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Israeli wines

By Jessica Yadegaran
Thursday, April 6th, 2006 at 11:31 am in Uncategorized.

In my last wine class, I learned that the first winemaker was most likely a woman, thousands of years ago, somewhere along the Caspian Sea. This thrilled me, and got me thinking about Middle Eastern wines — that conducive Mediterranean climate so much like ours and advances in winemaking techniques and agriculture have produced some fine wines, particularly in Israel.

If I could be anywhere this June, it would be in Tel Aviv, where the Israeli wine community is hosting its first international wine exhibition, showcasing its 150 wineries and expertise in growing Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvingnon Blanc, Merlot and Chardonnay.

If you need help navigating Israel’s wines, try Rogov’s Guide to Israeli Wines, 2005, by Daniel Rogov.

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