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Shana Tova and a Question: What Wine Will Be On Your Table Tomorrow?

September 7, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

Tomorrow many of us will celebrate Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. Wine is (could you guess?) one of the important traditional elements of the Rosh Hashanah table.

I remember that about 10 years ago, if anyone would be talking “Kosher wines”, 9 out 10, if not more often, the only Kosher wine available in US would be Manishewitz, barely drinkable fruit juice. Today situation is soooo different. Israel produces tremendous number of great wines (absolute majority are Kosher) from various mainstream grapes, such as Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Malbec and more. Today Israel has its own boutique wineries, which have status similar to the California cult wineries, such as Screaming Eagle, Colgin and others – if not yet in price, definitely in availability. Try to find wines from the wineries such as Flam, Domaine du Castel, Yatir or Vitkin – and if you will succeed, make sure you will taste them as you will be very thankful you did. But even the mainstream Israeli wines, coming from the wineries such a Dalton, Galil Mountain, Benyamina, Tishbi, Yarden and many others (Israel has more than 200 wineries at this point), which are readily available in your neighbourhood wine store, will make a great addition to any table.

So what wine will be on your table tomorrow? If you didn’t decide yet, make an effort, find one of the Israeli wines and let me know how did you like it. If you plan to have any other wine, I’m still eager to know what will it be. And even if Rosh Hashanah is not your holiday, get your friends together, share the bottle ( wine meant to be shared!) and raise the glass to life.


  1. September 8, 2010 at 9:34 am

    L’chaim and Shana Tova !

    IIRC, the Israeli winery count is over 600 now !

    • talkavino
      September 8, 2010 at 9:46 am

      ouch! I’ll stand corrected – at least I said it is more than 200, so 600 shoudl qualify!
      In any case, please let me know what wine will be on your table tonight! I will report back on mine tomorrow.

  2. September 12, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    A wonderful “Ella Valley Merlot 2005″…

    Followed by one of my favorites: “Recanati Petit-Sirah Zinfandel, Reserve 2006” – http://www.israelwines.co.il/ArticleItem.aspx?id=622

    Cheers !

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