A few words on wine

flam wine 88 248 (photo credit: Ofer Zemach)
flam wine 88 248
(photo credit: Ofer Zemach)
If you got this far, you probably love wine. This holiday why not expand your wine horizons and try drinking some different varietals. Here are few recommendations for you to consider before hitting the local wine store: Hardys Nottage Hill Shiraz 2006 (Australia) The grapes for this wine were sourced from a variety of South Australia's premium wine regions, resulting in a complex and lush wine. Deep red in color, this Shiraz has fragrant aromas of red cherries and white pepper complemented by subtle oak. Flavors of plum, mint and spice persist on the long finish. Consider serving this wine with mature cheddars, Gouda or other hard pungent cheeses. NIS 55. Imported by Shaked Artezin, Zinfandel 2006 (California) This full-bodied wine is deeply colored, ripe and quite stylish. Sourced from grapes grown in some of California's best Zinfandel regions, it brims with cherries, raspberries, chocolate and spice, finishing long and dry. It would best match spiced cheeses such as pecorino or Muenster. NIS 91. Imported by Hacarem Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi, Zinfandel 2007 (California) The dark berries and aromatic spices character of this wine comes from Zinfandel grown in California's Lodi region, where this grape variety has a long, rich history dating to the Gold Rush era. Some vanilla nuances, gained from aging for six months in French and American oak barrels, weave through the velvety flavors and linger on the finish. Pair this wine with Brie, Camembert or sharp cheddars. NIS 40. Imported by Shaked Flam, Merlot Reserve 2006: Winemaker Golan Flam is leading the way in demonstrating the excellence of this varietal here. This is a seriously good Merlot. Concentrated with plummy fruit aromas and an elegant structure, it is well-oaked, with powerful and insistent tannins which mean this wine will age well for years to come. This robust Merlot will go down nicely with Camembert, Gouda or pecorino. NIS 149 Vitkin, Pinot Noir 2007 From a beautifully situated winery in Kfar Vitkin near Netanya comes this attractive dry red wine. It offers a complex aroma of rich black fruits with floral tones. Aged for 10 months in French oak, it gained some hints of coffee and vanilla. This noble variety would best match cheddar, Edam, Gouda and Muenster cheese. NIS 81 Flam, Sauvignon Blanc Chardonnay 2008: A blend of 80 percent Sauvignon Blanc from Kerem Ben Zimra in Upper Galilee, and 20% Chardonnay from a vineyard in Moshav Mata in the Jerusalem Hills. It has lovely citrus and sweet pear aromas, with a great concentration of fruit, which is balanced well by its racy acidity. The Flam family loves to make wine and it shows. Enjoy this easy drinking wine with Gruyere or fresh goat cheeses. NIS 69 Ella Valley, Chardonnay 2007: A brilliant, pale straw color Chardonnay made of hand-picked fruit from Aderet and Ness Harim vineyards. Offering generous aromas of toasted almond, ripe apple and pear, it is rounded and well-balanced. The wine was aged for 11 months in French oak barrels which gives it a full, creamy mouth feel. Chill for two or three hours and serve with Brie, Gouda, Gruyere, Parmesan or Camembert. NIS 89 (kosher) Dalton, Fume Blanc 2008: Fume Blanc is a name put on many bottles of Sauvignon Blanc, and is applied to Sauvignon Blancs made with more oaky and smoky qualities, but is often just used instead of Sauvignon Blanc to get in on the catchy name game. Featuring fresh aromas of melon and grapefruit, this wine has aged for three months in French oak barrels which gave it some smoky tones. Consider serving this wine young Camembert or fresh goat cheeses. NIS 47 (kosher)