Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Duty Free Discovery

After this post, it's going to seem like I write about nothing else but kosher wine. Sorry, but it's the time of the year.

Anyway, I went to a Seder yesterday and made a major discovery. One of the attendees was a businessman who had just flown in from Tel Aviv and made an impulse buy at the Duty Free shop at the new airport there. The bottle's label was mostly in Hebrew, but someone at the table translated it as Bazelet ha Golan Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, a wine grown in the Golan Heights region. It was a 2001 and it was the star of the evening. Earthy and complex, ripe dark fruit, its tannins strong but integrated, poised somewhere between Old World and New World cab styles. The color was deep and inky, the nose pungent and tantalizing. Aged in French and American barrels. A simply great wine that married perfectly with the brisket, which has been cooking for nearly a day.

I see you can find the 2004 in a few stores here in New York, but not the 2001. The benefits of shopping in the country of origin.

I promise: no more kosher wine blogging. That is, unless someone brings something great to tonight's Seder.

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