I knew Israel made wine, but like most consumers I’d figured it was that cough syrup called Manischewitz and that was about it.
Turns out Manischewitz is made in New York, not Israel. Real Israeli wines are far, far better, but just as kosher.
With Passover a week away, interest in kosher wines is at its high for the year, and the faithful are wise to turn to something better. Check out Golan Heights Winery (based in, well, Golan Heights), which makes a surprisingly good cabernet sauvignon.
Golan Heights produces wine under three labels, Golan being the youngest and least expensive of the lot. This 2007 cabernet (which curiously features a photo of a rock on the label) spends just six months in American oak, leaving it young, very purple in color, and fresh with fruit flavor instead of deluged with oak. It’s an almost salty wine, but well balanced with lots of bright fruit flavor. Probably not something you could age for more than a couple of years, but worthwhile as a new — and very affordable — experience — and it works well with food.
B+ / $16 / golanwines.co.il