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Snooth User: Benzibar

Pomegranate wine? From Israel???

Posted by Benzibar, Apr 5, 2010.

Ok, so I've just ordered a crate of the new Rimon pomegranate wine from Israel! Details here:

Apparently it's "an elegant wine with a beautiful deep reddish-purple colour and a unique bouquet of rich pomegranate and floral aromas. It has flavours of cherries with a faint hint of black peppers and a well-balanced, soft finish. It pairs well with Italian cuisine and other full flavoured foods."

Has anyone else here had any experience of this wine or something similar? Or am I putting my tastebuds on the line for the sake of my fellow Snoothers?


Reply by dmcker, Apr 5, 2010.

Hey, just think you're drinking healthy (especially good for females). Let us have some tasting notes once they've arrived and you've tried some. I, for one, am curious...

Reply by zufrieden, Apr 5, 2010.

I love pomegranates and pomegranate juice so it seems a reasonable progression to move on to some sort of fermented concoction - which I'm sure has been tried before - probably in Persia prior to the Arab conquest.

I'm not familiar with this Israeli product but will ask around...

Reply by amour, Apr 5, 2010.

I looked at Pomegranate wine in my PUBLIX supermarket a few days ago and wondered about it!!!!

Reply by Benzibar, Apr 6, 2010.

Needless to say I will put my tasting notes on here as soon as I pop open a bottle!

I have to say that the tasting note did make me chuckle: "a unique bouquet of rich pomegranate". Isn't this like saying that regular wine tastes of grapes???

Reply by dmcker, Apr 6, 2010.

What I found funny was this serving suggestion:

"Serving: This Cabernet Sauvignon has a natural affinity for juicy and succulent roasted lamb. Ideal serving temperature 16°C."

Didn't know they had that varietal of pomegranate. Maybe Persephone whiled away those long winter months down in Hades doing some genetic hybriding... ;-)


And Amour, you might be interested in this other product from the fruit, elsewhere on their website:


Locked within the seeds of the pomegranate are many compounds that can fight free radicals and help stall the effects of aging. Pomegranate seed oil is rich in antioxidants, fatty acids and gentle phytoestrogens that work synergistically to help revitalize the skin, resolve fine wrinkles and soothe minor skin irritations.
Pomegranate is one of the only plant sources of conjugated fatty acids and, in particular, punicic acid locked within the seeds of the pomegranate is rare compounds that can fight free radicals and help stall the effects of aging.

Pomegranate seed oil possesses natural estrogenic properties that can help revitalize your skin, resolve fine wrinkles, and help you look and feel more youthful.

According to research recently conducted on pomegranate seed oil by the University of California and the Technion Institute of Technology in Israel, pomegranates neutralize free radicals three times more than green tea or red wine. According to the study, “If consumed daily, the powerful antioxidants in pomegranates may help to combat cancer and may also prevent hardening of the arteries.”



Perhaps this could be another product for the spa at your resort down near Musique.

And it looks like pomegranate wine may just be better for you than olkskool red from grapes.... ;-)

Reply by dmcker, Apr 6, 2010.

Might as well include the last paragraph of the blurb:

The Pomegranates contain around 600 seeds in each fruit. After juicing, the seeds are dried and cold-pressed for the oil, it takes around 100 pomegranates to produce 1kg of seed and it takes around 7kg of seed to produce 1liter of oil. Pomegranate seed oil has a beautiful golden clarity and a pleasing, nutty scent.

Before reading this I was trying to imagine how many pomegranates it would take to make a bottle of wine. Now I'm even more impressed by the number to go into one of those creatively shaped little bottles of oil. That's a lot of pomegranates. Wonder how often the ancient Persian emperors had this all done by hand....

Reply by Benzibar, Apr 6, 2010.

Presumably they had 100 virgin priestesses doing it for them. £39.95 for 15ml! That's £2,600 per liter (or $112 per fl oz)!

Talking about strange wines, has anyone tried the 0.5% Muscat from Torres? Here it is:

Actually sounds quite nice (if you believe the tasting notes). But would you ever drink it? Good for the designated driver I guess!

Reply by alavaughn, Apr 8, 2010.

I tasted a pomegranate dessert wine the other day.  I admit, I had to be talked into it.  The idea of it sounded horrible, but it was delicious!  Juicy, enough acid, a little earthyness...  I was pleasantly surprised.

Reply by dmcker, Apr 8, 2010.

In those days and that locale, Benzibar, I greatly doubt the priestesses were virgins...

Plenty of good muscats in Spain and elsewhere in the Mediterranean (esp. Greece). So what if the alcohol is low (and it's not very high at all in a good Trockenbeerenauslese or esp. Tokaji) if the drinking experience is orgasmic? Although the Torres version looks to be something along the lines of a wine version of a nearbeer.... ;-(

Can we look forward to your tasting notes on it?

Reply by Benzibar, Apr 8, 2010.

I consider it my honour and duty!

Reply by amour, Apr 10, 2010.

Thanks dmcker...really busy at work and at play !

Reply by israeliwineguy, Sep 22, 2010.

the Pomegranate wines I've tried including Rimon (which is Hebrew for Pomegranate and sold at almost fruit stand in Israel) tends to make much better semi-dry and dessert wines than dry wines

the bold flavor of the fruit seems to lack the nuance and balance that one might seek out in a better dry wine and even though dessert wines can excel showing nuance, complexity and balance they (or the drinker) can be more forgiving in a sweeter offering

a second Pomegranate Israeli winery, Gardena, has sprung up as well and were at the Jerusalem Wine Festival held every summer (July or August) at the Israel Museum (one of the world's most amazing art museums and the Shrine of the Book (the depository for the Dead Sea Scrolls)

David Rhodes

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