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Fodor’s Essential Israel, 1st edition

IF YOU STILL mistakenly associate Israeli wine with sickly sweet (U.S.-made) concord-grape products from Manischewitz, you might be surprised to know that the 1st edition of Fodor’s Essential Israel devotes six pages to the subject of modern Israeli viniculture. While agreeing that “Israel manufactured mostly mediocre wines until the late 1970s,” the guidebook says things have changed dramatically. Five outfits still account for 75 per cent of production, but more than 250 smaller wineries, “many less than 15 years old,” showcase “a new crop of winemakers with experience at outstanding wineries.”

Although there’s no officially regulated division of Israel’s grape-growing regions, five are usually specified, with Galilee (east of Haifa) and Judean Hills (south of Jerusalem) home to some of the country’s very best vintners. Among the makers in those two regions the guidebook recommends are:

Tabor Winery (Galilee, www.twc.co.il). “Set amid almond groves near Mount Tabor.” Try the “robust single-vineyard limited edition Cabernet Sauvignon.”

Flam Winery (Judean Hills, www.flamwinery.com). “Two dynamic brothers…run this well-regarded producer.” Try its “woodsy, berry-rich Flam Reserve Merlot.”

In general, says the guidebook, Israeli wineries have had their best luck with cab blends and chardonnays, but viognier and syrah are becoming the new darlings.

It also suggests hiring a guide to get you to small, hard-to-find producers that “you’d otherwise never see.”

 

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