Seven wines for seven bra­chot

The Jewish Chronicle - JC Magazine - - Food & Drink -

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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

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