Readers’ Choice 2018: California Winery


Covenant Wines

(510) 559-9045  •

Calling itself “the only urban kosher winery operating in America since Prohibition,” Covenant Wines moved from Napa Valley to a 7,000-square-foot warehouse in Berkeley in 2014, producing red, white and pink wines that are kosher for Passover and under the supervision of the Orthodox Union.

Hagafen Cellars

(888) 424-2336  •

Hagafen Cellars, a perennial readers’ choice founded in 1979, produces gold medal-winning Napa Valley varietals that are kosher for Passover and year-round. Owner Ernie Weir is involved in both sides of wine production: grape growing and winemaking. Tasting room open to the public; tours are by appointment.

Portola Vineyards

(650) 332-4959  •

Portola Vineyards produces chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon and pinot noir, with one recent release earning 94 points and a gold medal in They pride themselves on excellent wines from small vineyards and minimalist philosophy in winemaking, including the use of native yeast fermentations.

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