Which White Wine to Drink on Shavuot? 10 of Israel's Best White Wines
Updated: May 31
The Jewish holiday of Shavuot begins tonight. Shavuot is the Festival of Weeks or Festival of Tabernacles or the Pentacost. We count 49 days from Passover to Shavuot (literally every night counting aloud with a blessing, called "the counting of the omer") with the 50th night
beginning Shavuot. An omer is a measure of barley and Passover is when the barley harvest holiday takes place whereas Shavuot is when the wheat harvest occurs. We read the Book of Ruth at this time as a major story line occurs during the harvest. Shavuot also has an important religious significance as it is when we commemorate the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai. As such it is customary to study Torah all night long on Shavuot, and there are numerous educational events throughout the Jewish world called Tikkun Leil Shavuot. Shavuot is one of the 3 pilgrimage holidays (along with Passover and Sukkot) when Jews around the world would come to Jerusalem. It's also customary to have a dairy meal on the evening of Shavuot, though Sephardi and Mizrachi Jews will usually have a meat meal during the day. In order to help you plan your meal, here are 10 of Israel's best white wines - I can personally vouch for 7 of them as can people who have been on my culinary tours of Israel. As a bonus, here is a photo of wheat I took while hiking yesterday :). Chag Sameach - Happy Holiday!