Spanish Mazel Tov

The quality of kosher wines has improved steadily over the years, although the options for good, quality bottles have remained limited. This holiday season opt for the Capcanes Peraj Ha’abib, Flor de Primavera 2003. Cellar Capcanes has been quietly growing old vines garnacha (Grenache) in the northeastern Montsant appellation of Spain, next door to the prestigious Priorato region since 1933. This cooperative was petitioned by the Jewish community in Barcelona to create a kosher wine, a task the Catholic winery was unequipped for, according to strict Jewish code. An enormous upgrade and consultation by rabbis brought Capcanes up to code, resulting in a magnificent effort regardless of religious denomination. Flor de Primavera means spring blossom, but don’t be fooled by its dainty name. Aged in French oak for over one year, this wine boasts a ton of black fruit, smoky aromas and juicy spice. This wine exudes the true finesse and power of Spanish wine.