Bright Prospects for Israel: Tasting Report on Israeli Wines

Israelis have many strong and often divergent opinions, but they all seem to agree that their wine industry can be described in a definable series of eras. “We’ve been making wine for 5,000 years and it was pretty awful most of the time,” says industry veteran Adam Montefiore, one of the nation’s most respected wine writers. “Good wine has only been made here for 20-25 years.” When Montefiore moved to Israel in 1989, there were 12 wineries. Today there are 350.

Lily wine spectatortasting report on Israel, including a deep dive into the stylistic changes that chart a new course for the country’s wines.

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Shirley M. Pinder