Hanukkah and Wine Bottles

Blog, Hanukkah / Thursday, December 6th, 2018

Happy Hanukkah! It’s the time of the year again when our Jewish brothers and sisters celebrate yet another milestone in their lives. Yes, it is Hanukkah, which translates to “rededication” in English.

Hanukkah is the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire. It is a lesser Jewish festival, lasting eight days from the 25th day of Kislev (in December) and commemorating the rededication of the Temple in 165 BC by the Maccabees after its desecration by the Syrians. It is marked by the successive kindling of eight lights.

Today, people celebrate Hanukkah to remember defeating the Syrians and reviving the Temple of Jerusalem. Hanukkah is celebrated for eight days to mark the eight days the oil burned. People celebrate Hanukkah by lighting candles on a menorah, which is also called a Hanukiyah. Each night, one more candle is lit.

Of course, when something is celebrated, most often than not, there will be food that will be served for that special occasion. Also, when food is served, there is always wine that will perfectly pair it. Put all your Hanukkah worries away, as we got you covered. Here are some popular Hanukkah food and its perfect wine pairing, made all for you:

  1. Latkes – Probably the most popular Hanukkah food, latkes are shallow-fried pancakes of grated or ground potato, matzo meal or flour and a binding ingredient such as egg or applesauce, often flavored with grated garlic or onion and seasoning. Simply put, they are potato pancakes. Pair them with a good bottle of Barkan Classic Chardonnay U, and you are all set to take the most popular Hanukkah dish to the next level.
  2. Sufganiyot –  This sweet treat is a round jelly doughnut eaten in Israel and around the world on the Jewish festival of Hanukkah. This tasty, sweet jelly doughnut is best with a nice bottle of Barefoot Pink Moscato.
  3. Brisket – The main course of Hanukkah dinner tables, it’s like the Jewish version of turkey. You can make this at any manner you want, it’s up to you, and don’t worry about serving it with potatoes because you already have latkes for that part. A very good bottle of J Lohr Merlot Los Osos Paso Robles will hit all the right spots while eating your favorite brisket.
  4. Creamy Leek and Potato Soup – A rich and creamy vegetable soup like this should be served with viognier. A really nice bottle of In Situ Signature Syrah Mourvedre Viognier will be a good pairing with sweet potato soup, squash soup, or this potato leek soup.
  5. Kugel – It is a baked pudding or casserole, most commonly made from egg noodles or potato. It is a traditional Ashkenazi Jewish dish, often served on Shabbat and Yom Tov. When you want to drink wine with it, pair it with a really, really good bottle of Louis Latour Pinot Noir Bourgogne.

Also, every wine mentioned here is available in Columbia Wine Co! You can download the Columbia Wine Co app for easy and convenient ways of buying your favorite drink. It’s wine, obviously. And if you’re lazy to use our app and would just like to order wine without wasting storage space, please check out the Columbia Wine Co website on the internet. You can enjoy 15% off on your next purchase. Just make sure to enter your email address when a magical pop-up box appears on your screen.

Happy Hanukkah! Drink moderately.

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