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If you are going to celebrate New Year’s Eve at home, the least you can do is
pop a bottle of bubbly. The sparkling wines have become very popular in
Israel in recent years, and every opening or launch of, well, just about
anything from a boutique to an exhibition or a presentation of a new product is
accompanied by a bottle of champagne. But come December 31, it is the
Many Israeli wineries produce decent to good quality sparkling
wines. We will mention a variety of wines and spirits offered by importers and
local wineries especially for tomorrow’s celebration. Have a good
Beginning with the real McCoy
, Bollinger is one of the last
familyowned French Champagne houses, but even they are now producing Cava,
meaning it’s not made in the area of Champagne. Their special Cava is excellent
nonetheless and won the grade of 93 points from Wine Spectator
Another champagne imported here is the Charles Heidsieck Brut
Reserve (NIS 392). The Ayala Champagne costs less but is still good, especially
if you want a rose. The Rose Major by Ayala will open the year on a rosy note
(NIS 312), while the brut major will cost around NIS 232.
2010’s Best Champagne in the World award of French wine magazine La revue du vin
, Billecart Salmon Brut Reserve is now imported to Israel and sold for
NIS 414. Other Billecart Salmon imports include the Rose (NIS 662) and Demi Sec
The Kerem importers also offer many Italian bubblies priced
between NIS 40-100 and will get you going in style.
The Scottish Company
offers a vast selection of bubblies for New Year’s Eve, among them kosher
Pommery Brut Royal (NIS 286), Lanson Semi Dry (NIS 238), Lanson Rose Brut (NIS
304) and the very popular Spanish Cava Codorniu Pinot Noir at NIS 78. Other
bubblies offered by the Scottish are various lambruscos and proseccos, many of
which are kosher.
If you wish to encourage local producers, try the new
Psagot Merlot 2009. Psagot Winery is located in the region of Binyamina, north
of Jerusalem. The grapes are grown on the steep hills in an area that was famous
for its wine thousands of years ago. The Merlot is a rich and fruity wine that
goes very well with winter stews (NIS 75).
Other wines launched this fall
are the Tabor Har series of reds, offered for NIS 45. These are simple but nice
wines and include the Sauvignon, Merlot and Shiraz.
Other offers include
special holiday packages, such as the Southern Comfort liquor imported by
Ackerman. The bottle is sold with two glasses for NIS 135.
that will carry you happily from one party to another include the newly imported
Bacardi & Cola mix, which is ready to drink straight from the can (NIS
If you are more a beer person, a barrel of five-liter Heineken will
keep your party going for a while (NIS 100). Heineken also launched a special
New Year limited edition of four designed aluminum bottles that represent the
history of the company (NIS 40 for four). And local boutique beer Alexander
suggests you choose its Black, a dark wintry beer that won a silver medal at
Bira, the international beer competition (NIS 15 or NIS 80 for a
So drink up and be merry. But please don’t drink and drive.
Happy New Year.