<i>L?hayim!</I> to Israeli Wines

Israeli wineries are due a hearty “L’hayim!” after having taken several medals at the Challenge International du Vin in Bordeaux, France, last month.

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Israeli wineries are due a hearty “L’hayim!” after having taken several medals at the Challenge International du Vin in Bordeaux, France, last month. Two Israeli wines, from two different wineries, were awarded Gold Medals in the competition, which included 4,771 different samples from 31 countries. Four Israeli wines, from three different wineries, were awarded Silver Medals and three, from two wineries, were awarded Bronze Medals. All, it should be noted, are kosher.

Israel’s Gold Medal wines are:

Barkan Reserve 2001 Merlot, produced by Barkan Wine Cellars. The winery received a special license from the Ministry of Defense to supply wine to the IDF.

1999 Yarden - Cabernet Sauvignon, produced by the Yarden Golan Heights Winery. The Golan Heights Winery was a trailblazer in Israeli wine making when, over two decades ago, renowned wine expert Cornelius Eve visited the Golan Heights and commented to some Israeli farmers, “You’re in a superb wine-growing region.” The company, owned by four kibbutzim, continues to excel and its wines are respected internationally.

The Silver Medals went to:

1999 Barkan Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, again from the Barkan Wine Cellars.

1999 Segal Galilee Height Cabernet Sauvignon, produced by the Carmei Zvi Winery in Ramla.

1997 Yarden Sparkling White Wine, produced by the Golan Heights Winery.

2000 Yarden Merlot, also produced by Golan Heights.

Bronze Medals went to:

2001 Segal Galilee Heights Chardonnay, produced by the Carmei Zvi Winery.

2000 Segal Unfiltered Cabernet Sauvignon, also by Carmei Zvi.

2001 Yarden Chardonnay, by the Golan Heights Winery.

800 people gathered for the wine tasting at the Challenge International du Vin and they awarded a total of 314 Gold, 567 Silver and 439 Bronze Medals to various wines from around the world.


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