HaKerem: Israeli Wine

04 Dec Happy Hannukah

So Hanukkah started tonight in Israel and the rest of the world. What  That means it's time for Sufganiyot (jelly donuts) which have been appearing in Israel since after Sukkot (is that like seeing Christmas decorations as soon as Halloween is over in America?). I'm...

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04 Dec Gary tastes Yarden

Haven't watched it yet but Gary Vaynerchuk has the 2003 Yarden Cabernet Sauvignon on the latest Wine Library TV. Now, if only he referred to it as Israeli and not kosher (although it is a great wine - like most of Golan Heights Winery -...

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03 Dec How to Taste Wine

From WikiHow Steps Look at the wine, especially around the edges. Tilting the glass a bit can make it easier to see the way the color changes from the center to the edges. Holding the glass in front of a white background, such as a napkin, tablecloth,...

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02 Dec Israel:The New Old World Wine

There is much discussion between “New World” (Australia, South Africa, etc.) and “Old World” (France, etc.) wine and also where Israel fits in. Well, the reality is that Israel is the new old world wine. From IsraelWines.co.il – An exhibition on the subject of wine-making in Ancient...

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30 Nov Yatir Winery

Yatir Winery is another great Israeli winery. All the Yatir wines that I have drunk have truly stood out as some of the best wine that I have ever drunk. Smooth, complex, and just tasty, Yatir is a winery in the Negev (the Negev! Desert!)...

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29 Nov Psagot Winery

Monday night I had the opportunity to taste five truly amazing wines. While most were from California (including Covenant’s second label, the Cabernet Sauvignon Red Sea 2003), there was one unique and special wine from Israel. In fact, it was from a winery that I...

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27 Nov Tzuba Winery

This video is a fascinating introduction to Tzuba Winery. Unforunately, it’s all in Hebrew, which makes its usefulness rather limited outside of Israel. I often wonder why Israel doesn’t invest more in English-language material on its wineries. There is even an Israeli wine forum or...

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22 Nov Happy Thanksgiving

I just want to wish my readers in the United States a very happy and healthy Thanksgiving holiday full of good cruelty-free food (Yes, I do miss the Tofurkey and saw a fascinating documentary Sunday night about how Jewish values support a vegetarian diet in...

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