Israel has been a prime player in the quality kosher wine revolution. But most of the best Israeli wines have been Cabernet Sauvignon-based wines. While “Cab is king”, a little variety is always nice. Domaine Netofa is a new winery founded by the traveling kosher winemaker Pierre Miodownick. The first wine released by Netofa is a blend of Syrah and Mourvedre - a fruity, food-friendly winner! Rosé is a great Succos wine, given that is has the flavors to hold up to lots of food and is intended to be served chilled – perfect for an afternoon in the succah. From the Yogev line is the new Malbec/Carignan Rosé with its deep pink color and expressive notes of red berries and lavender. Barkan has released a new blend; the Barkan Classic Merlot/Argaman. Argaman is indigenous to Israel and Israeli vintners are figuring out the best way to use the grape. This is a medium-bodied blend and a welcome addition to the well-priced Barkan Classic line. Finally, from Shiloh, a boutique winery that has previously released the cult favorite “Secret” Cabernet, come two new 100% varietal wines. The Shiloh Barbera has expressive fruit and a mouth-watering acidity while the Shiloh Petite Sirah is a dark wine with gripping tannins and a full body.
Not to be left out of the new wine party, California wineries are also constantly looking to keep Cali wine lovers happy with new and exciting products. The newly released Baron Herzog Pinot Grigio is Herzog Wine Cellar’s answer to the easy drinking white wine made famous in Italy. My sources tell me however that many new exciting wines are on the horizon as Herzog Reserve is getting ready to add to its already impressive line of premium wines with a new To Kalon wine, a wine from Sonoma’s famed Trestle Glen Vineyard, and a wine from Napa’s famed Mt Veeder.
Whatever the country and no matter the grape, this Yom Tov season make sure to take advantage of the bounty of new wines available on the market. Your taste buds won’t be disappointed!
Gary Landsman, AKA the “Wine Tasting Guy”, makes, sells, writes about and of course tastes wine. Presently doing PR/Marketing work for Royal Wines, you can contact Gary with any wine related questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.