HaKerem: Israeli Wine

15 Dec Israel: The Original ‘Old World’

Israel is the original “old world” wine region. The Middle East and Eastern Mediterranean was the cradle of the world’s wine culture thousands of years before the vine reached Europe. Wine has been produced in the Land of Israel since Biblical times. Whether you call it...

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13 Dec Tzuba Winery

One of my new favorite Israeli wineries comes from a kibbutz not far from Jerusalem. Tzuba Winery is based at Kibbutz Tzuba in the Judean Hills. It's first release was only from the 2005 vintage. While that vintage was quite enjoyable, this year's releases (of...

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07 Dec Wine gifts for the holidays

Reports are that Americans are cutting back on gifts for themselves, while the crisis in America has reached Israel. Yet, this holiday season doesn’t have to be an empty one for adults. Instead of buying wine for gifts, how about learning about a new wine...

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27 Nov Binyamina’s Baby: Binyamina ‘B’ 2008

Baby Binyamina is the first release of the 2008 vintage from Binyamina Winery. A light and fruity wine, it was released one minute after midnight on November 20. Like Beaujolais wine, the Binyamina B underwent carbonic maceration. This means that this young wine is meant...

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21 Nov Google’s Top 100 Wine Blogs

According to the wine site enobytes.com, HaKerem: The Israeli Wine Blog is one of the top 100 Google wine blogs. Here are the top 5 blogs: 1        Vinography 2        Wine Library TV 3        Dr Vino 4        The Pour 5        Fermentation Our good friend Richard's Israeli Wine Direct...

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19 Nov It’s ‘Beaujolais Day,’ in Israel too

Note: I meant to publish this early last week, but for technical reasons, this post never got published. My apologies. By Daniel Rogov As every November, tomorrow dozens of wine stores from Paris to Rio de Janeiro will celebrate the first wines of the 2008 Beaujolais harvest. Beaujolais...

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18 Nov Golan Gamay Noveau 2008

Israel's only Beaujolais-style wine is the Golan Gamay Noveau. The Golan Gamay Noveau is the Golan Heights Winery's first red wine from the 2008 vintage. The wine, just like those in the Beaujolais region of France, comes from 100% Gamay grapes, that came from the Tel...

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17 Nov Israel’s 2008 Harvest Begins

The 2008 harvest has just begun and, here in Israel, a handful of super-young wines have just been released or are about to be released. The Golan Heights Winery has already released their 2008 Moscato, a light and fizzy wine. This is Daniel Rogov’s tasting note: Golan...

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