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Tag Archives: Israel

• The Power of Good Thoughts Conjures AVIV 613 Vodka!

The Power of Good Thoughts Conjures AVIV 613 Vodka!

Perfect timing. The Jewish New Year and a kosher vodka from Israel, AVIV 613, equals a marriage made in heaven! Or marketing! The ‘bride’, in this case, is a beautiful bottle…heavy, triangular and even more lovely frosted right out of the freezer. An attention getter for sure. And AVIV has a great story. Here it […]

• Golan Heights: Making Wine in the Shadow of War

Golan Heights: Making Wine in the Shadow of War

A cold morning mist hangs over row after row of deep purple grapes — a scene ripe for thoughtful contemplation. Just a few fields away a civil war ensues, and occasionally the sound of sirens punctuates the serene vineyard. In the Golan Heights, two drastically different worlds exist side-by-side — as dissimilar as water and […]

• Single-malt Whiskey from the Holy Land

Single-malt Whiskey from the Holy Land

Milk & Honey Distillery founder: ‘We’ve seen how Israeli wine has done great things for Israel’s reputation and we’d love our whiskey to achieve the same’. The year is 2014 and you’re in search of a traditional, fine, single-malt whiskey. Pick the bottle with the logo of a cow decked out in honey-bee colors. A […]

• Archeologist dig turns up wine cellar from 1700 B.C.

Archeologist dig turns up wine cellar from 1700 B.C.

Digging this summer at the ruins of a 1700 B.C. Canaanite palace in northern Israel, archaeologists struck wine. Near the banquet hall where rulers of a Middle Bronze Age city-state and their guests feasted, a team of U.S. and Israeli researchers broke through to a storage room holding the remains of 40 large ceramic jars. […]

• What a Brew! Scottish Brewer Makes Israeli Craft Beer

What a brew! A Scottish brew master, his Tunisian wife and two Yanks operate a boutique brewery. They produce several hundred bottles a month and plan more. The Israeli beer industry includes a wide range of brew masters from native Israelis to North American immigrants whose microbreweries can be found across the country from the […]

• 1,500-year-old wine factory unearthed in Israel

1,500-year-old wine factory unearthed in Israel

Archaeologists have uncovered a 1,500-year-old wine-pressing complex, which exceeds 100 square metres in area, in Israel among the ruins of an ancient Byzantine settlement. At the site near Hamei Yo’av, researchers found a ceramic lantern fashioned in the shape of a miniature church and carved with crosses, suggesting the ancient wine factory was owned by […]

• Kosher Wine Evolves From Cheap To Collectible

Kosher Wine Evolves From Cheap To Collectible

Prices have gone up along with quality. If you remember when kosher wine meant mostly cheap and sweet, you probably also know that the second part is no longer true. Today, there are plenty of quality kosher wines being made around the world. But did you also know that kosher wine has come so far […]

• Palestine’s Taybeh beer heads for global domination

Palestine’s Taybeh beer heads for global domination

Taybeh, which is Arabic for ‘delicious’, is a village 35km north of Jerusalem in the Occupied West Bank. It also happens to be the name-sake of a tasty drop of alcohol that is gaining a glowing reputation for its crisp, fresh taste, despite its unusual roots. Now the rest of the world is starting to […]

• In New York, Lost Tribes beer company resurrects ancient brews

In New York, Lost Tribes beer company resurrects ancient brews

As he weaves in and out of traffic in New York City on a Friday afternoon, David Itzkowitz has two things on his mind: Shabbat and beer. Beer because Itzkowitz, 26, is a co-founder of Lost Tribes, a beverage company that makes microbrews derived from ancient recipes held dear by Jewish cultures from exotic parts of the world. […]

• Design School Partners with Wineries to Go Green

Design School Partners with Wineries to Go Green

Wine companies worldwide may be trying to ‘go green’ by producing organic wines (the wineries of the Middle East being no exception), but even so there is non eco-friendly waste associated with making vino.  A winery in the Israeli Negev desert has being using solar power to meet its energy needs for the past few […]

• Making wine in Israel is strictly kosher

Making wine in Israel is strictly kosher

Although even experts cannot tell the difference in the perfumes or flavours of Kosher and non-Kosher wines in a blind tasting, there are tedious and clear-cut religious differences in the wine making process that must be understood and followed diligently, writes our regular contributor John Salvi MW who was recently in Israel for several days, […]

• Israel grows as winemaker

Israel grows as winemaker

It makes sense that Israel produces good wines because the Middle East is where wine was born. For centuries Israeli wine was reserved for religious ceremony, and the less of it one had to drink, the better. But over the past decade or two, the country been producing some very good wines for consumers — […]

• Virginian Wine Builds Momentum

Virginian Wine Builds Momentum

The secretary of agriculture and forestry for Virginia has outlined “a very strategic plan for growth” to support the US state’s growing wine industry. Speaking to the drinks business, Todd Haymore confirmed that state funding to promote Virginia’s wines had increased from US$6,000 in January 2010 to its current level of $1.8 million. With around […]

• Washington hops harvest under way in Yakima Valley

Washington hops harvest under way in Yakima Valley

Diana Puterbaugh faced some skepticism in 1997 when she launched an online hop-sales business to serve craft and home brewers. It took a couple of years before her brainchild, Hops Direct LLC, started to see some interest. Now, the operation she owns and operates from the family’s 700-acre farm on Green Valley Road is thriving, […]

• L’Chaim! Jerusalem Beer Festival: Aug 31 – Sept 9

L’Chaim! Jerusalem Beer Festival: Aug 31 – Sept 9

The annual Beer Festival in Jerusalem is following in the tradition of annual beer events taking place in major cities around the world. Now entering its seventh year, the Jerusalem Beer Festival has been a recipient of glowing reviews since it first began in 2004. The Jerusalem Beer Festival annually plays host to tens of […]