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Posted By GKC On March 1, 2014 @ 9:23 am In Blog | 2 Comments
I didn’t think this event could be bigger or better or include more wines, drinks, and food, but KFWE 2014, did all of those. Thousands of people, winemakers sharing their visions, successes, and love for wine, and restaurants and food trends being tasted. KFWE 2014 was a huge success and Royal Wines  did an amazing job. One of the best parts of the event is meeting up with readers to get to know you in person, sharing wine favorites with other writers and friends, and catching up with fellow bloggers and chefs. So thank you to all of you and I enjoyed my time with you.
Now on to wine! I felt the entire evening was filled with fragrance. Yes, the food smelled great, but I really mean that the wines have become so aromatic; you can almost taste their depth and flavor just by smelling them. My senses were so profoundly pleased. Second, I am thrilled that some of my favorite Israeli wines, Psagot , Tulip , and Flam  (and Napa winery Covenant ) have introduced mevushal wines. Although not always popular, I’m excited about it because it’s much easier to serve them at simchas, and bring them as gifts.
A few others you must check out, Flam , Yatir , and Bazelet . I enjoyed Flam’s Rose, it’s dry and not too sweet and their Classico, is superb. Yatir’s Forest is worth the splurge any day and their Syrah is silky and smooth and pairs with anything from fish and chicken to pasta. I met winemaker Yoav Levi from Bazelet  in the Golan. This is a new winery for me and I was totally impressed. Not only were the wines delicious, but also zesty, dry, and well balanced. And what’s interesting about the wines is that they have a naturally high alcohol content, just above 15%. Now, that’s a Kiddush wine. Both the merlot reserve and cabernet reserve are great wines to try.
I’ve been reading about Shiloh’s  chardonnay (they didn’t have it L but I loved the Barbera. Also, new for me were the 1848 wines . My favorites were the 2009 Reserve (fabulous!), Cabernet Franc and the Merlot. Although I buy it often, I enjoyed the Goose Bay Pinot Noir . This wine has nice hints of cherry and oak and a little spiciness too.
What will they think of and bring for us next year? I love the opportunity to taste and experience wines from around the world all in one place. I love to see the latest and best food trends incorporated into kosher restaurants and chef’s repertoire. KFWE 2014 was wonderful. Please join me next year!
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 Psagot: http://www.psagotwines.com/en/main
 Tulip: http://tulip-winery.co.il/english.html
 Flam: http://www.flamwinery.com/english/
 Covenant: http://www.covenantwines.com
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 Yatir: http://www.yatir.net
 Bazelet: http://www.royalwine.com/wines/wineries/bazelet-ha-golan-winery
 Shiloh’s: http://shilohwinery.com
 1848 wines: http://www.gourmetkoshercooking.com/2011/09/1848-winery/
 Goose Bay Pinot Noir: http://www.royalwine.com/wines/wineries/goose-bay-winery
 Herzog Wine Cellars: http://www.herzogwinecellars.com
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 Texas Roadside Smokehouse: http://www.gotcholent.com/Hakadosh_BBQ.php
 Gemstar catering: http://www.gotcholent.com
 Silverleaf caterers: http://www.silverleafcaterers.com
 Etc. Steakhouse: http://www.etcsteakhouse.com
 Le Marais: http://lemarais.net
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