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Adi Avissar was one of the media pioneers of the Israel wine revolution founding, publishing and producing the quality magazine Wine & Gourmet for many years.

Now, ever the pioneer, he has turned his magazine venture into an electronic version which may be found under the name WINET. It can be found at

One annual feature of Wine & Gourmet was the eagerly awaited annual tasting of Israeli wine. Now fortunately this is continuing on the WINET website.

The results of the 2015 annual tasting have just been published in Hebrew. They may be found in full under the following link:

Hebrew speakers are invited to read about the tasting in full.

For English speakers, this is a potted summary. The chairman of the tasting panel was Israel's own wine maestro, Yair Hajdu and he had to help him a prestigious panel of Israeli wine professionals and wine lovers. The star of the tasting was Domaine du Castel with both the best red and white wine and their third wine also scoring 90 points. Carmel had three wines scoring 90 points, Recanati, Teperberg and Yarden had two each. Lesser known wineries were represented too, including Tzuba, Montefiore and Stern.

The wines that scored 90 points or more were as follows:



Castel C Blanc du Castel 2013                                  92 points

Recanati Special Reserve White 2013                       90

Carmel Kayoumi Vineyard Riesling 2013                   90

Tzuba Chardonnay 2012                                          90



Castel Grand Vin 2012                                           93

Margalit Cabernet Sauvignon 2012                          92

Ella Valley Merlot 2010                                          91

Teperberg Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2011         90

Galil Mountain Yiron 2011                                     90

Petit Castel 2012                                                  90

Tabor Limited Edition 1/11000 Cabernet Sauvignon 2011  90

Golan Heights Yarden Cabernet Sauvignon 2011        90

Carmel Shiraz, Kayoumi Vineyard 2010                     90

Flam Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2011                   90

Montefiore Kerem Moshe 2012                                 90

Teperberg Terra Merlot 2011                                    90

Stern Rotem 2012                                                   90

Recanati Merlot Reserve, Manara Vineyard 2012       90

Tzora Judean Hills 2012                                          90



Golan Heights Yarden Rose Sparkling                    90 



Carmel Gewurztraminer, Sha'al Vineyard 2010      90

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