4 STARS FOR CLOS DE GAT, FLAM

18/08/2015
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Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Guide 2016 is shortly to be published. Now in its 39th year of publication, it has no rival as the comprehensive up-to-the minute annual guide. It is the bestselling wine guide in the world.hugu

Hugh Johnson is the world's pre-eminent writer on wine. First published in 1977, his Pocket Wine Book sells hundreds of thousands of copies a year. During the past four decades he has written books that have become landmarks on the subject, including his classic The World Atlas of Wine, co-authored with Jancis Robinson, his Wine Companion, first published in 2003, and The Story of Wine.

There are no less than thirty Israeli wineries listed in the new edition.

The main changes and achievements by Israeli wineries are as follows:

  • Clos de Gat receives four stars outright, only the second Israeli winery after Domaine du Castel to achieve this.
  • Flam Winery receives ‘three to four stars’, along with Yatir Winery.
  • Tzora Vineyards is elevated to three stars.
  • Sphera Winery and Kerem Shvo (Shvo Vineyards) are both elevated to ‘two to three’ stars.
  • Bar Maor Winery, with two stars, and Abaya Winery are listed for the first time.

Amongst the list of acknowledgements are two Israelis: wine industry veteran, Adam Montefiore, who has contributed to this book for over 20 years, and Gal Zohar, the international wine consultant and sommelier. Both worked together on the recommendations for Israel.

Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Guide 2016 will be published by Mitchell Beazley /Octopus Publishing Group on September 3rd 2015. Price £11.99.

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