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A Tasty Quartet From Israel’s Galil Mountain Winery

A Tasty Quartet From Israel’s Galil Mountain Winery


More and more wines from emerging regions are hitting American shelves. Over dinner recently, at Bar Bolonat in NYC, with winemaker Micha Vaadia I tasted a selection of the wines from Galil Mountain. This winery located in the hills of Galilee is producing non-Mevushal kosher wines. The difference between Mevushal and non-Mevushal comes down to production methodology dictated by religious laws. Mevushal wines are flash-pasteurized, which, in my opinion, inextricably alters the flavor. Non-Mevushal have stricter production methods as each step of the process from the point the grapes are brought into the winery need to be handled by a practicing Jew. However, they are not pasteurized and therefore the wine isn’t altered. I firmly believe Non-Mevushal wines are the way to go when it comes to having a genuine wine experience. Of course, peoples differing religious beliefs may dictate which they drink.

Though, for those who aren’t keeping kosher, the certification of these wines is wholly unimportant. What is important is that they’re tasty, well-made wines that are also reasonably priced. I also found each of the wines from Galil Mountain to be loaded with typicity for the varieties in question and they clearly exhibit a sense of place. Galil Mountain farms their vineyards sustainably and holds the sanctity of their land in high regard. In short, these are really interesting and flavorful wines you should reach for.

Galil Mountain Viognier 2014 ($18)

This wine was produced entirely from viognier sourced in a single vineyard. Fermentation took place in a combination of stainless steel (80 percent) and French oak (20 percent). Apricot and lychee fruit aromas are present on the nose. The palate shows off papaya, orange zest, and bits of toasted almond. Limestone, lemon, and a bit of a honey are all present on the above average finish. This is a fairly new variety for Israel and Galil Mountain Winery is doing a terrific job with it. Too many examples of viognier are over the top and way too intense. This offering is loaded with fresh fruit balanced by zippy acid. I really struggled to stop drinking this so I could move on to the next wine.

Galil Mountain Rosé 2014 ($12)

This selection is composed of sangiovese (74 percent), pinot poir (23 percent), and grenache (three percent). This rosé was made in a combination of methods. The sangiovese was treated like a white wine from the outset while the pinot noir and grenache were bled off of red wine productions. The moment you pour this rosé into your glass, it grabs your attention with its candied apple hue. Ripe, red cherry notes explode from the nose. The palate is loaded with strawberry and cherry flavors tinged by bits of vanilla and white pepper. Sour red fruits such as cranberry and pomegranate are in play on the finish which is long, lovely, and dry. Hints of savory herbs are present as well. Enjoying a good, dry rosé is one of the great joys of the warm months. Galil Mountain’s example is delicious and remarkably well price at $12. Buy a case and drink it all summer.

Galil Mountain Alon 2011 ($22)

Alon is a blend of cabernet sauvignon (59 percent), syrah (27 percent), petit verdot (seven percent), and cabernet franc (seven percent). After fermentation this wine was aged in French oak for a year. Dark fruits such as blackberry and raspberry fill the big, somewhat booming nose. Hints of savory herbs, smoked meats, and more play nicely alongside a cornucopia of dark fruit flavors. The palate is fruity, gentle, and ultimately dry. Black tea and bits of Earth are present on the solid finish. This wine is made in a style that is approachable and easy to drink upon release. However, don’t confuse that with simplicity; there’s plenty going on here and it’s a lovely and charming wine for the money.

Galil Mountain Yiron 2012 ($28)

Yiron is a blend of cabernet sauvignon (51 percent), merlot (33 percent), petit verdot (nine percent), and syrah (seven percent). After fermentation, this wine spent 16 months aging in French oak. While this blend varies year to year, cabernet sauvignon and merlot are most often the foundation. Red fruit aromas explode from the nose here with bits of spice present as well. Cinnamon, clove, and black pepper are omnipresent on the palate alongside oodles of red and black fruit characteristics. Bits of Earth and continued dark fruits fill out the velvety finish. Firm tannins and acid provide terrific structure. Yiron is delicious now, but it’ll be even better with a couple of additional years of bottle age.


Culinary Adventures with Camilla

The Wine Pairing Weekend - #WinePW - group was offered the chance to explore wines from Yarden Wines* which represents two wineries: Golan Heights Winery and Galil Mountain Winery as well as a Yarden Wines label. Our bloggers were lucky enough to receive a variety of samples from these labels.

You can read Jeff's preview post: here. But the if you are reading this early enough, feel free to jump in on our May bonus Twitter chat. We'll be live on Saturday, May 23rd at 8am Pacific time for about an hour. Follow the hashtag #WinePW and be sure to add that to your tweets if you chime in so that we can see it. In the meantime, here are the posts that the bloggers have planned. They will all go live between Friday, May 22nd and early on Saturday morning before the chat. Cheers!

  • Terri at Our Good Life pairs Grilled Mahi Mahi and Gilgal Sauvignon Blanc.
  • Gwendolyn at Wine Predator posts The Eternal Light Shines in Galilee: Yarden Merlot, Pinot Gris.
  • Wendy at A Day in the Life on the Farm matches Lamb Stuffed Eggplant and a perfect Wine from Galilee.
  • Deanna at Asian Test Kitchen offers Yarden Wines Paired with Japanese Surf ‘nTurf.
  • Rupal at Syrah Queen is Off the Beaten Path – Two Wines From Israel’s Galilee Appellation.
  • Linda at My Full Wine Glass writes Of Israeli Wines, Long-ago Memories,and Harvey’s Takeout.
  • David at Cooking Chat shares Pairings for Gilgal Sauvignon Blanc from Israel.
  • Payal at Keep the Peas pairs Israeli Wine with the Diverse Cuisine of the Diaspora.
  • Nicole at Somm's Table pours Memories of Golan Heights Winery with a Side of Meatball Shakshuka, Part I. part two coming soon.
  • Jennifer at Vino Travels writes Pairings with Wines from Israel.
  • Camilla at Culinary Adventures with Camilla matches Peppered Brisket, Honeyed Onions, and the 2016 Galil Mountain 'Ela'.
  • Pinny of Chinese Food and Wine Pairings is Enjoying Gilgal Cab Sauvignon - Merlot and Yarden Pinot Gris with Grilled Wagyu Steak, Alaska Sockeye Salmon and Poke Ahi Tuna Bowl.
  • Susannah of Avvinare is Visiting Israel for Memorial Day Through Yarden Wines.
  • Jeff at Food Wine Click! has a Two Fisted Wine Pairing with YardenWines.

Israel's location placed it on a historic trading route between Mesopotamia and Egypt. And, in addition to goods, that commerce brought winemaking know-to to the area. During the Roman empire, wine from Israel was exported to Rome. In fact, historically Israeli wine has almost always left the area when the Egyptians ruled the region, taxes were often paid in the form of wine.

I received two bottles of wine from Yarden Wines - this 2016 Galil Mountain 'Ela' and a 2019 Gilgal Sauvignon Blanc. You'll see the Sauvignon Blanc paired with an elderflower cake with strawberry buttercream soon! But here's a photo as a sneak peak.

This post, however, focuses on the 'Ela' from Galil Mountain Winery which is located in the Upper Galilee mountain range. Galil's chief winemaker, Micha Vaadia, was trained as an electrical engineer before he moved to studying horticulture. After earning his bachelor's degree, Vaadia went on to attend the enology program at the University of California at Davis. And, before returning to his native Israel, he held winemaking positions in California, New Zealand, and Argentina.

Wanting to play on the hints of pepper and clove in the wine, I decided to make an oven-roasted pepper-rubbed beef brisket. This is one of my favorite ways to prepare brisket as it's largely hands off and the result is simply mouth-watering. I pulled out the collection of peppercorns that D had gotten in his stocking for Christmas.


Culinary Adventures with Camilla

The Wine Pairing Weekend - #WinePW - group was offered the chance to explore wines from Yarden Wines* which represents two wineries: Golan Heights Winery and Galil Mountain Winery as well as a Yarden Wines label. Our bloggers were lucky enough to receive a variety of samples from these labels.

You can read Jeff's preview post: here. But the if you are reading this early enough, feel free to jump in on our May bonus Twitter chat. We'll be live on Saturday, May 23rd at 8am Pacific time for about an hour. Follow the hashtag #WinePW and be sure to add that to your tweets if you chime in so that we can see it. In the meantime, here are the posts that the bloggers have planned. They will all go live between Friday, May 22nd and early on Saturday morning before the chat. Cheers!

  • Terri at Our Good Life pairs Grilled Mahi Mahi and Gilgal Sauvignon Blanc.
  • Gwendolyn at Wine Predator posts The Eternal Light Shines in Galilee: Yarden Merlot, Pinot Gris.
  • Wendy at A Day in the Life on the Farm matches Lamb Stuffed Eggplant and a perfect Wine from Galilee.
  • Deanna at Asian Test Kitchen offers Yarden Wines Paired with Japanese Surf ‘nTurf.
  • Rupal at Syrah Queen is Off the Beaten Path – Two Wines From Israel’s Galilee Appellation.
  • Linda at My Full Wine Glass writes Of Israeli Wines, Long-ago Memories,and Harvey’s Takeout.
  • David at Cooking Chat shares Pairings for Gilgal Sauvignon Blanc from Israel.
  • Payal at Keep the Peas pairs Israeli Wine with the Diverse Cuisine of the Diaspora.
  • Nicole at Somm's Table pours Memories of Golan Heights Winery with a Side of Meatball Shakshuka, Part I. part two coming soon.
  • Jennifer at Vino Travels writes Pairings with Wines from Israel.
  • Camilla at Culinary Adventures with Camilla matches Peppered Brisket, Honeyed Onions, and the 2016 Galil Mountain 'Ela'.
  • Pinny of Chinese Food and Wine Pairings is Enjoying Gilgal Cab Sauvignon - Merlot and Yarden Pinot Gris with Grilled Wagyu Steak, Alaska Sockeye Salmon and Poke Ahi Tuna Bowl.
  • Susannah of Avvinare is Visiting Israel for Memorial Day Through Yarden Wines.
  • Jeff at Food Wine Click! has a Two Fisted Wine Pairing with YardenWines.

Israel's location placed it on a historic trading route between Mesopotamia and Egypt. And, in addition to goods, that commerce brought winemaking know-to to the area. During the Roman empire, wine from Israel was exported to Rome. In fact, historically Israeli wine has almost always left the area when the Egyptians ruled the region, taxes were often paid in the form of wine.

I received two bottles of wine from Yarden Wines - this 2016 Galil Mountain 'Ela' and a 2019 Gilgal Sauvignon Blanc. You'll see the Sauvignon Blanc paired with an elderflower cake with strawberry buttercream soon! But here's a photo as a sneak peak.

This post, however, focuses on the 'Ela' from Galil Mountain Winery which is located in the Upper Galilee mountain range. Galil's chief winemaker, Micha Vaadia, was trained as an electrical engineer before he moved to studying horticulture. After earning his bachelor's degree, Vaadia went on to attend the enology program at the University of California at Davis. And, before returning to his native Israel, he held winemaking positions in California, New Zealand, and Argentina.

Wanting to play on the hints of pepper and clove in the wine, I decided to make an oven-roasted pepper-rubbed beef brisket. This is one of my favorite ways to prepare brisket as it's largely hands off and the result is simply mouth-watering. I pulled out the collection of peppercorns that D had gotten in his stocking for Christmas.


Culinary Adventures with Camilla

The Wine Pairing Weekend - #WinePW - group was offered the chance to explore wines from Yarden Wines* which represents two wineries: Golan Heights Winery and Galil Mountain Winery as well as a Yarden Wines label. Our bloggers were lucky enough to receive a variety of samples from these labels.

You can read Jeff's preview post: here. But the if you are reading this early enough, feel free to jump in on our May bonus Twitter chat. We'll be live on Saturday, May 23rd at 8am Pacific time for about an hour. Follow the hashtag #WinePW and be sure to add that to your tweets if you chime in so that we can see it. In the meantime, here are the posts that the bloggers have planned. They will all go live between Friday, May 22nd and early on Saturday morning before the chat. Cheers!

  • Terri at Our Good Life pairs Grilled Mahi Mahi and Gilgal Sauvignon Blanc.
  • Gwendolyn at Wine Predator posts The Eternal Light Shines in Galilee: Yarden Merlot, Pinot Gris.
  • Wendy at A Day in the Life on the Farm matches Lamb Stuffed Eggplant and a perfect Wine from Galilee.
  • Deanna at Asian Test Kitchen offers Yarden Wines Paired with Japanese Surf ‘nTurf.
  • Rupal at Syrah Queen is Off the Beaten Path – Two Wines From Israel’s Galilee Appellation.
  • Linda at My Full Wine Glass writes Of Israeli Wines, Long-ago Memories,and Harvey’s Takeout.
  • David at Cooking Chat shares Pairings for Gilgal Sauvignon Blanc from Israel.
  • Payal at Keep the Peas pairs Israeli Wine with the Diverse Cuisine of the Diaspora.
  • Nicole at Somm's Table pours Memories of Golan Heights Winery with a Side of Meatball Shakshuka, Part I. part two coming soon.
  • Jennifer at Vino Travels writes Pairings with Wines from Israel.
  • Camilla at Culinary Adventures with Camilla matches Peppered Brisket, Honeyed Onions, and the 2016 Galil Mountain 'Ela'.
  • Pinny of Chinese Food and Wine Pairings is Enjoying Gilgal Cab Sauvignon - Merlot and Yarden Pinot Gris with Grilled Wagyu Steak, Alaska Sockeye Salmon and Poke Ahi Tuna Bowl.
  • Susannah of Avvinare is Visiting Israel for Memorial Day Through Yarden Wines.
  • Jeff at Food Wine Click! has a Two Fisted Wine Pairing with YardenWines.

Israel's location placed it on a historic trading route between Mesopotamia and Egypt. And, in addition to goods, that commerce brought winemaking know-to to the area. During the Roman empire, wine from Israel was exported to Rome. In fact, historically Israeli wine has almost always left the area when the Egyptians ruled the region, taxes were often paid in the form of wine.

I received two bottles of wine from Yarden Wines - this 2016 Galil Mountain 'Ela' and a 2019 Gilgal Sauvignon Blanc. You'll see the Sauvignon Blanc paired with an elderflower cake with strawberry buttercream soon! But here's a photo as a sneak peak.

This post, however, focuses on the 'Ela' from Galil Mountain Winery which is located in the Upper Galilee mountain range. Galil's chief winemaker, Micha Vaadia, was trained as an electrical engineer before he moved to studying horticulture. After earning his bachelor's degree, Vaadia went on to attend the enology program at the University of California at Davis. And, before returning to his native Israel, he held winemaking positions in California, New Zealand, and Argentina.

Wanting to play on the hints of pepper and clove in the wine, I decided to make an oven-roasted pepper-rubbed beef brisket. This is one of my favorite ways to prepare brisket as it's largely hands off and the result is simply mouth-watering. I pulled out the collection of peppercorns that D had gotten in his stocking for Christmas.


Culinary Adventures with Camilla

The Wine Pairing Weekend - #WinePW - group was offered the chance to explore wines from Yarden Wines* which represents two wineries: Golan Heights Winery and Galil Mountain Winery as well as a Yarden Wines label. Our bloggers were lucky enough to receive a variety of samples from these labels.

You can read Jeff's preview post: here. But the if you are reading this early enough, feel free to jump in on our May bonus Twitter chat. We'll be live on Saturday, May 23rd at 8am Pacific time for about an hour. Follow the hashtag #WinePW and be sure to add that to your tweets if you chime in so that we can see it. In the meantime, here are the posts that the bloggers have planned. They will all go live between Friday, May 22nd and early on Saturday morning before the chat. Cheers!

  • Terri at Our Good Life pairs Grilled Mahi Mahi and Gilgal Sauvignon Blanc.
  • Gwendolyn at Wine Predator posts The Eternal Light Shines in Galilee: Yarden Merlot, Pinot Gris.
  • Wendy at A Day in the Life on the Farm matches Lamb Stuffed Eggplant and a perfect Wine from Galilee.
  • Deanna at Asian Test Kitchen offers Yarden Wines Paired with Japanese Surf ‘nTurf.
  • Rupal at Syrah Queen is Off the Beaten Path – Two Wines From Israel’s Galilee Appellation.
  • Linda at My Full Wine Glass writes Of Israeli Wines, Long-ago Memories,and Harvey’s Takeout.
  • David at Cooking Chat shares Pairings for Gilgal Sauvignon Blanc from Israel.
  • Payal at Keep the Peas pairs Israeli Wine with the Diverse Cuisine of the Diaspora.
  • Nicole at Somm's Table pours Memories of Golan Heights Winery with a Side of Meatball Shakshuka, Part I. part two coming soon.
  • Jennifer at Vino Travels writes Pairings with Wines from Israel.
  • Camilla at Culinary Adventures with Camilla matches Peppered Brisket, Honeyed Onions, and the 2016 Galil Mountain 'Ela'.
  • Pinny of Chinese Food and Wine Pairings is Enjoying Gilgal Cab Sauvignon - Merlot and Yarden Pinot Gris with Grilled Wagyu Steak, Alaska Sockeye Salmon and Poke Ahi Tuna Bowl.
  • Susannah of Avvinare is Visiting Israel for Memorial Day Through Yarden Wines.
  • Jeff at Food Wine Click! has a Two Fisted Wine Pairing with YardenWines.

Israel's location placed it on a historic trading route between Mesopotamia and Egypt. And, in addition to goods, that commerce brought winemaking know-to to the area. During the Roman empire, wine from Israel was exported to Rome. In fact, historically Israeli wine has almost always left the area when the Egyptians ruled the region, taxes were often paid in the form of wine.

I received two bottles of wine from Yarden Wines - this 2016 Galil Mountain 'Ela' and a 2019 Gilgal Sauvignon Blanc. You'll see the Sauvignon Blanc paired with an elderflower cake with strawberry buttercream soon! But here's a photo as a sneak peak.

This post, however, focuses on the 'Ela' from Galil Mountain Winery which is located in the Upper Galilee mountain range. Galil's chief winemaker, Micha Vaadia, was trained as an electrical engineer before he moved to studying horticulture. After earning his bachelor's degree, Vaadia went on to attend the enology program at the University of California at Davis. And, before returning to his native Israel, he held winemaking positions in California, New Zealand, and Argentina.

Wanting to play on the hints of pepper and clove in the wine, I decided to make an oven-roasted pepper-rubbed beef brisket. This is one of my favorite ways to prepare brisket as it's largely hands off and the result is simply mouth-watering. I pulled out the collection of peppercorns that D had gotten in his stocking for Christmas.


Culinary Adventures with Camilla

The Wine Pairing Weekend - #WinePW - group was offered the chance to explore wines from Yarden Wines* which represents two wineries: Golan Heights Winery and Galil Mountain Winery as well as a Yarden Wines label. Our bloggers were lucky enough to receive a variety of samples from these labels.

You can read Jeff's preview post: here. But the if you are reading this early enough, feel free to jump in on our May bonus Twitter chat. We'll be live on Saturday, May 23rd at 8am Pacific time for about an hour. Follow the hashtag #WinePW and be sure to add that to your tweets if you chime in so that we can see it. In the meantime, here are the posts that the bloggers have planned. They will all go live between Friday, May 22nd and early on Saturday morning before the chat. Cheers!

  • Terri at Our Good Life pairs Grilled Mahi Mahi and Gilgal Sauvignon Blanc.
  • Gwendolyn at Wine Predator posts The Eternal Light Shines in Galilee: Yarden Merlot, Pinot Gris.
  • Wendy at A Day in the Life on the Farm matches Lamb Stuffed Eggplant and a perfect Wine from Galilee.
  • Deanna at Asian Test Kitchen offers Yarden Wines Paired with Japanese Surf ‘nTurf.
  • Rupal at Syrah Queen is Off the Beaten Path – Two Wines From Israel’s Galilee Appellation.
  • Linda at My Full Wine Glass writes Of Israeli Wines, Long-ago Memories,and Harvey’s Takeout.
  • David at Cooking Chat shares Pairings for Gilgal Sauvignon Blanc from Israel.
  • Payal at Keep the Peas pairs Israeli Wine with the Diverse Cuisine of the Diaspora.
  • Nicole at Somm's Table pours Memories of Golan Heights Winery with a Side of Meatball Shakshuka, Part I. part two coming soon.
  • Jennifer at Vino Travels writes Pairings with Wines from Israel.
  • Camilla at Culinary Adventures with Camilla matches Peppered Brisket, Honeyed Onions, and the 2016 Galil Mountain 'Ela'.
  • Pinny of Chinese Food and Wine Pairings is Enjoying Gilgal Cab Sauvignon - Merlot and Yarden Pinot Gris with Grilled Wagyu Steak, Alaska Sockeye Salmon and Poke Ahi Tuna Bowl.
  • Susannah of Avvinare is Visiting Israel for Memorial Day Through Yarden Wines.
  • Jeff at Food Wine Click! has a Two Fisted Wine Pairing with YardenWines.

Israel's location placed it on a historic trading route between Mesopotamia and Egypt. And, in addition to goods, that commerce brought winemaking know-to to the area. During the Roman empire, wine from Israel was exported to Rome. In fact, historically Israeli wine has almost always left the area when the Egyptians ruled the region, taxes were often paid in the form of wine.

I received two bottles of wine from Yarden Wines - this 2016 Galil Mountain 'Ela' and a 2019 Gilgal Sauvignon Blanc. You'll see the Sauvignon Blanc paired with an elderflower cake with strawberry buttercream soon! But here's a photo as a sneak peak.

This post, however, focuses on the 'Ela' from Galil Mountain Winery which is located in the Upper Galilee mountain range. Galil's chief winemaker, Micha Vaadia, was trained as an electrical engineer before he moved to studying horticulture. After earning his bachelor's degree, Vaadia went on to attend the enology program at the University of California at Davis. And, before returning to his native Israel, he held winemaking positions in California, New Zealand, and Argentina.

Wanting to play on the hints of pepper and clove in the wine, I decided to make an oven-roasted pepper-rubbed beef brisket. This is one of my favorite ways to prepare brisket as it's largely hands off and the result is simply mouth-watering. I pulled out the collection of peppercorns that D had gotten in his stocking for Christmas.


Culinary Adventures with Camilla

The Wine Pairing Weekend - #WinePW - group was offered the chance to explore wines from Yarden Wines* which represents two wineries: Golan Heights Winery and Galil Mountain Winery as well as a Yarden Wines label. Our bloggers were lucky enough to receive a variety of samples from these labels.

You can read Jeff's preview post: here. But the if you are reading this early enough, feel free to jump in on our May bonus Twitter chat. We'll be live on Saturday, May 23rd at 8am Pacific time for about an hour. Follow the hashtag #WinePW and be sure to add that to your tweets if you chime in so that we can see it. In the meantime, here are the posts that the bloggers have planned. They will all go live between Friday, May 22nd and early on Saturday morning before the chat. Cheers!

  • Terri at Our Good Life pairs Grilled Mahi Mahi and Gilgal Sauvignon Blanc.
  • Gwendolyn at Wine Predator posts The Eternal Light Shines in Galilee: Yarden Merlot, Pinot Gris.
  • Wendy at A Day in the Life on the Farm matches Lamb Stuffed Eggplant and a perfect Wine from Galilee.
  • Deanna at Asian Test Kitchen offers Yarden Wines Paired with Japanese Surf ‘nTurf.
  • Rupal at Syrah Queen is Off the Beaten Path – Two Wines From Israel’s Galilee Appellation.
  • Linda at My Full Wine Glass writes Of Israeli Wines, Long-ago Memories,and Harvey’s Takeout.
  • David at Cooking Chat shares Pairings for Gilgal Sauvignon Blanc from Israel.
  • Payal at Keep the Peas pairs Israeli Wine with the Diverse Cuisine of the Diaspora.
  • Nicole at Somm's Table pours Memories of Golan Heights Winery with a Side of Meatball Shakshuka, Part I. part two coming soon.
  • Jennifer at Vino Travels writes Pairings with Wines from Israel.
  • Camilla at Culinary Adventures with Camilla matches Peppered Brisket, Honeyed Onions, and the 2016 Galil Mountain 'Ela'.
  • Pinny of Chinese Food and Wine Pairings is Enjoying Gilgal Cab Sauvignon - Merlot and Yarden Pinot Gris with Grilled Wagyu Steak, Alaska Sockeye Salmon and Poke Ahi Tuna Bowl.
  • Susannah of Avvinare is Visiting Israel for Memorial Day Through Yarden Wines.
  • Jeff at Food Wine Click! has a Two Fisted Wine Pairing with YardenWines.

Israel's location placed it on a historic trading route between Mesopotamia and Egypt. And, in addition to goods, that commerce brought winemaking know-to to the area. During the Roman empire, wine from Israel was exported to Rome. In fact, historically Israeli wine has almost always left the area when the Egyptians ruled the region, taxes were often paid in the form of wine.

I received two bottles of wine from Yarden Wines - this 2016 Galil Mountain 'Ela' and a 2019 Gilgal Sauvignon Blanc. You'll see the Sauvignon Blanc paired with an elderflower cake with strawberry buttercream soon! But here's a photo as a sneak peak.

This post, however, focuses on the 'Ela' from Galil Mountain Winery which is located in the Upper Galilee mountain range. Galil's chief winemaker, Micha Vaadia, was trained as an electrical engineer before he moved to studying horticulture. After earning his bachelor's degree, Vaadia went on to attend the enology program at the University of California at Davis. And, before returning to his native Israel, he held winemaking positions in California, New Zealand, and Argentina.

Wanting to play on the hints of pepper and clove in the wine, I decided to make an oven-roasted pepper-rubbed beef brisket. This is one of my favorite ways to prepare brisket as it's largely hands off and the result is simply mouth-watering. I pulled out the collection of peppercorns that D had gotten in his stocking for Christmas.


Culinary Adventures with Camilla

The Wine Pairing Weekend - #WinePW - group was offered the chance to explore wines from Yarden Wines* which represents two wineries: Golan Heights Winery and Galil Mountain Winery as well as a Yarden Wines label. Our bloggers were lucky enough to receive a variety of samples from these labels.

You can read Jeff's preview post: here. But the if you are reading this early enough, feel free to jump in on our May bonus Twitter chat. We'll be live on Saturday, May 23rd at 8am Pacific time for about an hour. Follow the hashtag #WinePW and be sure to add that to your tweets if you chime in so that we can see it. In the meantime, here are the posts that the bloggers have planned. They will all go live between Friday, May 22nd and early on Saturday morning before the chat. Cheers!

  • Terri at Our Good Life pairs Grilled Mahi Mahi and Gilgal Sauvignon Blanc.
  • Gwendolyn at Wine Predator posts The Eternal Light Shines in Galilee: Yarden Merlot, Pinot Gris.
  • Wendy at A Day in the Life on the Farm matches Lamb Stuffed Eggplant and a perfect Wine from Galilee.
  • Deanna at Asian Test Kitchen offers Yarden Wines Paired with Japanese Surf ‘nTurf.
  • Rupal at Syrah Queen is Off the Beaten Path – Two Wines From Israel’s Galilee Appellation.
  • Linda at My Full Wine Glass writes Of Israeli Wines, Long-ago Memories,and Harvey’s Takeout.
  • David at Cooking Chat shares Pairings for Gilgal Sauvignon Blanc from Israel.
  • Payal at Keep the Peas pairs Israeli Wine with the Diverse Cuisine of the Diaspora.
  • Nicole at Somm's Table pours Memories of Golan Heights Winery with a Side of Meatball Shakshuka, Part I. part two coming soon.
  • Jennifer at Vino Travels writes Pairings with Wines from Israel.
  • Camilla at Culinary Adventures with Camilla matches Peppered Brisket, Honeyed Onions, and the 2016 Galil Mountain 'Ela'.
  • Pinny of Chinese Food and Wine Pairings is Enjoying Gilgal Cab Sauvignon - Merlot and Yarden Pinot Gris with Grilled Wagyu Steak, Alaska Sockeye Salmon and Poke Ahi Tuna Bowl.
  • Susannah of Avvinare is Visiting Israel for Memorial Day Through Yarden Wines.
  • Jeff at Food Wine Click! has a Two Fisted Wine Pairing with YardenWines.

Israel's location placed it on a historic trading route between Mesopotamia and Egypt. And, in addition to goods, that commerce brought winemaking know-to to the area. During the Roman empire, wine from Israel was exported to Rome. In fact, historically Israeli wine has almost always left the area when the Egyptians ruled the region, taxes were often paid in the form of wine.

I received two bottles of wine from Yarden Wines - this 2016 Galil Mountain 'Ela' and a 2019 Gilgal Sauvignon Blanc. You'll see the Sauvignon Blanc paired with an elderflower cake with strawberry buttercream soon! But here's a photo as a sneak peak.

This post, however, focuses on the 'Ela' from Galil Mountain Winery which is located in the Upper Galilee mountain range. Galil's chief winemaker, Micha Vaadia, was trained as an electrical engineer before he moved to studying horticulture. After earning his bachelor's degree, Vaadia went on to attend the enology program at the University of California at Davis. And, before returning to his native Israel, he held winemaking positions in California, New Zealand, and Argentina.

Wanting to play on the hints of pepper and clove in the wine, I decided to make an oven-roasted pepper-rubbed beef brisket. This is one of my favorite ways to prepare brisket as it's largely hands off and the result is simply mouth-watering. I pulled out the collection of peppercorns that D had gotten in his stocking for Christmas.


Culinary Adventures with Camilla

The Wine Pairing Weekend - #WinePW - group was offered the chance to explore wines from Yarden Wines* which represents two wineries: Golan Heights Winery and Galil Mountain Winery as well as a Yarden Wines label. Our bloggers were lucky enough to receive a variety of samples from these labels.

You can read Jeff's preview post: here. But the if you are reading this early enough, feel free to jump in on our May bonus Twitter chat. We'll be live on Saturday, May 23rd at 8am Pacific time for about an hour. Follow the hashtag #WinePW and be sure to add that to your tweets if you chime in so that we can see it. In the meantime, here are the posts that the bloggers have planned. They will all go live between Friday, May 22nd and early on Saturday morning before the chat. Cheers!

  • Terri at Our Good Life pairs Grilled Mahi Mahi and Gilgal Sauvignon Blanc.
  • Gwendolyn at Wine Predator posts The Eternal Light Shines in Galilee: Yarden Merlot, Pinot Gris.
  • Wendy at A Day in the Life on the Farm matches Lamb Stuffed Eggplant and a perfect Wine from Galilee.
  • Deanna at Asian Test Kitchen offers Yarden Wines Paired with Japanese Surf ‘nTurf.
  • Rupal at Syrah Queen is Off the Beaten Path – Two Wines From Israel’s Galilee Appellation.
  • Linda at My Full Wine Glass writes Of Israeli Wines, Long-ago Memories,and Harvey’s Takeout.
  • David at Cooking Chat shares Pairings for Gilgal Sauvignon Blanc from Israel.
  • Payal at Keep the Peas pairs Israeli Wine with the Diverse Cuisine of the Diaspora.
  • Nicole at Somm's Table pours Memories of Golan Heights Winery with a Side of Meatball Shakshuka, Part I. part two coming soon.
  • Jennifer at Vino Travels writes Pairings with Wines from Israel.
  • Camilla at Culinary Adventures with Camilla matches Peppered Brisket, Honeyed Onions, and the 2016 Galil Mountain 'Ela'.
  • Pinny of Chinese Food and Wine Pairings is Enjoying Gilgal Cab Sauvignon - Merlot and Yarden Pinot Gris with Grilled Wagyu Steak, Alaska Sockeye Salmon and Poke Ahi Tuna Bowl.
  • Susannah of Avvinare is Visiting Israel for Memorial Day Through Yarden Wines.
  • Jeff at Food Wine Click! has a Two Fisted Wine Pairing with YardenWines.

Israel's location placed it on a historic trading route between Mesopotamia and Egypt. And, in addition to goods, that commerce brought winemaking know-to to the area. During the Roman empire, wine from Israel was exported to Rome. In fact, historically Israeli wine has almost always left the area when the Egyptians ruled the region, taxes were often paid in the form of wine.

I received two bottles of wine from Yarden Wines - this 2016 Galil Mountain 'Ela' and a 2019 Gilgal Sauvignon Blanc. You'll see the Sauvignon Blanc paired with an elderflower cake with strawberry buttercream soon! But here's a photo as a sneak peak.

This post, however, focuses on the 'Ela' from Galil Mountain Winery which is located in the Upper Galilee mountain range. Galil's chief winemaker, Micha Vaadia, was trained as an electrical engineer before he moved to studying horticulture. After earning his bachelor's degree, Vaadia went on to attend the enology program at the University of California at Davis. And, before returning to his native Israel, he held winemaking positions in California, New Zealand, and Argentina.

Wanting to play on the hints of pepper and clove in the wine, I decided to make an oven-roasted pepper-rubbed beef brisket. This is one of my favorite ways to prepare brisket as it's largely hands off and the result is simply mouth-watering. I pulled out the collection of peppercorns that D had gotten in his stocking for Christmas.


Culinary Adventures with Camilla

The Wine Pairing Weekend - #WinePW - group was offered the chance to explore wines from Yarden Wines* which represents two wineries: Golan Heights Winery and Galil Mountain Winery as well as a Yarden Wines label. Our bloggers were lucky enough to receive a variety of samples from these labels.

You can read Jeff's preview post: here. But the if you are reading this early enough, feel free to jump in on our May bonus Twitter chat. We'll be live on Saturday, May 23rd at 8am Pacific time for about an hour. Follow the hashtag #WinePW and be sure to add that to your tweets if you chime in so that we can see it. In the meantime, here are the posts that the bloggers have planned. They will all go live between Friday, May 22nd and early on Saturday morning before the chat. Cheers!

  • Terri at Our Good Life pairs Grilled Mahi Mahi and Gilgal Sauvignon Blanc.
  • Gwendolyn at Wine Predator posts The Eternal Light Shines in Galilee: Yarden Merlot, Pinot Gris.
  • Wendy at A Day in the Life on the Farm matches Lamb Stuffed Eggplant and a perfect Wine from Galilee.
  • Deanna at Asian Test Kitchen offers Yarden Wines Paired with Japanese Surf ‘nTurf.
  • Rupal at Syrah Queen is Off the Beaten Path – Two Wines From Israel’s Galilee Appellation.
  • Linda at My Full Wine Glass writes Of Israeli Wines, Long-ago Memories,and Harvey’s Takeout.
  • David at Cooking Chat shares Pairings for Gilgal Sauvignon Blanc from Israel.
  • Payal at Keep the Peas pairs Israeli Wine with the Diverse Cuisine of the Diaspora.
  • Nicole at Somm's Table pours Memories of Golan Heights Winery with a Side of Meatball Shakshuka, Part I. part two coming soon.
  • Jennifer at Vino Travels writes Pairings with Wines from Israel.
  • Camilla at Culinary Adventures with Camilla matches Peppered Brisket, Honeyed Onions, and the 2016 Galil Mountain 'Ela'.
  • Pinny of Chinese Food and Wine Pairings is Enjoying Gilgal Cab Sauvignon - Merlot and Yarden Pinot Gris with Grilled Wagyu Steak, Alaska Sockeye Salmon and Poke Ahi Tuna Bowl.
  • Susannah of Avvinare is Visiting Israel for Memorial Day Through Yarden Wines.
  • Jeff at Food Wine Click! has a Two Fisted Wine Pairing with YardenWines.

Israel's location placed it on a historic trading route between Mesopotamia and Egypt. And, in addition to goods, that commerce brought winemaking know-to to the area. During the Roman empire, wine from Israel was exported to Rome. In fact, historically Israeli wine has almost always left the area when the Egyptians ruled the region, taxes were often paid in the form of wine.

I received two bottles of wine from Yarden Wines - this 2016 Galil Mountain 'Ela' and a 2019 Gilgal Sauvignon Blanc. You'll see the Sauvignon Blanc paired with an elderflower cake with strawberry buttercream soon! But here's a photo as a sneak peak.

This post, however, focuses on the 'Ela' from Galil Mountain Winery which is located in the Upper Galilee mountain range. Galil's chief winemaker, Micha Vaadia, was trained as an electrical engineer before he moved to studying horticulture. After earning his bachelor's degree, Vaadia went on to attend the enology program at the University of California at Davis. And, before returning to his native Israel, he held winemaking positions in California, New Zealand, and Argentina.

Wanting to play on the hints of pepper and clove in the wine, I decided to make an oven-roasted pepper-rubbed beef brisket. This is one of my favorite ways to prepare brisket as it's largely hands off and the result is simply mouth-watering. I pulled out the collection of peppercorns that D had gotten in his stocking for Christmas.


Culinary Adventures with Camilla

The Wine Pairing Weekend - #WinePW - group was offered the chance to explore wines from Yarden Wines* which represents two wineries: Golan Heights Winery and Galil Mountain Winery as well as a Yarden Wines label. Our bloggers were lucky enough to receive a variety of samples from these labels.

You can read Jeff's preview post: here. But the if you are reading this early enough, feel free to jump in on our May bonus Twitter chat. We'll be live on Saturday, May 23rd at 8am Pacific time for about an hour. Follow the hashtag #WinePW and be sure to add that to your tweets if you chime in so that we can see it. In the meantime, here are the posts that the bloggers have planned. They will all go live between Friday, May 22nd and early on Saturday morning before the chat. Cheers!

  • Terri at Our Good Life pairs Grilled Mahi Mahi and Gilgal Sauvignon Blanc.
  • Gwendolyn at Wine Predator posts The Eternal Light Shines in Galilee: Yarden Merlot, Pinot Gris.
  • Wendy at A Day in the Life on the Farm matches Lamb Stuffed Eggplant and a perfect Wine from Galilee.
  • Deanna at Asian Test Kitchen offers Yarden Wines Paired with Japanese Surf ‘nTurf.
  • Rupal at Syrah Queen is Off the Beaten Path – Two Wines From Israel’s Galilee Appellation.
  • Linda at My Full Wine Glass writes Of Israeli Wines, Long-ago Memories,and Harvey’s Takeout.
  • David at Cooking Chat shares Pairings for Gilgal Sauvignon Blanc from Israel.
  • Payal at Keep the Peas pairs Israeli Wine with the Diverse Cuisine of the Diaspora.
  • Nicole at Somm's Table pours Memories of Golan Heights Winery with a Side of Meatball Shakshuka, Part I. part two coming soon.
  • Jennifer at Vino Travels writes Pairings with Wines from Israel.
  • Camilla at Culinary Adventures with Camilla matches Peppered Brisket, Honeyed Onions, and the 2016 Galil Mountain 'Ela'.
  • Pinny of Chinese Food and Wine Pairings is Enjoying Gilgal Cab Sauvignon - Merlot and Yarden Pinot Gris with Grilled Wagyu Steak, Alaska Sockeye Salmon and Poke Ahi Tuna Bowl.
  • Susannah of Avvinare is Visiting Israel for Memorial Day Through Yarden Wines.
  • Jeff at Food Wine Click! has a Two Fisted Wine Pairing with YardenWines.

Israel's location placed it on a historic trading route between Mesopotamia and Egypt. And, in addition to goods, that commerce brought winemaking know-to to the area. During the Roman empire, wine from Israel was exported to Rome. In fact, historically Israeli wine has almost always left the area when the Egyptians ruled the region, taxes were often paid in the form of wine.

I received two bottles of wine from Yarden Wines - this 2016 Galil Mountain 'Ela' and a 2019 Gilgal Sauvignon Blanc. You'll see the Sauvignon Blanc paired with an elderflower cake with strawberry buttercream soon! But here's a photo as a sneak peak.

This post, however, focuses on the 'Ela' from Galil Mountain Winery which is located in the Upper Galilee mountain range. Galil's chief winemaker, Micha Vaadia, was trained as an electrical engineer before he moved to studying horticulture. After earning his bachelor's degree, Vaadia went on to attend the enology program at the University of California at Davis. And, before returning to his native Israel, he held winemaking positions in California, New Zealand, and Argentina.

Wanting to play on the hints of pepper and clove in the wine, I decided to make an oven-roasted pepper-rubbed beef brisket. This is one of my favorite ways to prepare brisket as it's largely hands off and the result is simply mouth-watering. I pulled out the collection of peppercorns that D had gotten in his stocking for Christmas.


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