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The Golan Heights and Galil Mountain Wineries continue to collect international prizes for their series of quality wines:

6 MEDALS WON AT INTERNATIONAL WINE AWARDS:

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The Golan Heights Winery continues to lead the way in the making of fine wines, winning many medals at international wine events including at the prestigious 2014 Mundus Vini awards held in Germany.

The Galil Mountain is recognized for its superb balance between modernity and tradition, truly setting its wines apart and, as a result, achieving global recognition in international competitions, such as at the Mundus Vini awards.

The Mundus Vini competition is considered one of the most prestigious international wine competitions and the most important wineries from across the world participate in it hoping that international wine experts will judge their wines favorably.

The results of the Mundus Vini competition will be formally awarded at the ProWein 2014 trade fair in Dusseldorf, Germany. The Golan Heights &Galil Mountain Wineries participation at the ProWein trade fair has been so frequent in recent years that it has become something of a tradition.

Arnon Harel, marketing manager of the winery said: “It is heartwarming to see that Israeli wines, in general, and the wines of the Golan Heights Winery, in particular, continue to gain international respect and recognition. These awards are for all the people involved in making our wine, from the winemakers andvine growers to all thosewhose love of our wine drives us to continue striving to improve. I promise, that as Israel’sleading winery, we will continue to represent the Israeli wine industry with both respect and honor. Furthermore, we will continue to encourage and enhanceIsrael’s local wine culture both at home and abroad.”

 

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Top 5 Iphone Apps for Wine Lovers

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What I would consider like the TOP 5 of Iphone Apps every wine lovers should own !!

1/ Vivino Wine Scanner : Full of info, you can scan your bottle label and access to info and reviews , rate and see others rating .. and cherry on the cake : it’s FREE : Awesome !

2/ Hello Vino : Also Free , helps you choosing a wine depending on taste, type , variety, or even your meal or occasion !

3/ Pair it : £2.99 , Excellent app for pairing advices ! you can find every variety, grape !

4/ Snooth : Free , Perfectly built app , complete , loads if info , if you are fan of there website then this app if for you !

5/ The Wine-searcher app : Free. Last but not Least ! Best apps to compare prices on the market !

What apps would you add ?

Christmas Pairing

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It will be Christmas soon !

So we are all getting ready : Presents, Santa costume, decoration, beautiful christmas tree … And if you are the lucky one to host your guests this christmas, than you already start worrying about food and wine !

Not only which food, but with which wine ? Don’t worry, It’s not big deal : Have a look below and you will find exactly how you can pair your delicious turkey or your roasted beef with a sumptuous wine 😉

Recipe N#1 : Turkey 

Good news : Turkey dishes can be enjoy with both Red and White wine ! Easy isn’t it 😉 . It really depends on what your guests prefer. So, I would recommend to serve it with a Pinot Noir as a red wine and a delicate Chardonnay as a white wine.

Italian Style Turkey crown with roast garlic & pancetta & lemon ciabatta stuffing 

Recipe N#2 : Goose

A Gewurztraminer ! A bolder choice still for Christmas. Obviously it’s not to everyone’s taste but if you serve a slightly spicy stuffing, especially one that contains dried fruits and/or ginger it would make a great match. Again look for a top quality wine with some intensity from Alsace or New Zealand which is making some great examples 

Gordon’s Christmas Goose

Recipe N#3 : Duck

Again, the Pinot Noir will be the perfect match . The common factor is that duck is a fatty meat that tends to need a wine with some sharpness and acidity to cut through and some ripe fruit to contrast with the rich flesh (duck is often cooked with fruit).

Tender Duck Pineapple and Red Curry

Recipe N#4 : Beef

For any beef in sauce, the Syrah (also Called Shiraz) will do the trick ! I can recommend a Yarden Syrah : Full-Bodied , Classic smoky, blackberry and earthy characters of Syrah.

Roast Beef with french oignons

Recipe N#5 : Fish

Pair it with a delightful Sauvignon Blanc or a Chardonnay and your guests will be stunned ! But, be careful not to choose a too fruity one .

Simple Roasted Salmon

All the recipes come from bbcgoodfood.com , simply cause i love the fact that every recipe is well described, you have indication in case one of your guest is allergic to anything, and you also have a rating from people ! Amazing food website !

Champagne Laurent Perrier Rose Brut

Winery : Laurent Perrier
Bottle Size : 750 ml
Region : France
Style : Champagne
Mevushal : No
Supervision : Orthodox Union
Kosher for Passover : Yes
Alc / Vol : 12%
Tasting Note :
Subtle, forthright, and very fresh on the nose. Cuvée Rosé Laurent-Perrier suggests a basketful of small berry fruits: strawberries, raspberries, blackcurrants, blackberries, redcurrants, and morello and black cherries. The overwhelming sensation is one of freshness. Fruit dominates the palate. Cuvée Rosé Laurent-Perrier is a lively, well-rounded wine which combines structure and freshness. The forthright, slightly sharp attack is like breathing the heady aromas of a freshly-picked basket of berry fruits – a symphony of aromas with a gently-rounded, tender finish.

Serving Suggestion :

To be paired with country ham, grilled oregano lemon lamb chops.

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Pairing Spaghetti Carbonara

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I do love Spaghetti Carbonara ! And I do love wines,Obviously !!!!!

I love this recipe cause it’s easy to make, delicious and it’s done very very fast which is perfect when you come back from a hard day at work or you’re just not in the mood for something too complicated !

Basically, for those who don’t know this recipe , it’s pasta, slab bacon, and a sauce made with creme fraiche and eggs . Check the recipe here 😉

There is the list of red wines which are pairing this delicious recipe perfectly …

A Chianti such as Bartenura cause it displays a fruity bouquet of cherries and fresh red fruit entwined with spicy, peppery notes. This wine is lively and fresh on the palate, with soft, rounded tannins followed by a long finish.

A Pinot Grigio such as Herzog Pinot Grigio cause it has a perfect balance, of acidity and incredible aromas, it has wonderful perfume notes on the nose, followed by ripe pear, apple and tropical fruit notes, light in body, with a clean and elegant finish, this wine is perfect for summer time, sipping, or as an accompaniment to cheese plates or light pasta dishes, serve chilled.

A Barbera such as Galil Barbera cause it opens with a quiet nose but going on to reveal a generous array of berries, black cherries, purple plums and spring flowers. Tannins and oak rise along with a hint of bitter almonds on the finish, so give this one a bit of time for its elements to come together.

A Pinot Noir such as Borgo Reale Pinot Noir cause the color is an intense red, but it is on the nose that the uniqueness of this wine comes out. You can feel sweet notes of berries and cassis, yet a warm sensation. The palate is elegant, harmonious and well structured. Essential for special occasions and to be enjoyed on its own.

A Petit Syrah such as Barkan Classic Petite Syrah cause it’s a lighter-styled Petite Syrah is a fantastic value. It features bright plum and berry flavors as well as classic aromas of black pepper and forest floor.

Buon Appetito

AUSTRALIA : Kangaroos, koalas & Wines !

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Australia is very well known by young globe trotters for fun, working holidays and all the beautiful and amazing landscape !

But since few years now, Australia is becoming famous for wines !

Let me introduce you to the most important australian wine regions : 8 to be precise ! you will find there the oldest Shiraz Region, great pinot noir and more ….

Hunter Valley 

About 2 Hours’ drive from Sydney, The Hunter Valley is the oldest wine region in Australia : The first vines were planted in 1820. The Hunter Valley Semillon is the main grape variety of the region, but the Hunter also produces wine from a wide variety of grapes including Shiraz, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Verdelho.

Barossa Valley 

The magic of Barossa Valley’s world-acclaimed wines lies in the diversity of its growing conditions. The Eden Valley produces distinctive cool-climate wine varieties; while the region’s flagship shiraz is grown in the warmer, low-lying areas. Jacob’s Creek was the Barossa Valley’s first commercial vineyard and one of the oldest in the region. Penfolds and Seppeltsfield are other iconic Australian wine names found in the Barossa Valley.

Clare Valley 

The Clare Valley’s Mediterranean-style climate is ideal for the production of high quality Riesling, Chardonnay, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Semillon and Merlot grapes. It is best known for its Riesling wines, and is often called the home of Australian Riesling by the way.

Mc Laren Vale 

McLaren Vale’s Mediterranean climate has created ideal conditions for grape-growing. Shiraz is the most important variety grown in the region, accounting for about half of the area’s production. The climate and soil produce intense flavoured fruit and wine with a deep purple colour that can last decades in the bottle. The region also specialises in chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon and grenache, as well as merlot, sauvignon blanc and riesling. In between tastings, meet the winemakers or take a guided behind-the-scenes tour.

Mornington Peninsula 

The natural topography and mild climate of the region is well suited to wine growing. Many of the vineyards and cellar doors are clustered around Red Hill, Merricks, Balnarring, Moorooduc, Shoreham and Main Ridge. Pinot noir and chardonnay are the hallmark varieties of the region.

Yarra Valley 

The region is renowned for producing Australia’s finest pinot noir and sparkling wine, along with a range of other cool-climate wines.

Margaret River

Margaret River produces some of Australia’s best cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, semillon, sauvignon blanc, merlot and shiraz wines.

Swan Valley 

Many of the 40 wineries from the Swan Valley are small, family operations, where you can chat to the grandchildren of the Croatian and Italian migrants who founded the region in the 1920s. Others are international labels with vast vineyards and state-of-the-art cellars. Swan Valley specialises in verdelho, chenin blanc, chardonnay, shiraz and cabernet varieties and is also renowned for its fortified wines.

READ MORE : http://www.swanvalley.com.au/Home , http://www.visityarravalley.com.au/http://www.barossa.com/wine

Marquis de Greyssac

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Soil type : Clay-limestone with areas of sand and «boulbènes».

Vinification : Traditional Bordeaux Wine-making,Yield Mastering, Polyphénol Analysis, Temperature Mastered, Pneumatic pressing. Ageing in stainless steel vats during 6 months before bottling. Storage in temperature-controlled cellars before commercialization.

Tasting Note : A deep, burgundy colour – Powerful, generous nose dominated by aromas of red fruits – Well-rounded on the palate. Smooth tannins assuage the wine’s power, bringing suppleness and elegance.

Serving suggestions : Best served at 15/17° C. Its flavour is particularly well suited to main course dishes such as red meat and spicy dishes. Serve with a Bordeaux-style steak for a more classic combination.

Type : Bordeaux rouge

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Le Petit Cabestang

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Since 2006, in the same area as Bordeaux wines, Vin de Pays de l’Atlantique has been allowed to be produced.

Soil type : Limestone-clay plateau with southern exposure

Vinification : This Cuvee, classified in the appellation Vin de Pays de l’Atlantique, is produced on chalky plots on the shores of the Garonne. The average age of the vineyard is 20 years. This wine has been elaborated from the varietal which has been discovered in Bordeaux only 200 years ago: the Merlot.

Tasting Note : This varietal has been selected for this Cuvee for its different assets : «finesse» and elegance, a nice roundness, a great aromatic red fruit palet.

Serving suggestions : Le Petit Cabestang goes well with beef, lamb, and duck. You can serve it with dishes like roast leg of lamb, and Sole sauce. It also tastes good with grilled turkey. Camembert, Brie and Roquefort cheeses are good accompaniments as well. Type : Merlot Réserve, Cabernet Sauvignon Réserve, Cabernet

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Castel de Fronjac

Castel De Fronjac 2012 
The regional denomination Vin de pays de l’Atlantique exists since 2006. It includes the reds, rosés and the whites ones. This designation is an addition to the range of the AOC Bordeaux. The great soils of South West France enjoy a warm climate and also moisture which cool the vineyard and give strong flavors of the lands of Aquitaine and of the Back Country Land, as the Périgord.The varietal, for red and rosé wines are mainly merlot, cabernet sauvignon and syrah, and chardonnay for the whites.
Tasting Note : Bunches of spiced and rounded savors with hints of red fruits acidulated for reds and rosés, and floral aromas and vanilla for whites.

Serving suggestions : Barbecue, salads, pasta, pizzas, delicatessen, white meat

Type : Merlot Réserve, Cabernet Sauvignon Réserve, Cabernet Rosé, Chardonnay

What do I think : Very good wine and a bargain for the taste : £9.99

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FRANCE : Bordeaux

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Bordeaux … Everybody knows what the city of Bordeaux means, right ? : It means World Most Famous Wines …

(And delicious food but it’s not our deal today!)

Let me introduce you to this beautiful region :

REGION : 
The major reason for the success of winemaking in the Bordeaux region is the excellent environment for growing vines. The geological foundation of the region is limestone, leading to a soil structure that is heavy in calcium. The Gironde estuary dominates the regions along with its tributaries, the Garonne and the Dordogne rivers, and together irrigate the land and provide an Atlantic Climate, also known as an oceanic climate, for the region.

These rivers define the main geographical subdivisions of the region:

– “The right bank”, situated on the right bank of Dordogne, in the northern parts of the region, around the city of Libourne.

– “Entre-deux-mers”, French for “between two seas”, the area between the rivers Dordogne and Garonne, in the centre of the region.

– “The left bank”, situated on the left bank of Garonne, in the west and south of the region, around the city of Bordeaux itself. The left bank is further subdivided into: Graves, the area upstream of the city Bordeaux.

– “Médoc” , the area downstream of the city Bordeaux, situated on a peninsula between Gironde and the Atlantic.

SOIL :
The soil of Bordeaux is composed of gravel, sandy stone, and clay. The region’s best vineyards are located on the well-drained gravel soils that are frequently found near the Gironde river. An old adage in Bordeaux is the best estates can “see the river” from their vineyards. The majority of land facing riverward is occupied by classified estates.

GRAPES :

– Red Grapes :

MERLOT
Early-ripening Merlot is the most widely-planted grape variety in Bordeaux. It expresses its full potential on cool soils, producing smooth wines with a great deal of colour, roasted aromas, and flavours reminiscent of red fruit (such as plums) and figs after ageing in bottle for several years.

CABERNET SAUVIGNON
Cabernet Sauvignon is a traditional late-ripening local variety. The gravely soil of the Left Bank provides the necessary warmth for optimum ripening. This grape variety contributes structure to the wines as well as hearty tannins and a flavour profile including liquorice, black fruit (such as blackcurrant), and elegant aromas of forest floor with age.

CABERNET FRANC
Cabernet Franc ripens earlier than Cabernet Sauvignon. It is an excellent complementary grape variety that rarely makes up the majority of the final blend. It adds freshness, finesse, and aromatic complexity as well as hints of raspberry and violet.

– White Grape : 

SAUVIGNON BLANC
Sauvignon Blanc, except in rare instances, is the most important variety for dry white wines. It provides the wines with the necessary acidity as well as minerality, aromatic freshness, and varietal aromas, such as citrus, boxwood, and fig leaves.

SEMILLON
Sémillon is the main grape variety for semi-sweet and sweet white wines and is almost always a component of dry white wines as well. It contributes roundness, richness, and apricot and honey aromas. When affected by «noble rot», it develops an inimitable bouquet.

MUSCADELLE
Muscadelle, which plays a secondary role in the blend for both dry and sweet white wines (generally no more than 10%), is a fragile but very interesting variety with musky floral overtones.

Best Vintages EVER :
2000 – 2005 – 2009 – 2010

LEARN MORE : Read our reviews on those bordeaux wines in our website or in the ” What’s new” category or visit their website for full info http://www.bordeaux.com/uk/wines/selection