In the recent turmoil in Israel, there arose a single bright flower amidst all of the bramble and underbrush, Yarden Wines from Golan Heights, Israel.
Celebrating his 30th year as a winemaker at Yarden, Victor Schoenfeld held a Virtual Lunch Break for international wine journalists via Zoom. The session was accompanied by a dazzling sampling of Yarden wines, which were shipped in advance to the participants along with a recipe for Shakshuka, a traditional Israeli tomato, herb and spice dish, and a jar of Harissa, an aromatic Mediterranean chile paste, used in its preparation.
Presented were Yarden Sauvignon Blanc 2019 ($19.99), Yarden Merlot 2017 ($29.99) and Yarden Allone Habashan Syrah 2017 ($87).
If you knew nothing about wines from Israel, you would have sworn that they were from someplace in California or maybe Australia, or possibly France. They’re hard to place, but they’re awfully good.
The lunch dish was…