Wine For The Holidays From Yarden Wines of Israel
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It may surprise many people that Israel not only produces wine, but offers award winning wines.
Over the past twenty-five years, wineries across Israel have achieved quality winemaking via their unique, ancient soils and a spirit of innovation.
The Golan Heights Winery, which produces both Golan and Yarden wines, and the Galil Mountain Winery are both found in northern Israel. These wineries led the pioneering trend in Israeli winemaking found today.
The Golan Heights Winery was founded in 1983 and located in the small town of Katzrin. The region’s with warm, dry summers and cold, snowy winters make it ideal for growing grapes. Both the topographic and climatic conditions in the Golan Heights are viewed as a rare asset by wine experts in Israel and abroad. These factors contribute to a wide range of quality winemaking styles.
Galil Mountain Winery was founded in 2000 and sits atop the Upper Galilee mountains,over 3,280 feet above sea level. This innovatively designed winery is fully committed to revitalize the Galilee’s rich history of winemaking.
We’d like to present three classic wines from the impressive Yarden Wine portfolio.
1) Golan Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 – Made entirely from Cabernet Sauvignon grapes grown in vineyards from the Golan Heights region, the Golan Cabernet Sauvignon ($14.99) is aged for six months in small American oak barrels. The wine features attractive fruit notes of black cherry, berry and jam, complemented by hints of fresh pepper and complex oak. This is a perfect Cabernet for everyday drinking.
2) Golan Heights Winery Yarden Syrah 2005 – The Syrah grapes are sourced from three vineyards: Ortal in the northern Golan and Yonatan and Tel Phares in the central Golan. The Yarden Syrah 2005 ($25.00) is rich with blackberry jam and fresh berry notes layered with earth, spice and chocolate. The wine is full-bodied with a lightly chewy texture and pairs perfectly with richly spiced foods.
3) Galil Mountain Winery Viognier 2008 – Sourced from the higher elevations of the Upper Galilee, the Galil Viognier ($18.00) is a flavorful wine with characters of apricot, ripe nectarine and invigorating perfume, along with fresh herbal aromas and a delicate background of oak. It is a medium-bodied wine with a silky texture and long, balanced finish.
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