It’s a country that’s rich in wine history, yet its wines remain largely misunderstood and underappreciated by the U.S. market. Why Americans should be paying more attention to Israeli wine.
“Decoding Israeli Wine”
Wine Enthusiast Magazine
Yes, Israel is making great wines. The quality of fine wine coming out of Israel has been growing exponentially over the past decade. The combination of it’s French winemaking history, ancient vineyards, and current influx of top-notch winemakers is putting Israel on the wine map.
This class is your singular opportunity to experience the greatest wines of Israel, one of the oldest wine regions in the world, dating back over 10,000 years.
The eastern shores of the Mediterranean, and in particular Israel, are the cradle of the world’s wine industry. Winemaking has been a tradition here for over 4,000 years. It’s a shame that most people only know about the cheap and sweet stuff. Here is your chance to experience something very special.
The country’s wines have been transformed over the past twenty years. The modern wine scene in Israel is terrific, with excellent wines coming from Galilee, Judean Hills, Negev, and many other regions. Winemakers have rediscovered ancient vineyards, and are harvesting grapes from high-altitude plots that enjoy cool sea breezes and well-draining soils. Israel’s wine revolution began with Cabernet Sauvignon, and now has moved toward ancient Mediterranean varieties like carignan and mourvedre.
Kosher, smosher! This is a class not be missed.
1. Dalton 2013 Single Vineyard Elkosh Semillon (Galilee)
2. Ella Valley Vineyards 2013 Chardonnay (Judean Hills)
1. Domaine Netofa 2014 Rose (Galilee)
1. Beit El 2014 Carignan (Judean Hills)
2. Psagot 2013 “M Series” Cabernet Franc (Jerusalem Hills)
1. Jezreel Valley 2013 “Adumim” (Galilee)
2. Barkan 2010 Assemblage Tzfatit (Judean Hills)
1. Yarden 2013 Mount Hermon White (Galilee)
2. Karmei Yosef Winery 2012 Bravdo Rosé (Judean Hills)
1. Tishbi Estate 2009 Pinot Noir (Shomron)
2. Tabor 2012 Adama II “Thunder” (Galilee)
1. Psagot 2012 Merlot (Judean Hills)
2. Tzora Vineyards 2014 Red Blend (Judean Hills)
1. Har Bracha 2011 Pura Port
The class starts in Israel
1. Ella Valley Vineyards 2010 Chardonnay, Ella Valley
then to Lebanon
1. Chateau Musar 2010 Jeune, Bekaa Valley
2. Chateau Kefraya 2009 Les Breteches, Bekaa Valley
and the new & old world styles in Israel.
1. Ella Valley Vineyards 2007 Syrah, Ella Valley
2. Psagot 2010 Shiraz, Jerusalem Mountain
We end with the international superstars
`1. Yatir 2007 Red, Judean Hills
2. Domaine du Castel 2007 Grand Vin, Jerusalem