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All the vineyards, large and small, are offering specials on white wines for the coming holiday, and for good reason. Not only is white the color of the holiday, but with the onset of summer, the cheeses, cakes and fruit all call for a chilled, crisp white wine. Here are a few of the whites on offer.
Bravado Chardonnay 2012 from the Karmei Yosef winery is a 100% Chardonnay, with the typical golden color and fruity-vanilla aromas. (NIS 92.) The Binyamina Chardonnay Reserve 2012 unoaked is made of grapes grown in Tzuba and picked by hand. An aromatic wine, it goes well with ﬁsh and Oriental dishes. (NIS 86.)
Another Chardonnay worth trying is from the Alexander vineyard's Lisa series. The wine is made of grapes grown in Kerem Ben-Zimra in the Galilee, aged in batonnage barrels in the Bourgogne Sur Lie method.
The Dalton winery has a few good and reasonably priced whites on its list. We liked the Dalton Sauvignon Blanc Reserve 2012, with that typical green hue and very crisp taste. Serve it chilled with ﬁsh throughout the summer. (NIS 54.)
The White Tulip, a blend of Gewurztraminer and Sauvignon Blanc grapes grown in the Upper Galilee and picked by hand, is a fun wine. Its fruity aromas make it very easy to drink on a summer evening with fruit or cheese, but also with ﬁsh and Oriental dishes. (NIS 67.)
For a less dry wine, the Mony Winery Semillon Chardonnay 2012 is an elegant semi-sweet wine with a lovely pale straw color and fruity aromas. Perfect with cheesecake but also with fruit and cheese. (NIS 39).