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Great Wines to Enjoy this Chanukah

Bayonne, NJ – November 23, 2009 – At Chanukah we traditionally eat fried foods to commemorate the miracle of oil.Pairing the resulting fried delicacies with wine has proven to be a bit of a challenge for wine lovers.But wines with sweet, bubbly or even minerally characteristics have demonstrated an ability to stand up to the challenge fried foods present.

Bartenura Asti or Prosecco are two Italian sparkling wines.The lively texture the bubbles impart to these wines help to cut through the oily feel of fried foods and make them a natural pairing.   From New Zealand, Goose Bay’s Sauvignon Blanc has another vivacious feature to save one’s palate – acidity.The crisp acidity of this New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc that received a score of 90 from Wine Spectator acts as a palate refresher and keeps our taste buds alive amidst a sea of heavy fried foods.

Bartenura’s Moscato, more commonly referred to as the “blue bottle”, has a sweet and bubbly character that has made this treat a guilty pleasure for years.This year it comes packaged in a new gift box, making the “blue bottle” the perfect holiday gift.A semi-sweet white with refreshing bubbles, Bartenura Moscato is the perfect pairing to latkes dipped in applesauce.Or if you prefer red, also from Bartenura is the Malvasia.Considered by many to be a hidden treasure, this light red wine can be served as an aperitif or with the meal.An easy sipping wine, Malvasia has berry aromas and flavors in addition to a slight effervescence.

The classic Baron Herzog Jeunesse provides a semi-sweet punch for the nostalgic wine lover in your family.Light with a touch of sweetness, this Cabernet Sauvignon pairs better with Chanukah foods than would its drier, more tannic barrel aged brother.The perfect pairing for a jelly donut!   While big red wines might clash with Chanukah cuisine, a light Pinot Noir, such as the Herzog Special Reserve Pinot Noir, will go quite nicely.With its strawberry character and refreshing acidity this wine will complement both a salty latke and a sweet donut.

The Herzog Reserve Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon was recently awarded 90 points from Wine Enthusiast.Lauded for its elegance and complexity, this wine made in Herzog’s world class Oxnard, California winery has the structure to stand up to the main dish at your Chanukah gathering – anything from meat or chicken to pasta and fish.