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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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A bit of History

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Israeli- Iranian Vino Ties

All those celebrating Purim are familiar with the storyof the Persians (modern day Iran) who tried to destroy the Jewish people. Providing a twist on the traditional tale, Rachel Stern Siegman investigates how wine once united Ancient Iran and Israel, and gives suggestions as to how your wine choice can reflect these ancient vino-loving cultures.

Shared Historic Roots

It has long been said that the earliest origins of wine date back to the Middle East. As the legend goes, a Persian princess who was part of the king’s harem was depressed after losing favor with the king. As her depression culminated she desired to take her own life, and went out to the garden in search of the means. Blue cracked berries caught her eye and she quickly snatched up a fistful of, what she believed to be poisonous fruit. As luck would have it, these blue cracked berries were really fermented grapes, and rather than take her life, it lifted the princess’ depression. Once in better spirits she gained favor with the king, and the widespread fermentation of wine began.

Persia began to expand its wine making abilities, cultivating the popular Syrah, otherwise known as Shiraz, grapes that were likely named after the Persian city of Shiraz.Over the border ancient Canaan, or modern day Israel, too began to reap the benefits of its superior wine making abilities. Many believe that Chardonnay originated in Israel before making its way to Europe. In the midst of his departure back to Europe, a crusader noticed an interesting vine, and jumped off his horse to snatch it. Upon return home, the grapes were termed “Sha’arAdoni”, Gate of G-d, after the land in which the vine was first spotted. Due to common vernacular, Sha’arAdoni became “Chardonnay”.

Winemaking flourished in the Second Temple period and the historian Josephus Flavius (37 C.E – 95 C.E) wrote of the Galilee, in the north, as producing “fruits in a wondrous manner.” He described the vine and the fig as “the kings of all the fruit trees” and to this day, archeological ruins of wine presses are found scattered across Northern Israel, Israel’s winemaking capital.

Up a camel shaped cliff nestled in the hills of the Golan Heights,lie ruins of the city of Gamla. This ancient townwasa Jewish cosmopolitan hub, particularly famous for its lush vineyards. The wine and olive oil pressesof this once thriving city can still be explored today.

During the rule of the Ottoman Empire, all winemaking in the reigning areas was strictly abolished and vineyards were utterly destroyed. Therefore, despite the fact that many wine varieties may have originated in Middle Eastern states, such as Iran and Israel, every contemporary Israeli winery had to begin the entire process of winemaking, including cultivating the land, anew.

 

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With the resurrection of Israel’s flourishing wine industry, this Purim it is possible to return to wine’s ancient Middle Eastern roots. The Megilah describes Achashvarush’s boisterous, lavish feasts in great detail, and our sages teach us that the Persian king drank out of vessels brought from Israel.Celebratethis year like the kings of yore by choosing winesfrom the ancient wine region, Israel.

Persians and Canaanites were known to have favored sweet wines.  One such wine is the Yarden Muscat, whose grapes are grown in the southern heights of the Golan region, is considered to be one of the most popular and beloved sweet wines in the marketplace. Those who are looking for a rich, sweet red wine should fill their glass with the Yarden T2, a fortified port winestyle whose festive taste can transport drinkers back to the original Seudot the Megilah describes.

To truly experience a wine which fully tells the story of its place of origin, one should turn to the superior quality single vineyard wines produced in Israel. Single vineyard wines would have been most commonplace in Ancient Israel as the winepress was generally located near, or within, the individual vineyards, avoiding the unnecessary transportation of ripe fruit. Note a single vineyard wine by the presence of the vineyard’s name on its label.

The Yarden Chardonnay Odem is an example of an excellent Israeli single vintage white wine that has received international acclaim. This wine won the Vinitaly Grand Gold Medal for its superior quality and is a true testament to just how far Israel has come since the Persians planned to obliterate us.Additional premium Israeli single vineyard wines include Yarden Cabernet Sauvignon Yonatan, Yarden Merlot Kela, and Yarden Syrah Avital.

New to the beloved Gamla series, whose name is reminiscent of the historic town that once stood, is the Gamla Rosé Syrah, an impeccable accompaniment to any festive Purim Seuda. The Gamla Rosé Syrah is a delicious fruity, young wine, launched now for the first time, perfect for Purim. It has an aromatic mix of strawberry, cherry and watermelon and its light pink sparkle only addsto the celebration.

This Purim festively commemorate the miracles of the time and the historical ties that once were. Midst the jubilation of good company, pop open a bottle straight from the Holy Land. As the seats at the seuda fill up, celebrate the Jewish-Persian relationship in the most authentic manner, simply with aL’chaim.

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Johnnie Walkers’ Whiskies are divided in 6 Labels. Each labels claim their own qualities but which ones exactly ?

1/ RED LABEL : The Best For Mix

Made of : combination of light whiskies from Scotland’s east coast and dark, peaty whiskies from the west coast, created a blend with an extraordinary depth of flavour.

Taste : it bursts onto the palate with the freshness of spray from a crashing wave, followed by the zing of aromatic spices and finally a long, lingering, smoky finish. The sensation in the mouth is complex – ‘sweet chilli’ is a good description of this taste and the tingling sensation on the tongue.

2/ BLACK LABEL : On rocs for braves !

Made of : this label has the luxury of having exclusive access to Scotland’s very best whiskies, ranging from the powerful west coast malts all the way to the more subtle east coast flavours

Taste : Rich dried fruits from the European oak sherry casks. Hints of smooth creamy toffee linger on the tip of your tongue. A sophisticated, smoky finish – the signature of all Johnnie Walker blends.

3/ DOUBLE BLACK LABEL : The Black one but more INTENSE

Made of : The Double Black is created in the style of The Black Label but with a rich, more intense, smokier flavour.

Taste : full bodied and complex with the Johnnie Walker Signature peat smoke shining brightly through rich raisins and sultanas. Apples, pears and orange zest bring freshness while creamy vanilla and spice bring a softness and sweetness to the tongue. The long warming finish combines spicy oak tannins and lingering smoke.

4/ GOLD LABEL RESERVE : The Smooth one

Made of : Marvellous prized casks from selected reserves – each matured to perfection – to create a bold blend of intense flavours which is every bit as luxurious and indulgent as its name suggests.

Taste : Smooth balance of sweet fruits and creaminess that evolves into deeper honeyed tones before finishing in lingering waves of wood, fruit and light, sweet West-coast smoke.

5/ PLATINUM LABEL : The 18 Year Old Sophisticated blend 😉

Made of : a limited number of casks, carefully chosen and retained throughout their maturation because of their exceptional character. It is an intense, smooth and subtly smoky blend, crafted from Single Malt and Grain Whiskies, each matured to perfection for a minimum of 18 years.

Taste : stewed fruit, malty cereal, smooth creamy vanilla, fragrant, almonds and tangerines give it its waxy, fruity and sweet taste mixed with slight drying astringency with subtle smokiness.

6/ BLUE LABEL : The Ultimate Luxury !

Made of : The casks are hand-selected and set aside for their exceptional quality, character and flavour. They are truly special, with only 1 in 10,000 containing whisky of sufficient character to deliver its remarkably smooth signature taste.

Taste : heaven ! No seriously : Layers of big flavour, deep richness and smoke, layers of honey and fruit and an incredibly smooth finish deliver the truly rare character

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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 ?

Glencadam

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A bit of History :

Glencadam first opened in 1825, in the ancient city of Brechin. This was the year that the first horse-drawn omnibuses were established in London, the world’s first modern railway opened, with the first public train pulled by steam engine, Cox’s Orange Pippin apples were first grown and London became the largest city in the world, over-taking Beijing. It was little more than one year after the Excise Act of 1823 legalised distilling.

Glencadam is now the only distillery in the county of Angus, an area of the Highlands region of Scotland. The first owner was a “Mr Cooper”, who sold the distillery in 1827. The name “Glencadam” comes from the area known as “The Tenements of Caldhame”. These were plots of ground given to the burghs of Brechin for food production. They were situated to the north and south east of the Den Burn where the distillery stands.

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Distillery : Glencadam
Region : Highland
House Style : Smoothness, richness
Bottle Size : 70 cl
Body :    Full Bodied
Colour : Warm amber.
Tasting Note : 
Nose: Buttery and sweet with notes of tropical fruits, citrus, marmalade, toast and custard.
Palate: Spicy and tingling on the tongue with oak-led spices, vanilla, cinnamon and allspice, creamy pineapple and hints of coconut alongside toasted
barley.
Finish: Good length with some oaky dryness and tropical fruit

Longrow 14 Year Old Sherry Cask

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Distillery : Springbank
Region : Campbeltown
House Style : Light, Lemon grassy, herbal.
Body : Smooth, slightly oily.
Colour : Honey-gold.

Tasting Note

Nose : notes of cut hay and earthen roots, a little dried grass, cereals and malted barley. There is a certain freshness present and a very subtle smoke develops.

Palate : quite thick and sweet. There are plenty of rich cereal notes, barley and just a hint of peat. The faintest wisp of smoke tapers up with a little malt extract. The oak develops a bit with pepper and spice.
Finish : long with the peppery oaked tannins proffering ample staying power.

Vol : 46%

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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MASSIVE EVENT

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THE KOSHER WINE FESTIVAL 2013

TASTE SOME OF THE MOST PRESTIGIOUS KOSHER WINES, ENHANCED BY AN OUTSTANDING BUFFET …

Tuesday 17th of December
From 7:00 pm to 10:30 PM
Flash Sales at amazing prices, Voucher to use online
With Yarden Golan Heights Winery , Tekwine , IDS Winery , Yarden , Gamla, Galil Mountain and more ….

Meet me there  !

Jess – The Wine Cellar

More info / booking tickets : www.thekosherwinefestival.co.uk

Marquis de Greyssac

Marquis de Greyssac

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

LE PETIT CABESTANG 2012

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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