Rogov?s Guide To Israeli Wines 2009?

08/11/2008
?Rogov?s Guide To Israeli Wines 2009? has been launched at Israel?s number one wine store, Derech Ha??yayin, (which translates as ?Wine Route?) in Tel Aviv. Present were a broad spectrum of wine journalists, wine professionals and wine lovers.
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Rogov?s Guide To Israeli Wines 2009?

08.11.2008
?Rogov?s Guide To Israeli Wines 2009? has been launched at Israel?s number one wine store, Derech Ha??yayin, (which translates as ?Wine Route?) in Tel Aviv. Present were a broad spectrum of wine journalists, wine professionals and wine lovers.
The book is the definitive and most comprehensive guide to Israeli wines. It is substantially bigger than before with 524 pages. (The first edition of Rogov?s Guide had 278 pages!) There are no less than 138 wineries featured and for those new to Israeli wine there are lists, vintage reports, a brief history and an explanation of what makes a kosher wine and the Israeli wine regions.
However the meat of the book is the wineries themselves. These are listed in alphabetical order, so a garagiste making a few thousand bottles a year, may be found alongside a commercial winery producing millions of bottles annually. There are short, dry but informative explanations about the wineries, but the main text is Rogov?s ratings for the wines. The tasting notes are full of detail and written with Rogov?s characteristic flowing style of prose. For anyone new to Israeli wine, this guide is essential and even for knowledgeable veterans, it is a vital aide to keep up with all the new wineries.
Daniel Rogov is Israel?s only full time wine and food critic. He writes for Ha?aretz, the quality newspaper of Israel, runs his own wine & food forum and contributes to internationally famous wine books like Hugh Johnson?s Pocket Wine Book and Tom Stevenson?s Wine Report. Rogov?s Guide is published annually and this is the fifth consecutive year.
Looking back, the first Rogov?s Guide was the 2005 edition. One of the features of most interest is the ?Ten Best Wine Producers? ranking of Israeli wineries. The Golan Heights Winery, Domaine du Castel, Margalit, Flam and Galil Mountain were in the top 10 then and have succeeded to remain there every year since. Amphorae, Dalton, Saslove, Tzora and Recanati were also in the top 10 list back in 2005, but since then have been demoted.
In the 2009 edition they have been replaced by Yatir, Clos de Gat, Chateau Golan and Pelter ? all new quality, boutique wineries founded in the last 10 years. The fifth ?newcomer? is Carmel, founded nearly 126 years ago! Back in the 2005 edition, Carmel was ranked as ?The Fastest Improving Winery,? but since 2006 has also taken its place in the top 10.
So the top ten wineries today, according to Rogov, are as follows:
1. Golan Heights (Katzrin, Yarden, Gamla)
2. Margalit
3. Yatir
4. Castel
5. Clos de Gat
6. Flam
7. Chateau Golan
8. Carmel (Limited Edition, Single Vineyard, Appellation)
9. Galil Mountain
10. Pelter
In fact, Pelter is the only newcomer on the previous year and was also ranked the number one ?Up & Coming Producer?. Galil Mountain was considered ?Best Value Producer.?
Rogov?s Guide To Israeli Wine 2009 is published by Toby Press (www.tobypress.com) and is available in Israel for NIS99 and in the USA for US$19.95. It may be found in major book stores or purchased on Amazon. It represents a bargain and is recommended for anyone with even the slightest curiosity about the wines of Israel.
 

 

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