Enjoy Two Chardonnay’s this Summer from the Golan Heights Winery

The winemaker of Golan Heights Winery’s philosophy of scientific discipline and knowledge has elevated this winery to an international stage.


Yarden Blanc de Blancs 2008 is a very aromatic dry sparkling wine with bold lemon zest, tart green apples and an expression of flint and hints of fresh baked bread which is result of maintaining  the traditional method of producing sparkling wine. Enjoy with seafood dishes and creamy cheeses.

Yarden Chardonnay Odem Organic Garden 2014 is a bold and rich chardonnay with big flavors of ripe tropical fruits, pear and  mouthwatering acidity that reminds me of cutting a fresh juicy lemon. These concentrated flavors linger for a long finish. Enjoy with roasted salmon or creamy pastas.

Winemaker Victor Schoenfeld is one of Israel’s most influential winemakers. He graduated from UC Davis in 1988 with a degree in enology and his work in several California wineries and a champagne house gave him the expertise to produce high quality wines with a sense of place.

Situated in the northeast corner of Israel, the Golan Heights is a high elevation volcanic plateau characterized by distinct soil types, elevation and altitudes that support a range of varieties and styles.  Volcanic basaltic soil, varied topography and cool high-altitude climate is an ideal region for growing a range of classic high-quality wine varieties.




05 2016

Calling all Rosè Wine Lovers! 2014 Galil Mountain Rosè from Israel’s Upper Galilee is Just In Time for Summer Sipping

 Galil Rosè is a trendy summertime wine made with the best of  traditional wine making in harmony with sustainable and green living from the Galil Mountain Winery in Israel.

Region: Upper Galilee

Grapes: 74% Sangiovese, 23% Pinot Noir, 3% Grenache


Galil Mountain Winery is located in the Upper Galilee mountain Range as one of Israel’s best wine growing areas. Evolved from a joint venture in 2000, the winery is revitalizing a rich winemaking history that began over 2000 years ago. Just in case you cannot read the site, here is a website  www.goisrael.com which is the official site for tourism in Israel and includes wine tours so you can check out all of the wine areas which includes the Upper Galilee area of wineries.

Israeli wineries are producing more white wines and Rose’s for us to enjoy. This gorgeous clear pink and fruity blend of Sangiovese, Pinot Noir and Grenache has just the right amount of acidity and fruit to enjoy year round and especially for warm summer months. This easy drinking rosè is full of  fresh strawberry flavors and aromas with hints of aromatic earthy herbs that make your mouth water.

Green Living and Sustainable 

Green living and sustainable is the way of life at the Galil Mountain. Winemaker Micha Vaadia practices his winemaking that is in harmony with nature and sustainable solar power, wastewater management and composting.  Micah has many years of experience that began at UC Davis enology program and became chief winemaker at Galil Mountain overseeing outstanding achievements in International competition.


Enjoy this rosè chilled and with a variety of foods including cheese and fruit platters, mediterranean foods and grilled meats.






05 2016

2015 Rutini Trumpeter is the Perfect Wine for Summertime

Who am I kidding? Trumpeter is a fantastic white wine from Argentina to enjoy anytime and especially for the summer months of wining and dining!



2015 Rutini Trumpeter Torrontes

 Producing Region: Tupungato, Mendoza

Varietal: 100% Torrontes

Suggested Retail Price: $10.99


Trumpeter Torrontes is consistently an extraordinarily elegant and crowd pleasing wine from Argentina. Torrontes is the signature white grape of Argentina and has quickly become one of the top wines for white wine lovers and the Rutini winemakers know how to do it right.

About Trumpeter Torrontes 2015

                                              I have written before about Rutini Wines located on the outskirts of Mendoza, Argentina and I have always been impressed with the quality and freshness of their 100% hand-harvested grapes and hand-crafted wines. The winemaker has perfected the process by allowing the true expression of the grape varietal and, in turn, gives us the opportunity to enjoy a clean, crisp and fresh wine that pleases many palates and pairs with a variety of food, especially for the summer.

Aromas and Flavors


This intense white wine has body, big aromas and flavors of ripe tropical fruits, and Meyer lemon-like acidity that has a long finish that lightly coats your mouth with juicy, fresh pineapple, peaches, lemons and lots of perfumed exotic floral aromas that can be detected as your raise the glass to your nose. Stainless steel fermentation with no oak preserves fresh fruit flavors and aromas making them front and center.



What a great wine for all types of seafood, grilled chicken or chops with spicy pineapple jalapeño glaze. And, don’t forget about the cheese and fruit platters that are so popular at picnics and summertime gatherings. For the best expression of flavors and aromas of the wine, serve chilled.

Cheers to warm weather gatherings with friends!



05 2016