The Best Kosher Wines for Celebrating Hanukkah

Trying to find the best wines for the holidays? Maybe something a little different than the usual? Check out some kosher wines for celebrating Hanukkah. 


People use wine to celebrate a myriad of events, from birthday celebrations to holiday get-togethers. Wine tends to be a celebratory drink of choice for many people. Part of that has to do with how varied it is—if somebody wants sweet, there’s a wine for that. If someone else wants something bold and flavorful, there’s a wine for that as well.

Similarly, there are also wines that fit your favorite holidays. When it comes to kosher wines, you have more options than the sweet and syrupy Manischewitz. In fact, reds, whites, and sparklers are produced all over the world to fit your needs.

Technically speaking, a wine has to be served by an observant Jew to retain a kosher status; however, there’s a variation known as “meshuval” that allows the general public to handle the bottle. In order to gain this distinction, the wines are heated through flash pasteurization. That process once had a bad reputation, but today, these wines are as good as any kosher ones.

Below, we’ll discuss some of the best kosher wines for celebrating Hanukkah. From easy Chardonnays to beautiful Syrahs, you have more options than you may think!


We like the idea of a nice, refreshing Riesling for Hanukkah, especially if you need to unwind after a busy day. We particularly enjoy Hafagen Cellars for their three brands: Hafagen Cellars, Prix Vineyards, and Don Ernesto. All their wines are kosher, and their dry Riesling is superb!


Not all kosher wines taste syrupy, and that’s what you’ll realize when you find a kosher Chardonnay. Typically abundant with white fruit flavors (pears, apples, and peaches), it’s a smooth choice to pair with our Hanukkah dishes—such as latkes! You can find plenty of kosher and meshuval Chardonnays for a variety of prices. If you’re looking for something a bit more unique, we suggest Gito Winery from Israel.

Syrah or Shiraz

There are some delicious kosher red wines for celebrating Hanukkah, and our favorite happens to be Syrah. Shiraz and Syrah are two names for the same type of dark red wine, which is perfect for any meat you choose for the holiday. Some varieties can have a bit of a fruity flavor, but you’ll also notice some hints of smoke and pepper. Do a bit of research and you’ll find there are kosher options all around!

Whether you’re gifting some wine or searching for wine for yourself, look to Wines ’Til Sold Out. We can ship it to you just in time for the holidays—we have a stunning Shiraz from Kay Brothers that’s sure to warm you up. Our discount wine online is what you’ve been looking for—especially when you take a look at our Holiday Winter Wine Collection!


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