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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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  • Pinot Noir

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

  • 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...

  • Syrah

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Merlot

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

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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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