lewis.pasco wrote:2010 Vikin "Levan" - delicious, another bit of alchemy from Assaf Paz of Vitkin and Binyamina (as his day job.) If true that this is comprised mostly French Colombard, than it is once again proof that Colombard in the right hands makes one of Israel's best and most distinctive whites. Vitkin will soon be Kosher my friends, according to rumors I have heard...
2009 Pelter Chardonnay unoaked. (not Kosher) OK I've been a fan of Tal Pelter's for about as long as I remember, which is since Tal and family started his small yekev. But I just don't see the point of unoaked Chardonnay, particularly in Israel where we don't get OUTSTANDING Chard fruit. My opinon has not changed...
2010 Zafirim Adullam (not Kosher, but Kosher style) "Judean Hills" Appellation - 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot 4% Cabernet Franc; 13 months in French oak barrels. Worth checking this winery out, this was a fine and representative Israeli Bordeaux blend. Not a blockbuster, but a fine accompaniment to our "Thanksgiving" turkey Shabbat meal.
lewis.pasco wrote:Dear Gabriel,
"Kosher - style" as friends here have used the term, refers to a winery or food preparation establishment that in the actual practice follows Kosher law but does not pay for or have Kashrut. There are some micro producers that simply can't afford the hiring of an Orthodox man to make their wine, let alone the additional cost of Rabbinical supervision. Some of these business are open on Shabbat for tourist trade, and it's economically necessary for them, so that prevents them from being Kosher. But they follow Kosher practice in all other ways in their actual wine or food production.
I realize that's meaningless for those who observe strict Kashrut; so please don't laugh...
"Zimbalista", eh? I like the name. Got a specific vintage in mind?
Yehoshua Werth wrote:2009 Or Haganuz - Select - Big, Dark, deep and perfect for my wifes Chulent! Yumm
WE - just gave this a 90Pts watch out
Elie Poltorak wrote:Last but certainly not least, I indulged in a bottle of the incredible 2009 Dalton Wild Yeast Viognier (A/***). In its old age, the wine has lost much of its delicate floral nose, but it has become deliciously sweet--paired wonderfully with a platter of bloomy cheese and fresh fruit (parsimons, figs, and pears). Simply delightful!
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