Israeli wine at

I’ve removed two very great pages on this wordpress blog but this and more are available on the NEW HaKerem

For great info about Israeli wine go to


New BETA site launched – UPDATE your links/bookmarks

I have launched a new site for HaKerem: The Israeli Wine Blog. The new URL is

There still are some kinks, which I would appreciate any help. I admit that is much easier than the self-hosted counterpart, but this version has also lacked key features which have kept content out of your reach. This site will hopefully not be updated any longer so please go on over to:

Also, if you are linking to this site, please update your links to HaKerem: The Israeli Wine Blog at

Kosher is still not a country

Richard Shaffer of Israeli Wine Direct has an absolutely excellent video post about how “kosher is not a country” and how many of the everyday foods that are in your refrigerator, pantry, and throughout your house may be kosher – no matter your religion. Coca Cola, Cheerios, Heinz ketchup, fruits and vegetables and many more everyday products are all kosher.

Yet, as we all know, there is still a stigma with kosher wine. People even search online for “Jewish wine” yet there is NO difference in the actual winemaking process between kosher grape wine and “non-kosher” wine.

I’ve said enough about kosher and wine but, before you leave this blog (and hopefully buy some online kosher wine and great non-kosher wine at Israeli Wine Direct, if you’re in the US), check out this video:

Independence Day Wine

What wine are you opening this July 4 weekend? Personally, I’m in the mood for a nice California Cabernet Sauvignon from the Napa Valley or Russian River, but I think instead I will go for an Israeli Cabernet Sauvignon, depending on dinner tonight. The Segal Single Vineyard tastes like it could be from Napa.

What are you drinking this holiday weekend?

Gary Vaynerchuk and Kevin Rose taste wine

Check out this fascinating video with Gary Vaynerchuk and Kevin Rose of Digg giving the basics of wine tasting and wine tasting. Topics covered including corkscrews, decanting, wine fridges, and other topics. Check it out!

Boutique non-kosher Israeli wine now in the US

I have written previously about Israeli Wine Direct and the important work Richard Shaffer and his team are doing to bring small-quantity Israeli wine into the United States. IWD is making some of Israel’s best, small-production wine available to consumers in America. My only complaint is that it means less for me!

Well, I have just been informed that Israeli Wine Direct has officially launched. This new online wine store (also selling direct to trade) focuses on hand-selected, artisanal, mostly non-kosher wines from Israel. Individual consumers (where allowed by state law) can now get access to individual bottles and cases of some of Israel’s best wines.

Wineries represented within the Israeli Wine Direct selection are Margalit, Flam, Pelter, Meishar, Tzora, Yaffo, Bravdo, Somek, and La Terra Promessa, among others. They all have great reputations in Israel and are all of unique style, both old and new world.

According to Richard, “Reviews, ratings and stories are showing up coast to coast. We want to provide serious wine lovers access to niche, high-quality, small-production wines from the region.”

If you are in the United States, I strongly recommend going over to Israeli Wine Direct and picking up some great Israeli wine!

Link it up: A PSA

As Gary V says “LINK IT UP

If you’ve been enjoying reading this blog than please be sure to add a link to your blog, website, twitter feed, or even e-mail signature. Link it up baby!

And, of course, I always accept tips in the little “tip jar” on the top right.