The well-respected Itay Gleitman is the person who had the difficult task of taking over from the legendary Daniel Rogov as the wine critic for Haaretz. This is known as the quality newspaper of Israel. Gleitman is doing a good job. He wrote an article for the Wine Spectator in the celebrated issue with a cover story on Israeli wine. Furthermore his 'Best of 2016' list created interest, showing his growing importance and influence as a wine critic. He wrote about the names that made 2016 for him in the Hebrew edition of the paper. For curious English speakers, his selections involving Israeli wines were as follows:
THE WINERY: Domaine du Castel.
THE WINEMAKER: Eran Pick MW of Tzora Vineyards
IMPROVING WINERY: Jezreel Valley
WHITE WINE: Feldstein Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2014
RED WINE: Mia Luce CSM 2015
VALUE WINE: Montefiore Red 2015
SOMMELIER: Shira Tsiddon and Mor Bernstein.