Globes, “Israel’s Business Arena” reports that Passover wine sales are expected to drop.
It is reporting on wine sales in Israel, but I have heard that sales here (In NY at least) have been soft so far. I have heard/seen/read reports that as much as 50% (or more) of annual kosher wine sales occurs in the weeks leading up to Passover. And with the economic conditions as they are, it appears that wine sales are suffering.
I must confess that the Israeli wines I have been pouring for store owners has been very well received. But the customers still need to come in and buy the bottles.
So my post today is a plea. No matter your race, religion, color, etc (ok , age does matter, please be over 21) go out in the next two weeks to your local wine shop and buy a bottle of israeli wine to commemorate Passover (the first Seder is on April 8th). There is some really good stuff coming out of Israel these days (my Passover recommendations are coming soon), and while it isn’t cheap, the better wines are damn good and actually pretty darned good values.
Happy Passover time Israeli wine tasting!