The Perfect Pairing for Latkes and Other Wines to Drink During Hanukkah

Posted December 03, 2015

WineLibrary Staff


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With those eight crazy nights closing in fast, we sincerely hope you have your presents all taken care of. As for refreshments? We have that part covered for you.

Wine that goes with gelt:

2009 Tzuba Cabernet Sauvignon Judean Hills

Keeping Kosher doesn’t have to be a sacrifice! The 2009 Tzuba Cabernet might be the only kosher wine on this list, but it scored 92 points from Wine Enthusiast, so it stands tall even among non-kosher wine. Something of this quality is just what you need to take the sting out of spinning a shin.

Wine that goes with latkes and applesauce:

2011 Rasa Composer Riesling

Starchy, sweet, and creamy, a traditional plate of latkes needs a wine that can do a lot of things. Enter: Riesling. The Composer’s brisk acid keeps things lively, while the rich, pure white fruit notes mingle with your applesauce like it’s their job. There is a touch of residual sugar, too, so it balances with the sweetness, but also plays great with the salty ‘taters.

Wine to buy for the white elephant:

2013 The Neighbor Red Blend

Everybody buys an item under $20, throws them into a pile, and then takes turns picking them out randomly. Every year someone brings a bottle of wine, and every year that is the most sought after gift. Tale as old as time. This year, when you’re at the neighborhood white elephant night, be a good neighbor, and bring a bottle of the neighbor.

Wine that goes with jelly donuts:

2012 Rocland Estate Chocolate Box Cherry Chocolate GSM

To be perfectly honest with you, one of our favorite parts of Hanukkah is the ubiquity of donuts. It’s not like we don’t eat them during other times of the year, but Hanukkah just calls for those jelly-filled suckers en masse, so of course we had to figure out what kind of wine to pair with them. The Cherry Chocolate Box sounds like it should be a donut itself, but instead it’s a juicy, fruity, sweet Australian Shiraz that is a perfect compliment for any fruity pastry (lookin at you too, rugelach).

Wine that pairs with the big family dinner:

2011 Lost Canyon "Morelli Vyd" Russian River Pinot Noir

Ok enough with the snacks. When it comes time to load up the dinner table with a big holiday feast, you’re either going to need to buy four different wines to pair with all the dishes..

...or you’re just going to buy a Pinot Noir because it goes with everything. Especially this little single vineyard number from Lost Canyon. With huge aromatics and herbaceous notes, this is an especially food friendly Pinot Noir that will suit everything from Salmon, to knishes, to savory kugel.


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750 mL

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The Neighbor Red Blend

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750 mL

Retail: $31.99

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Rocland Estate Chocolate Box Cherry...

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750 mL

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Rasa Composer Riesling

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750 mL

Retail: $30.00

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