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May 24, 1996 - Image 87

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1996-05-24

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> Yarden and Gamla wines were shouldn't be overlooked. Hagafen business, owned and operated by
hailed as Israel's first world-class Cellers and Gan Eden both pro- Craig Winchell. The first vintages,
duce award-winning wines with produced in 1985, were all medal
winners. Winchell maintains that
The Golan Heights Winery en- unfailing regularity.
Hagafen Cellers, in the Napa these wines are not primarily for
compasses Gamla, Yarden and
Golan wines. The winery pro- Valley, was started in 1979 by the kosher market although they
duces approximately 250,000 cas- Ernie Weir. This small winery pro- are produced adhering to the laws
,- es of premium wines annually. duces 7,500 cases of kosher wine of kashrut.
Not too long ago, Slivovitz, a
They are exported to Europe, each year, trailed by an impressive
Africa, Australia and Asia as well string of awards. The 1982 Caber- distilled clear brandy, and Sabra,
as to the United States, its largest net Sauvignon won gold medals the chocolate-orange flavored
internationally and was consid- liqueur, were about all that was
But this new global apprecia- ered one of the best of all Caber- available. The contemporary
tion makes wine a major and high- net Sauvignons produced that kosher consumer now has a
choice equal to any in the mar-
ly competitive industry, and Israel year.
is facing stiff competition. Last
From kosher wines like
year, Royal Wine's sales of va-
Shiraz to spirits such as
rietal wines were up 37 per-
whiskey, here is a
cent over 1989 — and these
guide to the vintner's best.
included kosher wines from
prices are approximate.
France, Italy and Spain.
Royal Wine's Buchsbaum
From Israel
said Spain is producing very
respectable sparkling dessert
wines, such as the Joven
• French Columbard: Off-dry
brand that comes in a frosted
and medium-bodied, this
bottle and is the Spanish-
wine still strikes the palate as
kosher answer to Freizenet.
dry with pear and dill un-
The entire line of Veronese
dertones. Smooth and crisp
wines from Italy are quite
to the taste, best as an aper-
wonderful. And California,
itif or over ice for a warm
whose wines often win prizes A Baron Herzog kosher white wine froin California.
weather cooler. $6.
over French wines, has forged
Emerald Riesling: Strong nose
Hagafen's newest wine series, •
ahead with an extensive line of
of honeysuckle and sweet fruit.
Harmonia, is reasonably priced,
excellent kosher varieties.
Medium-bodied with good sweet
To illustrate how far California and the quality of these table
and acid balance. $6.
kosher wines have come, Buchs- wines have also merited gold, sil-
baum notes the following: Wein- ver and bronze medals at the New • Nouveau Vin Rouge: From a
stock's White Zinfandel was World International Competition, blend of Carignan and Petite Sir-
/=-)- recently voted the best Zinfandel Intervin International Wine Corn- ah grapes, this is well balanced
in California, out of more than petition and the Orange County with a pleasant fruity aroma. Rich
1,800 entries. Wine experts have (Calif.) Fair Wine Competition. It ruby red in color. $6.99.
long considered Baron Herzog also won the Best Blush of Napa • Estate Merlot: LiMited produc-
Chenin Blanc the best Chenin Valley at the California State Fair. tion of a new series of single vine-
In September 1995, Hagafen's yaicl prestige selections. Grapes
Blanc in the state of California (the
Los Angeles Times called it the Chardonnay Reserve, 1991, was from a new vineyard in the Judean
best in the world). This year, it served at the White House lun- Hills. $15.
won a double gold medal, and cheon hosted by President Bill GAMLA
Baron Herzog's Monterey Johan- Clinton and attended by PLO • Gamla Cabernet Sauvignon,
nisburg Riesling won a silver Chairman Yassir Arafat and the Special Reserve: Exceptional char-
late Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak
acter and charm with a fine bal-
California also has some bou- Rabin.
Gan Eden winery is a family WINE WINNERS pag61,41:.
tique kosher wineries that

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