The New York Wine Experience is organized by the Wine Spectator. It is arguably the most important and prestigious wine event of the year. Roughly 235 of the very best wineries in the world participate and they each limit themselves to pouring one wine only. The wines available for tasting include some of the greatest wines on the planet, from the Parthenon of the finest wineries. The selection is made through the annual tastings of the Wine Spectator, the world’s premier wine magazine.
In 1999, the first Israeli winery ever to be invited to this event was the Golan HeightsWinery. This year, twenty years later, no less than three Israeli wineries participated, which is impressive, because participation is by invitation only. The three Israeli wineries honored to be invited were: The Golan Heights Winery from Katzrin (twenty years after their debut), Recanati Winery from Emek Hefer (Hefer Valley) and Tabor Winery from Kfar Tabor (Tabor Village) in the Lower Galilee.
The wines they poured were:
Yarden Cabernet Sauvignon, Golan Heights 2014
Recanati Wild Carignan, Judean Hills 2016
Tabor Malkiya Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Galilee.
The wines were able to show three of Israel’s distinct and very different growing regions: the Golan Heights, the Galilee and Judean Hills.
The winery personnel attending this prestigious event were: Victor Schoenfeld, the Head Winemaker of the Golan Heights Winery; Leni Recanati, owner of Recanati Winery; Gil Shatzberg, assistant CEO and winemaker, Recanati Winery and Michal Akkerman, viticulturist of Tabor Winery.
The fact that Israel was represented reflects well on the individual wineries, and on Israeli wine as a whole. Israel is on the international wine map and it is participation in events like this that prove it.