Wine is made in many countries and some of them receive very little press in the U.S. It can be very difficult to find wines from certain countries in local wine stores. Yesterday, I mentioned a news article about the wine industry in China. Today, I found a new article, at Wine Review Online and written by Ed McCarthy, concerning the wine industry in Israel.
Wine making in Israel extends back about 5,000 years. But the Moslem conquest devastated the wine industry in Israel, destroying all of their indigenous grapes. So today, Istael relies on international varietals, especially French ones.
The article discusses some of the current and best wineries in Israel. The most common varietals are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
Mr. McCarthy then provides tasting notes for ten wines from three different wineries in Israel. And all of these wines are available in the U.S.
Check out the article, and see if you can find some new Israeli wines.