Sunday, February 2, 2014

Israeli Wine that gladdens human hearts. An East Bay BDS fail

It was standing room only in the East Bay , as community members gathered to try the fruit of the vine, Israeli style.  The Israeli wine and chocolate pairing featured  Israeli wineries including Tishbi, Bravdo, Kadesh Barnea, Odem and Gush Etzion.

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.

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