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Wine has been made in Israel since Biblical times. As civilizations grew in the Middle East, Israeli wine production was a part of the commercial enterprise. But the wines were never considered top quality. Some of the earliest wines were doctored with added herbs, spices, honey, and other botanicals to make them palatable. By the Roman era, the Israeli wine that was consumed was so sweet and thick, no one knew whether to drink it, eat it, or use it as mortar. When the Muslims arrived in the land and decreed a prohibition that ended up lasting nearly 1,200 years, it’s not as though anyone was waxing nostalgic for the Israeli wine their bubbe used to make. 
It wasn’t until the late 1800s when Jews returned to the land and Baron de Rothschild established Carmel winery in what is now the Shomron region. However, the wines still had a long way to go before a more refined style was produced. When Israel was officially recognized in 1948, waves of immigrants brought with Read more »

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  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

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  • Israeli Wine Direct

    Introducing Americans to outstanding wines and wine makers from small premium wineries in Israel,...

  • Rimon Winery

    Rimon Winery is owned and operated by the Nachmias family, a third generation farming family who ...

  • Saslove

    Saslove Winery is a family boutique winery founded in 1998 by Barry Saslove, who is among the lea...

  • Dalton Winery

    The Dalton Winery is set in the beautiful green, mountainous country of the Upper Galilee, five k...

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  • Carmel Winery Appellation Cabernet Sauvignon 2011


    most Passover wines shall we say are rather drab or too sweet but the wine was just fine, smooth and crisp and ..... not overtly strong for a cab sab. I'm going to get more as i believe it is a well kept secret for the price. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor

  • Givon Cabernet Sauvignon Galil Dry Red 2016


    I found this bottle of wine in the £5 clearance section in my local supermarket and as I had not had an Israeli wine for at least a couple of decades I decided to buy it.It is from the large concern of Barkan and is 100% cabernet sauvignon. I started it last night with my supper of roast beef.There is plenty of a blackcurrant and cherry style fr... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Recanati Chardonnay 2014


    was a very decent, drinkable and flavorful kosher wine for Passover. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor

  • Yarden Mt Hermon Moscato 2014


    No written review

    Wine review by song7

  • Golan Heights Winery Yarden Malbec Galilee 2013


    Dark, syrupy and rich with sticky, herbal licorice and birch bark aromas alongside black currant and cherry fruit. Intriguing and generous palate of blackberry, plum and blueberry fruit with fresh acidity and a dirty, dusty earthiness underlying the fruit and delivering chewy tannins and espresso on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Gamla Cabernet Sauvignon 2012


    I really enjoyed this wine. Purchased in Israel but cannot find it in the US Read More

    Wine review by Lds116

  • Recanati Yasmin Red 2014


    a smidgen rough but than begins to soften to the palate. a reasonable blend that I have found to be the most tasteful this pass over fest. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor

  • Tabor Hill Cherry


    I was looking for a sweet wine for late evenings. I saw Tabor Hills Cherry Wine in my local grocery store and though, "If I don't like it I'm only out a few dollars." Well, let me set the story straight. This wine is fabulous! Reminds me of a wine I used to buy 40 years ago in Door County Wisconsin, but Tabor Hills Cherry has a more robust flavo... Read More

    Wine review by Fred P

  • Golan Cabernet Sauvignon 2011


    Great wine for the price, bold yet smooth with a hint of fruit. Read More

    Wine review by cin63

  • Yarden Gewurztraminer 2013


    not bad, a tad tart, but a better wine for Passover V/S the sweet wines that are the normal fare for the festival. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor

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