"So if you're invited to a Passover Seder this year, remember: think like a rabbi, drink like a sommelier."
Something to consider at this year's Passover Seder: how cool is it that there's a blessing specific to wine? I've never found a blessing for the many other cool things good for consuming at the table—chocolate, bourbon, or how about perfect, lemony hollandaise sauce?
No, when it comes to the Jewish religion, you get two thank-you notes to recite at the table: one for bread, standing in for all things edible, and one for the fruit of the vine.
And nowhere in any Jewish text does it specify that we have to drink Malaga, or any of the other syrupy-sweet offenders many of us remember from childhood family affairs. In recent years, kosher wines grown in France, Italy, Israel, even South Africa, have evolved into excellence. That includes many with the additional hurdle of "kosher for Passover."