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May One Use White Wine For Kiddush?

May One Use White Wine For Kiddush?

By: The OU Kosher Halacha Yomis Team


May One Use White White For Kiddush?


Shulchan Aruch (Orach Chaim 272:4) writes that although the Ramban held that one may not use white wine for Kiddush, the common minhag is to permit. The Mishnah Berurah (272:10) writes that lechatchila (ideally) it is best to use red wine for Kiddush, but if red wine is not available, or if the white wine is better quality, then one may use white wine.


Please note that on Passover, for the four cups of wine at the Seder, one should specifically try to use red wine in memory of the Jewish blood that was spilled in Egypt (see Mishnah Berurah 472:38).