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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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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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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  • Dalton Winery

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

  • Rimon Winery

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

  • Golan Heights Winery

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

  • Saslove

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

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  • Tishbi Estate Shiraz 2010


    This wine was so disappointing that I can't rule out the possibility it was just this bottle. No bouquet, acidic and bitter, no body. Tasted more like stagnant water than anything else. Once again, so bad that it may be just one damaged bottle. Won't give it a second chance though. Read More

    Wine review by PeyoNYC

  • Yarden Merlot 2007


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    Wine review by felix 1961

  • Golan Heights Winery Chardonnay Golan Heights Yarden Kosher 2007


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    Wine review by docrobert

  • Barkan Merlot Supérieur 2004


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    Wine review by drHannah

  • Tabor Hill Cherry


    I had the pleasure of sampling Tabor Hill's Michigan Cherry wine while visiting the Tabor Hill Wine Shop in Saugatuck, MI. I fell in love instantly. I bought 2 bottles that day, but can't seem to find it anywhere locally. I shall be checking their site to see if I can order a case. I highly recommend it; it's a real treat to the senses. Read More

    Wine review by LadyGG

  • Gamla Cabernet Sauvignon 2006


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    Wine review by Teppo

  • Golan Heights Winery Moscato 2010


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    Wine review by LifeNavigator

  • Galil Mountain Winery Viognier 2007


    The best way to describe this is tranquil and serene. This mellow white is in a constant state of zen like a dude in isolation in Nepal. It speaks to me and says "I'm not gonna WOW you with any overpowering fancy pants technique". "I am going to just let you enjoy this glass and keep you happy." Read More

    Wine review by aronowm2

  • Golan Heights Winery Chardonnay Golan Heights Yarden Kosher 2006


    excellent versatile summer white to drink ice cold on a hot day. it's just as refreshing and thirst quenching as unsweetened iced tea except it gives you a great buzz. I paired this with chicken apple sausage and a lipton chicken flavored pasta side. Read More

    Wine review by aronowm2

  • Galil Yiron Red 2005


    Yiron is considered as the best value for money of Israeli wines, and this one (2005) definitely the best ever for Yiron (better than the 2003). Read More

    Wine review by oronp

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