|Baron Herzog Rosé of Cab Sauv $10 Kosher Wine|
As gentiles and Jews alike, we ring in the new calendar year with one evening of drunken revels and the regret of a (sometimes painful) hangover the very next day.
The Jewish religion also celebrates Rosh Hashana. This opening of the New Year chased ten days later with Yom Kippur, an official day of atonement, gives celebrants a goodly slice of time to consider their year and how to make 5778 their best year ever.
Knowing how I run around on December 30th, I wanted to offer a short cut to a delicious Kosher wine and a wonderful salad to help you if you are doing the same on Rosh Hashana Eve, or if you are just curious about a great rosé.
I received this sample from Baron Herzog, but it is available at the blessedly ubiquitous Total Wine for less than $10. Made from Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, this wine is a watermelon pink, my favorite for celebrations. This time of year, when in the SF Bay Area we never know if it's going to be rainy, foggy, or broasting hot, rosé is a great choice both to welcome guests and to pair with food. This 2016 wine had notes of red fruit and tartness that I enjoyed as an aperitif as well as with charcuterie. We agreed the the wine would have both held up to more substantial fare, as well as had the freshness to pair with salad. I love a versatile, pretty wine for less than $10!
Herzog Cellars currently located in Oxnard, CA, makes both Kosher and non Kosher wines. They have an amazing story of tenacity and survival spanning many decades and countries. Having escaped the Nazis, the Herzog family landed in New York in the late '40's and with dedication and investment, worked together to shape Royal Wines into production of European style wines eventually gravitating to California in the mid '80s. I throw around the phrase "history in a bottle" like a punchline, but in this case, the interesting, sometimes poignant, story flavored the wine for me. I hope you get a chance to try some.
"Chef's Table" featuring Nancy, you cannot help but crave an opportunity to try her food. Her new cookbook "The Mozza CookBook" features recipes that enable the home cook to recreate these delectable dishes in the context of Nancy's experiences in SoCal and Italy. Lots of yummy, deceptively simple dishes where what you invest in prep time and pursuit of the best ingredients pays of in easy entertaining.
While the full recipe for the salad is only in the book, the ingredients for the salad dressing are online here.
Find and arrange the freshest, tender squashes you can and marinate them in the ingredients. One tip from the book, add the oregano right before serving.
Since honey is the flavor enabler to coax out the sweetness of the squashes, it's a perfect dish for Rosh Hashana.
Part of the Rosh Hashana celebration involves eating apple slices dipped in honey to symbolize wishing your fellow celebrants sweetness in the upcoming year. Honey is an ancient food and consuming it connects us with the past as it wishes us good things to come in the future. We can all use a great salad, a fun Sub $10 rosé, and a wish for sweet blessings in the year to come.
I received this wine as a sample