Jezreel Winery Gewurztraminer (OK Kosher) 2019
A semi-dry white wine rich in aromas of lychee and peach nectar. Apricot flavors that blend with tropical fruits, refreshing citrus acidity and delicate sweetness. Especially suitable for cheeses, light foods or as a wine to end the meal.
This wine is Kosher for Passover
The Jezreel Valley Boutique Winery was established in 2012 and is located in the northern part of the valley in Hanaton. The winery specializes in growing and producing wines from the Syrah, Carignan, and Crimson varieties, as well as Viognier and Gewurztraminer, from the perception that these varieties are particularly suitable for growing in Israel.
The wines made from them demonstrate the incredible quality that our country has to offer in wine. Exceptional adherence to uncompromising quality from the growing stage in the vineyards to the bottle is integrated with an uncompromising concept of adapting the wines to the Israeli climate and cuisine.
With a rich history of wine production dating back to biblical times, Israel is a part of the cradle of wine civilization. Here, wine was commonly used for religious ceremonies as well as for general consumption. During Roman times, it was a popular export, but during Islamic rule around 1300, production was virtually extinguished. The modern era of Israeli winemaking began in the late 19th century with help from Bordeaux’s Rothschild family. Accordingly, most grapes grown in Israel today are made from native French varieties. Indigenous varieties are all but extinct, though oenologists have made recent attempts to rediscover ancient varieties such as Marawi for commercial wine production.
In Israel’s Mediterranean climate, humidity and drought can be problematic, concentrating much of the country’s grape growing in the north near Galilee, Samaria near the coast and at higher elevations in the east. The most successful red varieties are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Syrah, while the best whites are made from Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Many, though by no means all, Israeli wines are certified Kosher.
Gewürztraminer, an expressive and aromatically distinctive white grape variety, is considered a noble variety in the Alsace region of France, and produces wonderful wines in the mountainous Alto Adige region of NE Italy. Generally this grape grows well in cooler regions and its natural intensity makes it a great ally for flavorful cuisine such as Indian, Middle Eastern or Moroccan. Somm Secret—Because of a charming perfume and tendency towards slight sweetness, Gewürztraminer makes for an excellent gateway wine for those who love sweet wines but want to venture into the realm of drier whites.