 2020

Live Online Zoom Broadcast

Kunde Family Winery

Join us for a Virtual Tasting. The Kunde family has farmed an 1,850-acre estate in Sonoma Valley for 100 years.

RSVP FOR FREE
New York Wine Events

August 19, 2020

Live Online Zoom Broadcast

LangeTwins Family Winery and Vineyards

Join us for a Virtual Tasting. Great wine starts in the vineyard.

RSVP FOR FREE
New York Wine Events

August 12, 2020

Live Online Zoom Broadcast

Dutcher Crossing Winery

Join us for a Virtual Tasting. Distinctive and hand-crafted wines produced from award-winning vineyards.

RSVP FOR FREE
New York Wine Events

June 12, 2020

At Your Home

RGNY At-Home Blending Session

Be your own winemaker for a day — guided by a professional on Zoom video!

PURCHASE KIT & ZOOM TICKET
New York Wine Events

May 29, 2020

Live Online Zoom Broadcast

Virtual Wine & Pizza Tasting with Jamesport Vineyards

What’s better than great wine and artisanal pizza?

RSVP FOR FREE
New York Wine Events

May 28, 2020

Live Online Zoom Broadcast

Foxen Winery & Vineyard Virtual Tasting

Experience the magic of Santa Barbara wine.

RSVP FOR FREE
New York Wine Events

May 28, 2020

Live Online Zoom Broadcast

Foxen Winery & Vineyard Virtual Tasting

Experience the magic of Santa Barbara wine.

RSVP FOR FREE
New York Wine Events

May 21, 2020

Live Online Zoom Broadcast

Chateau Montelena Winery Virtual Tasting

This tasting will be epic.

RSVP FOR FREE
New York Wine Events

May 19, 2020

Live Online Zoom Broadcast

Ridge Vineyards Virtual Tasting – Monte Bello winery

The New York Times described Ridge Monte Bello as “America’s greatest Cabernet Sauvignon.”

RSVP FOR FREE
New York Wine Events

May 18, 2020

Live Online Zoom Broadcast

Tenuta di Lilliano Virtual Tasting

Very special tasting. Don’t miss it!

RSVP FOR FREE
New York Wine Events

May 15, 2020

Live Online Zoom Broadcast

Pedroncelli Winery Virtual Tasting

Four Generations of Family Pride at Pedroncelli Winery, since 1927

RSVP FOR FREE
New York Wine Events

May 14, 2020

Live Online Zoom Broadcast

Provence Rosé Group Virtual Tasting

The best rosé in the world comes from Provence.

RSVP FOR FREE
New York Wine Events

May 13, 2020

Live Online Zoom Broadcast

St. Francis Winery Virtual Tasting

Voted “#1 in America” in 2013 and 2015 by Open Table customers.

RSVP FOR FREE
New York Wine Events

May 12, 2020

Live Online Zoom Broadcast

Ridge Vineyards Virtual Tasting – Lytton Springs

The New York Times described Ridge’s Cabernet Sauvignon as America’s greatest.

RSVP FOR FREE
New York Wine Events

May 11, 2020

Live Online Zoom Broadcast

Oak Farm Vineyards Virtual Tasting

Visit the famous wine-growing region of Lodi County, California – virtually!

RSVP FOR FREE
New York Wine Events

May 8, 2020

Live Online Zoom Broadcast

Goldschmidt Vineyards Virtual Tasting

Visit Sonoma County – virtually!

RSVP FOR FREE
New York Wine Events

April 18, 2020

Marlboro, NY

Wines & Bites!

Hudson Valley’s yummiest wine and food tasting event

GET TICKETS
New York Wine Events

March 7, 2020

New York’s Premier Winter Wine Event

NYC Winter Wine and Food Festival

Enjoy a winter getaway without even leaving the city.

GET TICKETS
New York Wine Events

January 19, 2020

Riverhead, NY

RG|NY Blending Session

Join RG|NY winemaker Lilia Perez, for a unique tasting and blending session.

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

December 14, 2019

Ulster & Orange Counties, NY

Wreath Fineries at the Wineries

Don’t miss the ultimate holiday wine tasting event in the Hudson Valley. Sales end Thursday, Dec 12 at 11:59pm!

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

November 14, 2019

New York, NY

Around The World In 10 Wines

Experience a global tasting in 2 hours with award-winning artisan cheese and charcuterie

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

November 9, 2019

Brooklyn

Brooklyn Crush: Fall Edition

Experience the event Thrillist said was one of the things “You Absolutely Have to Do in NYC”

PURCHASE TICKETS

RELATED WINE BLOGS

Wednesday, August 12th, 2020

The Wines of Abruzzo
Located in the mountains of Central Italy along the Adriatic Sea, Abruzzo is one of Italy’s most productive wine regions. Although it’s not as large in terms of vineyard acreage in comparison to other high-yielding regions, Abruzzo pumps out over 22 million cases of wine each year. This is due to the four wine co-operatives - Read More
Read more...

Wednesday, July 29th, 2020

The Wines of Sardinia
Sardinia is a gorgeous island in the middle of the Tyrrhenian Sea off of the coast of Rome. It’s not often that an island is a featured wine region but the climate of Sardinia is unique and provides a lovely environment for winegrowing. We already know that Mediterranean climates can be very beneficial for vineyards - Read More
Read more...

Wednesday, July 15th, 2020

The Wines of Lazio
Lazio, Italy (or Latium, in Latin) has had a lackluster reputation in the wine world for a long amount of time. There isn’t really anything wrong with the region, but their grapes have just never reached their full potential. For decades, the wines grown in Lazio were simply produced for profit, and quality was pretty - Read More
Read more...
LOAD MORE