One thing was clear- It was not your Bubbe's Manischewitz.
Israeli Wine has a long tradition. It was made in Israel throughout Biblical times, up until the Muslim conquest in the 8th century. Vineyards thrive in poor soil- the stress brings out complexities of flavor. Today, there are over 300 wineries in Israel.
Israel has five designated grape growing regions
Galilee (or Galil) - the northern region with volcanic soils ideal for grape growing
Judean Hills- Israeli wine critic Daniel Rogov awarded four of the first six spots to Judean Hills wineries in a recent Israeli winery ranking
Shimshon (or Samson) - is the most widely planted region of Israel with almost 40% of the nations grapes grown here. Heavy, limey soils
Negev - the arid, desert region of Israel. New watering technologies have made it possible to grow grapes here
Shomron (or Samaria) - a coastal Mediterranean climate with hot, humid summers and warm, mild winters and limestone, alluvial clay and loam soil.
Thanks to Harken Spirits for your contribution to a delicious and educational evening, and for introducing many to yet another reason to celebrate Israel.