Shavuot & The Wines We Drink
Shavuot is a Jewish holiday that commemorates when G-d gave the Torah to the Jewish people at Mount Sinai. Shavuot is one of the three pilgrimage festivals of Judaism, along with Passover and Sukkot. It marks the end of the seven-week period of counting the Omer, which begins on the second night of Passover and marks the beginning of the spring harvest season.
Shavuot is known as the “Festival of Weeks,” and it is customary to eat dairy foods during the holiday. There are several explanations for this custom, including the idea that the Torah is compared to milk and honey, which are both sweet and nourishing. Dairy foods are also associated with the idea of the Promised Land, which is said to be a land flowing with milk and honey. One of the most popular dairy foods that is eaten on Shavuot is cheesecake. Other popular dairy foods that are eaten on the holiday include kugel, blintzes, and ice cream.
Wine is an important part of Jewish tradition and not only is often consumed during holidays and special occasions but is considered to be a symbol of joy and abundance. On Shavuot, white and rose wines, like Twin Suns Buttery Chardonnay and Barons de Rothschild Rimapere Sauvignon Blanc, tend to be consumed with the meal as they are often associated with spring and the harvest season. White and rose wines often are made from grapes that ripen early in the spring and are harvested in May and June. Which makes choosing to drink white and rose wines a natural choice for this holiday. Additionally, these wines typically are lighter bodied and best paired with dairy type foods.
Shavuot is an important holiday in the Jewish tradition that celebrates the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai. It is a time for Jews around the world to come together to commemorate their faith, culture, and history. The customs associated with Shavuot, including the reading of the Ten Commandments and the eating of dairy foods, help to reinforce the importance of this holiday. And the tradition of pairing white and rose wines on Shavuot is another reminder of the ancient roots of this celebration.