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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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  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

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  • Golan Heights Winery

    By combining state of the art technology with traditional vinification techniques, the company ha...

  • Rimon Winery

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

  • Dalton Winery

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

  • Israeli Wine Direct

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

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Galilee on Snooth

  • Recanati Yasmin Red 2014

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    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

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    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

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

    Wine review by cin63


  • Yarden Gewurztraminer 2013

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    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


  • Welcome Galilee,Duncan will probably chime in. He's a Londoner if I recall.  Forum is pretty quiet right now!   Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Welcome Galilee.  We do have some correspondents, here, who reside in the UK (I am not.) and might be able to help you.  It might be helpful, though, if you let them know more precisely where you reside.  It is a fairly big geography.  On the other hand, more and more purchasing is done on-line, lately, and you can do that from, pretty much, any... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Welcome, DRN!Depending on your budget, you should try to get ahold of some ... ... Golan Heights, as well as Galilee, over the years during several visits.Will give you some other pointers when I have time to write them. Am out the door starting a business trip right now.Good wine there--plenty to explore and hunt for, and enjo Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hi. New here.


  • Recanati Chardonnay Kosher 2011

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    not the best at room temp, but; much better chilled exhibiting a more flavorful wine. kosher wines tend to be too sweet. this quvee when chilled takes on a nice pleasant not too sweet flavor. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Golan Heights Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Golan Heights Gamla Kosher 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by mark


  • Golan Heights Winery Pinot Noir Golan Heights Yarden Kosher 2007

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    Super over oaked. Read More

    Wine review by jfgrossen


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