Once every two years leading culinary magazines, the Israel Export Promotion Center, Haim Gan (AKA the Grape Man), The Israel Trade Fair Center and others, join forces and organize the biggest wine and alcohol event in the country (9-11 February).
With so many wineries and exhibitors, walking through a wine show can get pretty confusing. So much to see, so many different wines to taste, where does one start?
The following list includes some of the new Israeli wines which will be displayed at the show.
* Carmel Winery will be launching a new blended wine ? Mediterranean 2007. A blend of Shiraz, Carignan, Petit Verdot, Petite Sirah and some Viognier, the wine has received excellent reviews from leading wine critic Daniel Rogov (advance tasting) and will be positioned parallel to the winery?s Limited Edition wines.
*At the Barkan booth look for the recently launched Shiraz 07 and Pinotage 07 of the winery’s reserve series. Pintoage ? a South African grape variety is very versatile and is showing excellent results in Israel. Also keep your eyes open for the winery?s Altitude and Superior series. Altitude consists of Cabernet Sauvignon wines produced from grapes harvested at vineyards situated at different altitudes.
*Stop by the Golan Heights Winery’s booth and check if they are pouring the recently launched Gamla, Nebbiolo, 2006. This is the first varietal Nebbiolo wine produced as part of the Gamla series, and while still firm it should develop nicely over the next few years. Nebbiolo – a noble Italian grape variety is used in to produce Italy’s top vinos in the Piedmont region including Barolo and Barbaresco.
*The Dalton Winery will be launching the single vineyard Meron, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2008, as well as an un-oaked Chardonnay from the 2009 vintage. The winery recommends serving the Chardonnay 09 with mild cheeses or grilled fish dishes.
*Boutique wineries Chilag and Suson Yam (Sea Horse) have joined hands and created a special blend named “60/60” which will be launched at the exhibition. The blend consists of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Mourvedre and 5% Syrah grapes.
Since the bottled wines are still in the “bottle shock” stage, at the show, visitors will be able to enjoy barrel tastings of the vino. Chilag also launched a 100% Petite Sirah wine produced in a limited edition series of 600 bottles.
* Binyamina’s recent offerings include three reds from the winery’s Avnei Hachoshen series all from the 06 vintage as well as a light and refreshing Muscato wine ? nothing fancy at all but when served chilled on a warm afternoon ? it really hits the spot.
*The Cave, a boutique winery owned by Binyamina recently launched the Cave 2006 a Bordeaux style blend of 65% Cabernet sauvignon, 33% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot.
* Hashaked is both an importer as well as a major distribution company of Israeli wines. Ask for the Shoresh, Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 from the Tzora winery, 85% Cab and 15% Syrah.
Another option is the Special Reserve 2006 from Recanati (the 05 is very good as well). The Special Reserve 06 will officially be launched a few days after the event ? however, hopefully we will be able to have a sneak preview.
*For those who feel like learning a bit more about the world of wine, sign up for guided wine tasting sessions with Grape Man ? Haim Gan. On the 10th and 11th Haim Gan and leading Israeli wine makers will guide you through the fascinating world wine and wine tasting. For registration, please see official exhibition web site.
Please note that on the 9th, the event will only be open to the professional crowd (wine stores, bars, restaurants etc.) while on the following 2 days the event will be open to the public.
For registration, tickets and additional information, please visit: http://israwinexpo.fairs.co.il/
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