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Monday, June 27, 2016

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The rebirth of a wine industry and culture which has been shuddered for over a millennium is taking place right now in Israel. The revitalization of winemaking reveals itself in nearly 400 wineries throughout the country and the discovery of hundreds of indigenous grape varieties, which until recently had been written off as extinct. 

Highlights of the current Israeli wine industry include the initiative of winemaker and Scientist Dr. Eliyashiv (Shivi) Drori at the Ariel University Wine Research Center, in the use of DNA testing on grape remains from ancient sites. Scouring the country for indigenous grapes and performing DNA testing on grapes remains from ancient sites, he has put together a database of Israeli grapes, matching the DNA of some with those at archeological sites, and further has made the connection between those grapes and wine grapes discussed in ancient texts. (See Rudoren, Jodi “IsraelAims to Recreate Wine That Jesus and King David Drank” New York Times 29 November 2015). 

Also making news, Eran Pick, winemaker at Tzora Vineyards, has just become Israel’s first Master of Wine. A combination of wineries gaining experience, understanding terroir, improved wine technology and its application, planting of suitable grape varieties, and the maturating of vineyards are all factors in improving wine in Israel. Many wineries are now hitting their stride, making distinctive wines, and being recognized for it. They touch an interesting place in the market, being both New World and Old World

Wine production in Israel is approximately 35 million bottles a year with twelve wineries making up 92% of total production (Barkan, Carmel, Golan Heights Winery, Teperberg, Binyamina, Tishbi, Zion, Galil Mountain, Recanati, Tabor, Dalton, and Arza) —all of which are kosher, however only 25% of Israel’s nearly 400 wineries are kosher. The majority of wineries in Israel are boutique and garagiste. With so many individuals making wine on some scale, it goes to show that Israel has both climatic advantages to growing high quality wine grapes, and a unique and dynamic cultural relationship with winemaking. Israeli wine is very diverse. Israel’s wine culture has grown up synergistically with its cuisine, and both appear to be coming into their own in a way that is visible in the vibrant atmosphere of wine-bars and restaurant in Tel Aviv, and inspiring international culinary trends.

History The region of the Eastern Mediterranean (the Levant—modern day Israel, Lebanon, Syria, and Jordan) was a major center for wine production in the ancient world. Locales such as Canaan and Hebron were considered superior centers of wine production. We know this from documents by the Egyptians who imported the wines of the north. It is also written in religious texts, Talmud and Bible. Remains of ancient Gats (wine presses) still exist all over the region. Wine from modern day Israel was exported to Rome and Greece. Wine production in the region came to a halt in the 7th century with Muslim conquest and Islam’s prohibition of alcohol. There have always been attempts by religious organizations to produce wine in the holy land, and prior to the nation of Israel, when the Levant was Palestine, there were some monasteries producing wine on a small scale. Israel’s wine revolution took of in the 20th Century, from seeds that were sewn in the 1850’s by Sir Moses Montefiore, a British banker, wine lover, and Zionist who encouraged Jews to re-establish agriculture in the holy land. Fun fact, he “drank a bottle of wine every day and lived to be 100 years old.” (Wine Route 9).
The Modern Industry Credit is given to Baron Edmund de Rothschild, owner of Chateau Lafite in Bordeaux, for founding the modern Israeli wine industry in the 1880’s. Rothschild literally planted the seeds that have grown up to become Israel’s modern wine industry. He built a large winery at Rishon Le Zion in 1890 and a wine facility at Zichron Yakov. He planted many vineyards and sent his winemaker from Lafite, Charles Mortier, to oversee wine production. The wine industry that took off at the turn of the century was struck down by the obstacles of WWI, WWII, and Prohibition in the US, which annihilated their export market in Europe and the US.     

Israel’s Wine Revolution has been taking place since the 1970’s–present and is defined by two main phases: -The Quality Revolution (1970–1980’s) a period associated with advances in wine technology and the assistance of consultant winemakers from UC Davis. Also the Founding of the Golan Heights Winery -The Boutique Revolution (1990-2000) A garagiste movement, and boom in the creation of smaller wineries (20,000 cases and fewer).
Geographic Regions/Appellation System
Located in the eastern Mediterranean, Israel runs vertically and has a multitude of climates and microclimates. It has geographical advantages of long days and plenty of sunshine, which allow grapes to ripen easily. There are currently five main designated appellations. From north to south, they are:
·      Galilee – Upper Galilee, Lower Galilee & Golan Heights. The largest production zone. A cooler growing region. In 1972, UC Davis Oenologist Cornelius Ough identified Golan Heights as a high quality growing region. Mixed soil types: volcanic with terra rose, flint, quarts and limestone. Contains the Golan Heights, the northernmost region, bordering Syria and Lebanon. A volcanic plateau with basalt and tuff soil with altitudes as high as 1,200 meters above see level.
·      Shomron – Mount Carmel, Sharon Plain & Shomron Hills
Where vineyards were first planted in the 1880’s. Predominantly limestone soil.
·      Samson – Central Coastal Plain, Judean Lowlands & Foothills
A coastal Mediterranean climate. The soils are sandy and terra rossa on the coast and limestone, alluvial clay and loam on the hills.
·      Judean Hills  – Jerusalem, Gush Etzion & Yatir Forest
Soils are thin, limey and stony. The highest mountains, at 800 meters above sea level, see snow in winter.
·      Negev – Ramat Arad & Negev Highlands
A desert region that makes up half of the country. Soils are sand, loam and limestone. The Negev has contributed Drip Irrigation to the world of wine.

Recent Accolades
Israeli wines are beginning to garner national recognition in the press and at trade competitions. Recent accolades include:
-Wine Spectator’s Top 100 (2014): Recanati Cabernet
-Vin Italy 2011, “World’s Best Wine Producer”: Golan Heights Winery
-Decanter Magazine’s World Wine Award, Wine of The Year: Carmel Kayoumi Single Vineyard Shiraz 2006
-Inclusion of 4 Israeli wineries (Flam, Clos de Gats, Domaine du Castel, and Tzora) out of 180 Iconic Wines of The World in Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate Matter of Taste Tour (2015)
-Wine Enthusiast Editor’s Choice 2015: Yarden Merlot 2011
-Many 90+ rated wines
Recommendations for further reading
-The Wine Route of Israel. By, Eliezer Sacks, Yaron Goldfisher, and Adam Montefiore
-Divine Vintage: Following The Wine Trail From Genesis to The Modern Age. By, Randall Heskett PhD & Joel Butler MW.
Wine in the Bible and the entire ancient world fulfills a social, economical, symbolic, and spiritual function, whether in Judaism, Christianity, or Dionysian cults. This rich heritage still looms presently in the life of growers, wine makers, and lovers of wine. By understanding how wine has evolved from the beginning of time to the present helps us to understand how the Bible Wine Trail still is fertile and again producing fine wines today.  (Butler & Heskett. Diving Vintage. 122)
-Rogov’s Guide to Israeli Wine 2011 – Daniel Rogov was Israel’s first Wine Critic, regarded as a critic who spoke to the people. He died in 2011 and is still beloved by the industry. This book is a good reference for tasting notes prior to 2011.
-Parkinson, Jane “Israel: East Med, not Mid East” Decanter Magazine (November 2012)
-Rudoren, Jodi “Israel Aims to Recreate Wine That Jesus and King David DrankNew York Times 29 November 2015).
-Wine Anorak, Jamie Goode’s wine blog: In Israel & Some top wine from Israel
-The most comprehensive source online for Israeli wine articles and video, and a directory of wineries: winesisrael.com 
- Israel Wineries Map A Google maps of over 300 wineries created by wine blogger Josie David. Yossie’s blog: yossiswinepage

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

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67 Wine & Spirits and Maison de Champagne Pierre Paillard have collaborated on a premier and exclusive bottling: Pierre Paillard Cuvée 67 Brut NV. With this limited edition cuvée, we are celebrating our commitment and love for Champagne. The emblematic blend of Pinot Noir 60% and Chardonnay 40% was personally selected by brothers Quentin and Antoine Paillard and myself and embodies the best Champagne has to offer. Pierre Paillard Cuvée 67 has been masterly blended and bottled in the cellars of Pierre Paillard with the vision to offer our customers a wine of superb quality and elegance.

But let's talk about Pierre Paillard and what makes their champagnes so unique and special. Maison Pierre Paillard are true Artisans du Champagne, a renowned grower house with eleven hectares of vines, all located in Grand Cru Bouzy. Paillard is unique in the area because of their high percentage of Chardonnay in a region known for Pinot Noir (40% Chardonnay/60% Pinot Noir). The winery has been in the family for eight generations, and they have been bottling under the Pierre Paillard name for four generations, so it's with great pleasure we offer our loyal customers a wine of superb quality and value.

Whether we like to admit it or not, the act of drinking champagne always evoke moments of joy. The truth is that the vast variety of styles could seem like a very daunting task to decipher, but that’s where the beauty of champagne lies. It's in finding the right style that's suits your palate, and understanding that not all champagnes are created equal, that I find the true essence of Champagne. Terroir, varietals, tradition and history all play a very important role in determining what makes a fine bottle of champagne. For all these reasons, I find it to be a great privilege to be able to work on this project, and offer all champagne lovers a wine of unique character, history and tradition.

Pierre Paillard Cuvée 67 Brut NV will able at 67 Wine and 67Wine.com starting Thursday, October 8th 2015. Price $39.99

 -Óscar Garcia, Champagne Buyer

Monday, August 24, 2015

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Tio Pepe En Rama Saca 2015 is pure poetry in a bottle. Every year I look forward to drinking a few bottles of this enchanting wine. Antonio Flores, Master Blender of Bodegas Gonzalez Byass, selected 60 casks from two of Tio Pepe's legendary Soleras to bottle this sixth edition of Tio Pepe En Rama. The term "En Rama" refers to the wine's purest state; that means "unfiltered" and "unclarified". Cask-to-bottle is a very labor intensive process for Master Blender Antonio Flores and his team, but as Antonio poetically puts it, "Nothing in life comes easy without effort and commitment".

The 2015 vintage of Tio Pepe En Rama is purely expressive, with notes of green olives, citrus, and great freshness and purity. The Palomino varietal and the terroir of Jerez take center stage in this wine. Antonios magical blending touch gives the wine balance and structure. Drink Tio Pepe En Rama with your favorite charcuterie, cheeses, and pates. As a wine drinker who enjoys the pleasures of a great bottle of wine, I encourage you to grab a bottle and discover this beautiful wine from the enigmatic land of Jerez.

Oscar Garcia

Wine Buyer

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Beaujolais Villages La Cuvee du Chat bottle
This wine takes easy drinking to the next level. La Cuvee du Chat shows pretty red-berry, floral aromas, and a touch of earthiness that you would expect from a Morgon. This Beaujolais possesses great poise and follow-through. At 12% alcohol, this Beaujolais from Jean-Claude Chanudet is easy to drink, especially with a slight chill. So don't be afraid to pop it in the fridge for up to 25 minutes! La Cuvée du Chat hails from a 2.5 hectare vineyard outside of Morgon, and is like the Cru in generosity and structure. From 80 year old vines which are hand harvested.

La Cuvee du Chat Label
Some details on La Cuvee du Chat from Jean Claude Chanudet: Carbonic maceration followed by natural yeast fermentation in enamel tanks. The wine then rests on its lees in foudre and is bottled with minimal sulfur. Top quality at a reasonable price; you don't have to like cats to dig this wine.

Sadie, Beaujolais Wine Buyer

Friday, August 7, 2015

Dark Horse Distillery stems from Kansas City with a simple philosophy; to make whiskeys that are "bold, hand-crafted with conviction, distilled with tradition, delivered with devotion." In a world saturated with "phantom" whiskey brands, celebrity endorsements and marketing gimmick; it is both refreshing and reassuring to come across a distillery with such conviction.

Family owned and operated and led by Master Distiller Patrick Garcia; Dark Horse sets out to embody the definition of "craft" spirits and their "GRAIN-TO-BOTTLE mantra is both unique and compelling. As a whiskey drinker, I greatly appreciate and enjoy drinking a whiskey that best expresses origin, tradition and commitment. Dark Horse Distillery is truly a dark horse in an industry lacking transparency.

Oscar, Spirits Buyer

Thursday, August 6, 2015

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La Scolca Estate
Made from 100% Cortese grape, this wine is produced by one of the most historic estates in the Piedmont region of Italy.  La Scolca, founded in 1919, is the first producer of quality Gavi. 50 hectares of vineyards are planted on the picturesque hills surrounding the family villa in the Rovereto Superiore region of the commune of Gavi, the "Grand Cru" terroir for Cortese grape. The Estate is run by the founder's great grandson, Giorgio Soldati, and his daughter Chiara, the fifth generation to lead.

La Scolca Gavi Label
Having the oldest vines (60 years +) in Piedmont and decades of family tradition & pioneering, La Scolca is recognized for making some of the most concentrated and complex wines. This La Scolca 'White Label' Gavi is an affordable everyday drinking wine made from younger vines, it also offers an enjoyable richness and complex flavors. The wine has a soft pale yellow color with flavors of lemon zest, blanched almonds, hint of flint and stone fruits. A refreshing wine with a lively mineral character and a delicious lasting finish. Pair with salads, light pasta dishes and fish dishes. This 2014 vintage marks their 95th Harvest.

Gavi wines have been produced in the region for many centuries and must be made in the Province of Alesandria 

Debra - Wine Buyer,  Half Bottles

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Alfredo Maestro burst into the wine world in 1998 with a vision to make wines that adhere to a very specific mantra: “Wine made with only grapes, well-kept vineyards, and healthy land.” His vision was unique and off-center, a complete opposite of the mass-marketed, homogenous wine culture of overripe, overly-oaked wines that dominated the landscape of Spanish wines during most 1990's and early 2000's.

After seeking out abandoned vineyards around Ribera del Duero and nearby Madrid; Alfredo Maestro set out to rehabilitate the vineyards, farm organically and work with specific varietals such Garnacha, Garnacha Tintorera and Albillo. Maestro's mantra is clearly written all over his wines, as he precisely defines his wines as "easy wines with character imprinted with the earth and the vintage, authentic stories transmitted differently each year and not modified by the hand of the man in the cellar."

El Rey Del Glam 2014 is a purely addictive expression of Alfredo's ingenuity and vision; made with 100% Garnacha from 30 year-old vines from Navalcarnero, a site just south of the city of Madrid. This Carbonic macerated Garnacha is a pure joy to drink. Deep hues of violet jump from the glass; a bouquet of sour cherries, kirsch and raspberry is seductively intoxicating. The finish is joyful as a long summer night. I strongly advise you to grab a bottle and take it with you to your next BBQ or Picnic.

Oscar, Spanish wine buyer

Other wines by Alfredo Maestro

Alfredo Maestro Vina Almate 2012

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Vinho Verdes like Quinta do Regueiro are a rare find.  high quality for value; characterful now, but has plenty of potential to age. Great Vinho Verde ages! Unlike most mass-produced Vinho Verdes that are fruity, cheep-and-cheerful and made bubbly with the addition of CO2, Quinta do Regueiro is not sparkling. Regueiro 100% Alvarinho Vinho Verde weaves richness and racy structure, and pronounced aromas of white peach, green apple, with a zesty, lemon- and mineral-driven palate.  creamy finish with plenty of acidity, length, and finesse. The depth of flavor in Regueiro is the legacy of grapevines up to 60 years old. So well woven with richness and lengthy acidity, this wine will develop in the bottle for a minimum of a decade. Great Vinho Verde ages!

Vinho Verdes like Regueiro's are a rare find: high quality for value; characterful now, but has plenty of potential to age. So well woven with richness and lengthy acidity, this wine will develop in the bottle for a minimum of a decade. It comes from the classic, and highest quality, Vinho Verde regions Monção and Melgaço in Northern Portugal. During fermentation this bottling spends 6 hours on its lees with regular batonage. The result is an elegant wine that balances freshness and creaminess. Will pair with any manner of seafood dish, chicken and cream sauces. Regueiro Alvarinho is gaining notoriety at wine competitions in Switzerland, The UK, Portugal and Germany.

Sadie, Portuguese wine buyer

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Fizz Fest continues with Austrian sparkling wines. Bart, our Austrian wine buyer has chosen 2 great sparklers from a region that should be known for its excellent and undervalued sparkling wines. Thhe Weingut Langmann Schilcher Sekt and the Meinklang Prosa Frizzante are festive wines that you might not normally try. So they are perfect selections for Fizz Fest's Wednesday tasting (4-7pm on July 8th) where we will pour bubbly from Austria, Germany, and Alsace.

Weingut Langmann Schilcher Sekt 2011

Schilcher Sekt is a dry, crisp, sparkling Rosé produced in the Weststeiermark region of southern Austria. Made exclusively from the Blauer Wildbacher grape, a close relative to Blaufränkisch, it offers effervescent flavors of fresh strawberries and ruby grapefruit with a balancing backbone of acidity. Stefan Langmann specializes in Schilcher Sekt. His 2011 is juicy and refreshing with bright berry fruit and elegant bubbles. It’s the perfect aperitif on a warm summer evening.

Meinklang Prosa Frizzante 2013

Meinklang is a Demeter certified Biodynamic family run estate located in the Burgenland of Austria. Many grape growers throughout the world follow some Biodynamic practices, which is a good thing for both the earth and its inhabitants. Meinklang, however, is fully Biodynamic, complete with animal husbandry and rich biodiversity, coming as close as possible to being a self-contained living farm organism and ecosystem.

The 2013 Meinklang Prosa is a Frizzante Pinot Noir. Frizzante means semi-sparkling and Pinot Noir gives it a charming bouquet of fresh berries. Think of it as a Prosecco with pretty color and alluring flavor. This is a crowd pleasing, off dry, low alcohol, fun to drink cocktail or before dinner wine that is delicious to sip and highly addictive!!

Bart, our Austrian wine buyer

Special Tasting Event, Wednesday June 8th
4pm to 7pm

Teutonic Sparklers: Austria, Germany & Alsace
At 67 Wine & Spirits, we love bubbles. Sparkling wines make any event special, but the world of sparkling wine far outreaches Champagne. To celebrate these sparkling wines from around the world, we throw a party. Fizz Fest gives us the opportunity to share our favorite bubbly across 4 days. On Wednesday, July 8th, we will pour sparkling wine from Austria, Germany and Alsace. To tempt you, here are two of the wines from Wednesday's tasting, selected by our wine buyer, Rand.

Dr. Lippold Sparkling Riesling

It may be hard for today’s Champagne lovers to imagine, but there was a time when German sparkling wines were all the rage. In the late 1800’s and through the beginning of the 20th Century Sparkling Riesling from the Mosel region, or Sekt as is it know in German, was wildly popular in the United States, and held in greater esteem than French Champagne. During this period Sparkling Mosel Riesling featured prominently on the finest wine lists such as the Waldorf Astoria, Grand Central Oyster Bar, St. Regis, and resorts like Mohonk Mountain and Saratoga Springs.

Today, charismatic veteran winemaker and consultant Dr. Enno Lippold, whom some of our customers recently had the good fortune to meet in our store, carries forward the tradition of great German Sparkling wine with his excellent Dr. Lippold Sparkling Riesling. This dry premium sparkler is made from selected vintage wines from the Mosel and aged 6 months on the lees to create complexity, and a rich, elegant mouthfeel. It boasts focused, bright apple and white berry aromas, and a broad, expansive palate that belies its exceptionally reasonable price.

Domaine Valentin Zusslin Cremant d’Alsace Brut Zero

The vineyards of Domaine Zusslin have been in the same family since 1691, and are run today by the brother and sister team of Marie and Jean Paul Zusslin. The winery is based in the Alsatian town of Orschwihr and the vines are planted on the area’s bucolic hillsides. In some regards the 13th generation of Zusslins aren’t doing things so much differently than the first when it comes to their wines. Since 1997 the domaine has been following Biodynamic practices, ensuring that no synthetic chemicals or treatments are used in the vineyard, and much of the work in the vineyard and cellar is still done by hand. Only indigenous yeasts are used in the fermentation process, and very little if any sulfur is added at bottling to preserve the wines. This hands-off philosophy creates wines full of vitality and the greatest expression of their environment.

Among Zusslin’s wines, in my estimation, the Cremant Brut Zero Sans Soufre is a true standout. As the name implies, this sparkling beauty is bone dry with no sweetener added at bottling, and to the joy of those of you seeking the ever elusive low-sulfite wines, free of any added sulfites. It features both power and elegance with aromas and flavors of quince and citrus, backed by a nervy mineral streak and racy, balanced acidity. This is a great wine to go to if you want to venture outside of the Champagne region for some of France’s best and most elegant bubbly. Just like Champagne, it is made by the traditional method, which requires secondary fermentation in the bottle, and from Chardonnay grapes, but with the regionally unique addition of Pinot Auxerrois and Pinot Gris. The crisp elegance of Zusslin Cremant makes it a great aperitif or the perfect match for sushi, sashimi, oysters, and other seafood.

Rand, our German and Alsace wine buyer

FizzFest 2015
Special Tasting Event, Wednesday June 8th
4pm to 7pm

Teutonic Sparklers: Austria, Germany & Alsace

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Domaine Lafond Tavel Rose
Domaine Lafond Roc-Epine is one Rhone Valley's finest producers making beautiful wine in Lirac, Cotes-du-Rhone, Chateauneuf-du-Pape and Tavel. The Tavel A.O.C., also referred to as “Le Roi des Rosés,” or “ The King of Rosés,” because it is the only appellation in the region producing only Rosés. Rosés from Tavel are noted for their tremendous value, producing quality roses that rival other regions on price. Tavel Rosés are made from Grenache, Cinsault, Mourvedre, Carignan and Syrah, and may vary in color from light salmon pink to deep pink.

Domaine Lafond Vineyard
The scenic area of Tavel itself is nestled in the southern Rhone valley is not only known for it's picturesque countryside and fascinating history but it's stunning value Rosés which are unique and a true expression of terroir. The region of Tavel was settled as far back as the 5th century B.C., and the family run estate in Tavel has been around since the late 18th century. The current vineyards are certified 100% Biodynamic.

Domain Lafond Roc-Epine Tavel Rosé 2014 wine is medium bodied displaying a deep pink hue. An inviting bouquet of complex aromas: rich in flavors of dark red fruits, rhubarb, spice, herb, hint of white peach and a nice lingering finish. It's a Rose that can be enjoyed year round and it's a heartier style making it an ideal accompaniment  for food especially BBQ, grilled meats and pizza. Try this wine at your next afternoon outing. After all 'A Rose by any other name is not the same.'
~Debra, Half Bottle buyer

Looking for a gt Domaine Lafond Roc-Epine Tavel Rosé in 375 ml half bottles?