The sauvignon blanc 2010 (left) is from the Ella Valley Vineyards in Israel and has a fresh, vibrant and fruity flavor. The Herzog 2007 Special Reserve cabernet sauvignon (right) is from the Alexander Valley of California. It's a <em>mevushal</em> bottle that remains kosher even if served by a non-Jew.
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A traditional Jewish Seder plate for Passover.
A kiddush cup, Seder plate and matzo for Passover. Words from the traditional Hebrew blessing of the wine are written on the cup.
On Friday, many Jewish families will mark the first night of Passover with a special Seder dinner. During this ceremonial meal, family members retell the story of Exodus.
"Passover is the night when we celebrate our redemption from Egypt many years ago," Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld of Ohev Sholom, the National Synagogue, tells NPR's Michel Martin.
Herzfeld says wine plays a large role in the Seder dinner because Passover is meant to be a joyful time when Jews celebrate their freedom from bondage. For each of the four major rituals, participants drink one glass of wine.
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