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Upcoming Wine Advocate eRobertParker review of Israeli Wines

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Mark Squires, who is in charge of reviewing Israeli wine for Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, has just alerted us that the April issue will feature many Israeli wines from wineries such as Castel, Recanati, Tzora, Chateau Golan, and even some old players like Amphorae. Check it out on eRobertParker.com soon.

David Rhodes on Gary Vaynerchuk’s Sirus radio show

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Frequent HaKerem contributor David Rhodes was on Gary Vaynerchuk's radio show on the Sirus radio network Click here to listen

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The Zichron Ya'akov Ramat HaNadiv Wine Festival is returning on March 25-26 Come get a taste of the Carmel's culinary wealth, and meet the creative folk behind the food scene at the first Winefest ever held in Ramat Hanadiv's magnificent gardens. In early April, dozens of wineries from the Carmel region will gather here to […]...

Boutique revolution puts Israeli wines on world map

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Read the full article In the rolling pine-covered hills west of Jerusalem, winemaker Eran Pick checks on the vines he cultivates, plying an ancient trade which has been common to the area since biblical times. "For 3,000 years wine has been produced in these hills," says Pick, 40, who is trained in a mix of […]

Israeli Wineries to Visit

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Live in Israel or looking to visit? Several Israeli wineries, from the Negev to the Golan, not only are open to visitors but also have visitor centers that cater to the needs of wine tourism. Some recommended wineries include: Galil Mountain Winery, Upper Galilee Recanati, Emek Hefer Industrial Park (conveniently located between Ra'anana and Netany...

Sommelier on Israeli TV

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  Sommelier was covered by many Israeli TV news shows and media outlets (in Hebrew). Click on the links below (sorry, embedding is disabled) to watch the clips:   Calcalist TV Walla! Channel 2 Channel 10

Israeli Wine Exports Rose 10% in 2014

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Globes is reporting that Israeli Wine Exports rose 10%. According to Globes: Israeli-made wine sales reached $220 million last year, of which $40 million was in exports. 2014 was another good year for Israel's wine industry, according to figures published today by the Israel Export and International Cooperation Institute. Exports of wine and spirit...

Sommelier 2015

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Sommelier is Israel's most professional wine festival. Not intended for hobbiests or people looking to get drunk but rather intended for true oenophiles, members of the industry such as restaurant buyers and wine shops as well as sommoliers, wine waiters, bar managers, buyers, etc. Sommelier will take place 26-27 January between 12:00-21:00 at the ...

Rothschild & Montefiore At Carmel

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The Baroness Ariane de Rothschild visited Rishon Le Zion as guest of the Mayor, Dov Tzur. The visit marked 80 years since the death of Baron Edmond de Rothschild and 132 years since the founding of Rishon Le Zion. The Mayor presented her with Honorary Citizenship of Rishon Le Zion. She also visited Carmel Winery's […]

Zvi Segal of Segal Winery (Hebrew)

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This video is about Zvi Segal, patriarch of the Segal Family, one of the early winemaking families in Israel.  

Roni Saslove – Winemaker and manager of the Tasting Room

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Check out this clip on Roni Saslove, winemaker and manager of The Tasting Room, one of the newest wineries that opened up in Tel Aviv's renovated Sarona complex. A great place to visit in a beautiful setting, only a few steps from Tel Aviv's Azrieli Center and business district. The Tasting Room is probably the […]

16th Annual Judean Hills Wine Festival, Thursday October 23rd, 2014

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The Judean Hills hosts its 16th Annual Wine Festival, Thursday Night at Mini-Israel starting at 730PM to go as late as 11PM. Not only is it the longest continuous running annual wine event in Israel, it recognizes the Judean Hills as the most established wine appellation as it not only stresses wines made in the […]

Matar Winery – Something New (and kosher) from the Pelter’s

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Despite the fact that the Pelter Winery has been non-kosher since its first vintage in 2002, anyone even slightly involved with Israel’s wine industry has not only heard of this boutique winery, but is also aware of its ranking near the upper echelon of Israeli wineries.  While the fact that Nir Pelter is making kosher […]

Bat Shlomo Vineyards – Wine fit for a king

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Bat Shlomo Vineyards – Wine fit for a king When Baron Edmond de Rothschild first bought the land now known of as Bat Shlomo, he brought wine experts from France to school the Jewish pioneers in the art of grape-growing and winemaking, planting the original vineyards. More than a century later, winemaking has returned to […]

Small Wineries Rule At Eshkol Ha’Zahav

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At the awards ceremony for the 2014 Eshkol Ha’Zahav wine tasting competition, there were a number of surprises. This year it was the smaller, newish, lesser known wineries that drew attention by winning some of the main prizes. Wineries such as Jezreel Valley, Kishor, Kerem Montefiore and Vortman took on and beat some of the […]

Be a Part of Israel’s Startup Winery

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Israel’s Startup Winery, Jezreel Valley Winery, co-founded by high tech entrepreneur Jacob Ner-David and Yehuda Nahar, is looking for funding. Using a new innovative funding model called crowdfunding, they are giving supporters of Israel and lovers of wine an opportunity to contribute to building this new, amazing winery. Crowdfunding is a way in w...

Style Magazine Covers Israeli Wine

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Style Magazine, a large Hong Kong paper, has a great new article about Israeli wine. Check it out here. Grape ambitions Winemaking in the Middle East enjoys a long history, but the time is now ripe for Israel and Lebanon to enter the world stage, writes Alexis Lai THE COOL WINE CAVE OFFERS THE PERFECT […]

Rhones on the Right Track

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This article was originally published in ESRA Magazine Ido Lewinsohn has been part of the winemaking team at the Recanati Winery since 2007 when he worked with founding winemaker Lewis Pasco. He stayed on at the winery when a new senior winemaker, Gil Shatsberg, took over the helm in 2008. Before joining Recanati, Ido had […]

Launch of New Wine Guide

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The New Israeli Wine Guide has been launched at the new branch of Derech Ha’Yayin in Tel Aviv. The authors, Yair Gath and Gal Zohar, presented their selection of the ‘Best Seventy’ wines in Israel. Guests gathered from every part of the wine business, to receive a card with two QR codes on it. One […]

Ramat Hanadiv Wine & Plenty Festival April 9,10 2014

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Located between Zichron Ya'acov and Binyamina at Ramat Hanadiv Gardens, possibly Israel's most majestic private park this park could have gone by many titles. Ramat Hanadiv, Mt. Carmel, Zichron Ya'acov could have easily found their way into the name of the Ramat Hanadiv Wines & Plenty Festival. The park is situated just south of Zichron […...

2014 Israeli Wine Festival Season Approaching

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Although there are wine events and festivals all year long in Israel, the largest tend to happen outside during our dry season (which happens historically between Passover in the spring and Sukkot in the fall). In the beautiful climate of a Mediterranean region, enjoying wine outside during the evening seems a natural inclination and entitlement [&...

Keeping it in the Family

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The Montefiore family, Adam, David & Rachel, were photographed at a private meal at the Ritz Carlton, with bottles of Carmel, Tabor and Montefiore wines on the table. Adam works for Carmel, David for Tabor and Rachel for Montefiore wineries. One family, three wineries. The father , Adam Montefiore, has worked for many years in […]

Top 10 Wineries in Time Out Israel

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Time Out Israel has published a list of the top ten Israeli wineries, as selected by wine expert, Gal Zohar. The list appears in the January edition of the English version of this magazine. The cover headline is ‘Wine Tourism in Israel. Gal Zohar is a sommelier and wine consultant, who is also in the […]

Wine by the Glass

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    Wine by the glass, a rip-off or an inexpensive way to expand and enhance your lifetime journey with food and wine. At times it can be one or the other or both depending on how your approach it and where you partake.     Wine by the glass is generally determined by the wholesale price of the […]

Moses Montefiore: Wine & Vines

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A conference on the subject of the Englishman, Sir Moses Montefiore, was held recently at Mishkenot Sha'ananim in Jerusalem. It was entitled: ‘Moses Montefiore: The Man Behind The Windmill' and was attended by people from all over the world. The first lecture of the three day conference was given by Adam Montefiore, the first member of the fa...

Carmel Winery continues to innovate

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Carmel Winery is well known to all of the readers of this site and anyone who knows anything about Israeli wine. Carmel Winery is one of Israel's oldest wineries and the wineries in Rishon L'Tzion and Zichron Ya'akov are among Israel's oldest buildings. In the past few years Carmel has made major investments in its […]

Jezreel Valley Winery

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I first wrote about Jezreel Valley Winery, one of Israel's newest wineries founded by high-tech entrepreneur Jacob Ner-David & Yehuda Nahar with Californian Ari Erle as the winemaker. Since writing the article I got my hands on several bottles of the wines at innovine – an event hosted at Google Israel focusing on wine and […]

New Israeli Wine Magazine

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Friend and contributing writer to HaKerem, David Rhodes has just begun a new initiative to promote Israeli wine in hotels, tourist sites, and other places where English speakers are who want to learn more about Israeli wine and food. Called the Israel Wine & Dine Digest, the magazine will cover food and wine in Israel. […]

Israeli wine in New York

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This past June, City Winery held a wine tasting and discussion about Israeli wine. In these videos they discuss the tasting as well as the history of Israeli wine.

Adam Montefiore talks about Israeli wine at the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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Adam S. Montefiore – Wine Development Director, Carmel Winery, speaking about "Wines of Israel — Mediterranean Inspiration" at the launch of the ConnectIL website, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Israeli Wine Guide Top 20 Wines

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The ‘New Israel Wine Guide’ has published its preview. Interestingly, it lists ‘The Top Twenty Israeli Wines’, divided into red and white wines. The best two whites on the list were from the same winery.  Tzora Winery’s Shoresh, a Sauvignon Blanc, and the Neve Ilan, a Chardonnay, were in first and second place. The best […]

The New Israeli Wine Guide

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When Daniel Rogov passed away there was a real void left in the Israeli wine world. Rogov's Guide to Israeli Wine was one of the most important books in the Israeli wine world, providing a comprehensive guide to hundreds of Israeli wines, including tasting notes and scores – notably in English (Rogov was raised in […]

The Israel Wine Map

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A new updated wine map has been produced in English, called The Israeli Wine Map. It features a hundred of the best wineries of Israel from the northernmost Odem Mountain Winery, in the northern Golan Heights, all the way down to the Derech Eretz Winery, in the deepest Negev Desert. It runs from A to […]

An Episode of Food & Wine Pairing: Hummus and Falafel and Which Wine?

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While researching an article about which dry wines are suggested to match best with local fare like hummus and falafel (Sauvignon Blanc, Rosé and Pinot Noir wines by the way), I had a thought about trying something that wasn’t suggested by other sommeliers or chefs. One thing about food and wine pairings is that its […]

The winery at the heart of Israel’s wine revolution

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It sparked a revolution in Israel's winemaking industry. Now the Golan Heights Winery is celebrating three decades of award-winning wine. The founding of the Golan Winery in 1983 was a major factor in the transformation of Israel's wine industry from sweet, insipid wines to award winning. Check out ISRAEL21c's video about the Golan Heights Winery....

Four New Tel Phares Wines Available in Tel Aviv & Ein Gev

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Another day, another winery. It at least it feels that way sometimes. But not all of Israel’s hundreds of wineries are created equal. So its nice when there’s a new one on my radar for all of the right reasons. Producing 18,000 bottles of their own wine and being relatively new to the industry, the

New Premium Israeli Carignan Released!!!

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The Tishbi Winery recently released their newest addition to their Single Vineyard series their 2007 Tishbi Single Vineyard Old Vine Carignan. This 100% Carignan is from their 45 year old vineyards in Shefaya from which the Tishbi's got their Hebrew name (n acronym in Hebrew) from renown Israeli poet Chaim Nacham Bialek which stands for

Newest Barkan Assemblage Wines Released!!!

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Sunday night at Tel Aviv Yosef David’s Downtown restaurant, the Barkan Winery launched its newest vintages from its Assemblage series of wines. CEO Shmuel Boxer as well as winemakers Ed Salzburg and Irit Boxer-Shank were on hand to usher in the introduction of the first white wine to the Assemblage series and the three newest

Aptly Named Wines & More in Tel Aviv

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As I was walking down the street one steamy afternoon in Tel Aviv, I walked by Wines & More at 208 Ben Yehuda (part of Israel's largest chain of wine shops oddly enough owned by Christian Arabs). I frequently poke into wine shops and restaurants to see what's on the shelves and wine lists,respectfully, to

Jezreel Valley Winery

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The Israeli wine scene continues to heat up. A new winery recently opened on Kibbutz Ketura, in the heart of the Beit Netofa Valley, in the Lower Galilee region of Israel. The Jezreel Valley Winery was founded by entrepreneur Jacob Ner-David, originally from New York, living in Israel since 1996, and Yehuda Nahar, a Jerusalem

2013 Eshkol Hazahav (“Golden Cluster”) Awards

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The 2013 winners of the annual Eshkol Hazahav Awards were announced at the Dan Panorama Hotel in Tel Aviv, June 3rd to a good turnout of many of Israel's best winemakers & an array of wine insiders. It's the only annual wine awards focusing entirely on Israeli wines (supplemented a Best Value Awards) organized by

Pros & Cons of Israeli Wine Festivals

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During the last five years, I've attended dozens of Israeli wine festivals. Now I even consult for a few festivals. Before I moved to Israel I helped start a wine festival for San Diego County's wineries. After years of offering free advice, I found often that the only way to get people to listen to

2013 Sea Village Wine Festival in Hadera June 19th & 20th

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The Five-towns are getting their own wine festival as Hadera hosts the 2013 Sea Village Wine Festival Wednesday & Thursday June 19th & 20th starting each evening at 18:30 (6:30 pm) until 11PM at the Sea Village Spa, Benjamin Bay, Hadera. entry is NIS 85 including a wine glass for an unlimited choice of tasting

Tel Aviv’s Largest Wine Festival this week!!!

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The 2013 Tel Aviv Wine Festival will take place on May 28th to 30th at the Eretz Israel Museum (Haaretz Museum) 7-11PM featuring different musical acts each evening. Guests of the festival will enjoy tasting any of the 160 types of wine from 40 wineries around the world including a large selection of Israeli wines.

Gamla Brut Golan Heights Winery

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He writes and is member of the editorial board of ‘The World of Fine Wine' (www.finewinemag.com) and blogs in Italian at A Thousand Bubbles, where this post first appeared. It was translated by WebFlakes, where the full article appears. At the end of 2012 I mentioned in this blog that Israel too had been infected

3rd Annual Ra’anana Wine Festival June 12th & 13th, 2013

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The 3rd Annual Ra'anana Wine Festival is just around the corner in a few weeks June 12th & 13th, 2013 at the scenic Park Ra'anana adjacent to the tranquil pond on the western end of the park.The Festavino group is hosting this year. The event will go 6PM to 11PM. It's best to arrive early

Favorite Wines From the 2013 White Festival in Herzaliya

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If you like white wines half as much as I do then you should stop by the last night of the 5th Annual White Festival at the Herzliya Marina. There is an amazing selection of Israeli and imported white wines, rosés and sparkling wines in one of the most scenic venues of any wine festival

Two New Binyamina Yogev Whites released before Shavuot

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Besides the heat and humidity, one way I can tell summer is creeping up is when Israeli wineries start releasing their new vintages of white wines and rosés. One of the first Israeli wineries to land their new wines on my doorstep this spring is the Binyamina Winery, Israel’s 5th largest winery, typically producing about

New Red Wine Grape Previewed at Recanati WInery

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Not too long ago you may recall some rave reviews by me about some Recanati wines. Generally speaking I think they are consistently one of the best commercial wineries in Israel so when I heard they were releasing a new wine I was excited for the opportunity to taste what they crafted and when I

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