New Gilgal Wines 'Unearth' The Secrets To Great Tasting Wines From Israel
You don't have to be a sophisticated wine connoisseur to enjoy a bottle of Gilgal Wine, but once uncorked, you'll quickly discover how the agricultural wonders of Northern Israel and sophisticated winemaking craftsmanship provide the key ingredients for one of the best tasting wines in the marketplace.
Yatir, Viognier, Judean Hills, 2009: With a straw color, a medium body and a satiny mouth-feel, this fruit-forward wine has flavors and aromas of apples, pears, honeydew and cantaloupe, with just a hint of fresh churned cream. Drink within a year. Score B+ $29.95
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After a warmer-than-usual September and early October, autumn is taking its time arriving. But when the leaves start in earnest to change color and the weather turns bracing, the time of year is right for a glass of Viognier.
At one time, the two-word phrase “Israeli wine” was synonymous with the sweet, sacramental wines that were ubiquitous in Jewish homes around the world. But in the early 1980s, the quality of Israel’s wines began to improve, the number of commercial wineries increased and the Israeli wine revolution was under way.
At first glance, one would not expect to find a connection between Charlemagne, the eighth-century King of the Franks and Holy Roman Emperor, and the humble apple. Though best known for his empire building — and indeed, during his long reign Charlemagne perhaps spent more time in the field of battle than among his French subjects — the welfare of his native France was always a special concern for the Emperor. Many of his ordinances have had a profound and lasting effect on the French people.