Seven wines for seven brachot
YOU’VE THOUGHT of everything, from the colour of the flowers through to the bridesmaids’ earrings. The party is in full flow and you just have a week of sheva brachot to look forward to. Here are seven unique wines for the seven days of sheva brachot, to please your hosts without breaking the bank.
1 WHITE WINE FOR A WHITE CHUPAH
Red wine, trembling hands and a white dress – seriously? It’s a recipe for disaster. A light, white wine is the perfect choice for underneath the chupah. The Mount Hermon White is one of Israel’s bestselling wines, delightfully drinkable with notes of tropical fruits coupled with a subtle citrusy tang. While the aged wines can be saved for the meal, the Mount Hermon White is a wonderful way to complete the wedding ceremony.
2 SECOND-NIGHT EXHAUSTION
You’ve partied the night away and now the sheva brachot really get under way. You need something invigorating to toast the happy couple. Crack open a Gamla Brut with a loud pop and as the bubbles flow, the mood will be set for a fabulous week ahead. The Gamla Brut is aged for at least 12 months on yeast and its delicate floral notes combined with hints of lemon, lime and green apple lend the wine a crisp and fresh character.
3 THIRD-NIGHT MEATFEAST
Red meat demands an equally powerful red wine. The Yarden cabernet sauvignon is an Israeli classic; a rich wine with complex flavours and a full body. Israel’s favourite cabernet sauvignon, it’s fruity, layered with a deep earthiness, notes of tobacco, black tea and a hint of the French oak barrels in which it is aged for 18 months.
4 FRIDAY NIGHT
Assuming the wedding was on a Tuesday ( pa’amayim ki tov), the fourth evening of sheva brachot falls on a Friday night. The Mount Hermon Red makes a great accompaniment to a traditional
roast-chicken dinner. A lighter wine, it presents layers of flavour that will not overwhelm the dish. With notes of ripe red and black fruits, this delightfully versatile wine is a perfect choice for those who prefer a wine which is easy to drink.
5 SHABBAT LUNCH SHENANIGANS
Shabbat lunch calls for a wine with a difference, to elevate the meal to a new level. To get all the guests talking, serve the Yarden 2T. This was released to rave reviews and is an interesting combination of two renowned Portuguese varietals, the Tinta Cao and Touriga Nacional. Its first vintage was a roaring success and the Yarden 2T is now a star of the Golan Heights Winery’s repertoire. Its deep cherry and plum flavours are layered with hints of velvet chocolate and spice and the wine is full-bodied with a long finish.
6 SUNDAY PICNIC
By now, a change of scene is called for — and weather permitting, you could celebrate the sixth sheva brachot with a picnic in the park. Grab a bottle or two of Gamla’s White Riesling, chill in an ice bucket and serve with fish goujons, quiche and finger food, laid out on a bright tablecloth on the lawn. The floral notes of the wine, coupled with hints of fresh mint, make this a refreshing choice for a lazy Sunday afternoon.
There is no requirement for sheva brachot to occur around a table and moving outdoors will add a breath of fresh air to the proceedings.
7 THE FINAL SEVEN
It is wonderful to end the sheva brachot on a sweet note. The award winning Yarden Heights wine is a dessert wine with a fruity difference.
A regally intense and aromatic mix of lychee, pineapple, apricot, melon and tangerine characters, layered with honeysuckle, jasmine and spice notes, this delectable dessert wine is rich with a long finish. All that is left is to toast a final l’Chaim to the newlyweds and wish them a happy, long and sweet life together.
With meat, make it Yarden cabernet sauvignon
Have a Mount Hermon white wedding (left) or go for a fruity 2T