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Some of the major supermarket chains are selling wines at promotional
prices of four bottles for NIS 100 shekels, three for NIS 100 and two
for a NIS 100. Furthermore prices in wine shops have never been more
competitive. An ideal situation for the adventurous buyer, looking for
wines for Rosh Hashana. There are some bargains to be had. Below I give
some of my recommendations.
ENTRY LEVEL (Up to NIS 35)
BEST VALUE (NIS 35 – 50)
- Barkan Classic Cabernet Sauvignon 2010Bright, fruity and eay drinking from Barkan Winery, the second largest winery in Israel.
French Riesling 2010Aromatic, light and fruity white wine with delicate
sweetness. Made from a blend of French Colombard and Emerald Riesling.
Sparkling Rose NVSalmon pink sparkling wine, with a delicate berry
aroma, and a touch of sweetness to add to its beautiful color. It should
be served very cold.
BEST QPR (NIS 50 – 90)
- Tabor Shiraz 2010. A deep bright purple colored wine with an aroma
of juicy red spicy fruits and a mouth filling flavor. Made by Tabor
Winery, situated at Kfar Tabor.
- Private Collection Cabernet Merlot 2010. Full fruit flavor of
blackberries and cherries, with hint of vanilla from oak aging. Good
- Binyamina Bin Chardonnay 2010. This is a new style Chardonnay.
Appley rather than buttery, refreshing with good acidity rather than fat
and full bodied.
- Yogev Malbec Carignan Rose 2010. Light, fresh with a nose of red
berries, refreshing acidity. It is made from Malbec and Carignan grapes.
The perfect summer wine.
SPECIAL PURCHASE (NIS 90 – 150
- Carmel Appellation Merlot 2007. Fruit forward aroma of ripe
plums, blueberries and cherries, and well integrated oak flavors. This
is the one with a cartoon camel on the label.
- Dalton Petite Sirah 2009. A dark, almost black colored wine with
an aroma of violets, black fruits, and black pepper, a mouth filling
flavor and a long spicy, finish.
- Yaffo Chardonnay 2010. A fresh, apply Chardonnay with tropical
fruit notes produced by Yaffo, a young quality boutique family winery.
- Teperberg Terra Sauvignon Blanc 2010. Aromatic dry wine with notes
of citrus and grapefruit, and a pronounced acidity. Refreshing.
LUXURY NIS 150 +
- Recanati Reserve Wild Vine Carignan 2009. Made from Carignan bush
vines. The wine is deep colored with extraordinary depth of flavor,
aromas of blackberry & blackcurrent. Powerful, concentrated &
- Yatir Merlot Shiraz Cabernet 2008. A rich, full bodied, sun
drenched wine from Yatir Forest vineyards. The wine is made by Yatir
Winery at Tel Arad. Red and black berry fruit & Mediterranean
SUPER LUXURY NIS 200+
- Recanati Special Reserve 2008. Four time gold medal winner. The
flagship of Recanati winery. A complex blend of Cabernet Sauvignon,
Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Franc and Petite Sirah. A serious, quality wine
which will not disappoint.
- Bravdo Coupage 2009. This is a special blend of Cabernet Franc,
Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon from the Karmei Yosef Winery. It full
bodied, with delicate blackcurrant nose with good tannins and a oaky
Adam Montefiore works for Carmel Winery and writes about wine for international and Israeli publications
- Barkan Superieur Cabernet Sauvignon 2007. A gold medal winner in
France. This is the de luxe wine of Barkan Winery, made 100% from
Cabernet Sauvignon, aged for 21 months in oak. Cassis and raspberry
nose, with a hint of bitter chocolate. Big wine which needs time to
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