And what better way to celebrate than with Carmel, an iconic Israeli brand that is one of the most respected producers of exceptional kosher wines in the world. As one of Israel’s largest wineries, it represents a portfolio of elite vineyards in all of the country’s valuable development areas.
These wines are made from sun-drenched grapes grown in the land of Israel, where the terroir and microclimates are combined with expert winemaking methods and techniques to produce award-winning wines. Whether dry and crisp or woody and fruity, there are many options, they all have the perfect finish to complete a seder dish.
You can’t go wrong starting where it all began, suggests Gabe Geller, director of public relations for Royal Wine Corp, the largest importer of kosher wines and spirits. Carmel was one of the first wineries in Israel. They have nearly 140 years of expertise under their belt, and their wines are consistently known for their high quality and value.
Just in time for Easter 2021, a number of excellent Carmel wines have been released in the United States. According to head winemaker Ifta Perez Carmel, Americans can expect very exceptional values from Carmel. Some of our Cabernets, for example, are not only an excellent choice for Easter and all year round, but are also very good value for money. These are some of the best and most popular holiday wines in Israel.
An outstanding 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon is a great value to watch. It is the best-selling series in Israel. This dry red wine from the Shomroma hills has a fruity and refreshing character. It has aromas of red and black plums and coffee. MSRP 9.99
One of Perez’s top recommendations comes from Carmel’s private collection, recently launched in the US. The 2018 Private Collection Cabernet Sauvignon is made from grapes grown in the famed Galilee region and aged in oak barrels for eight months. It is rich, fruity and full of dark fruit, plum and oak flavors. Year after year, this wine is described as the wine with the best value for money in Israel. MSRP $14.99
The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Appellation is made from grapes grown in the Upper Galilee and aged for 12 months in French oak barrels. This series of wines is among the best wine regions in Israel. The region produces wines with a special taste and character. It is a dry red wine with a long finish and pronounced aromas of blueberries, blackcurrants and eucalyptus. MSRP $24.99
Carmel wine tasting notes
Carmel Winery was founded in 1882 by Baron Edmond de Rothschild – owner of the famous Château Lafite-Rothschild in Bordeaux – and works with 108 winemaking families. The company operates about 3,500 acres of Israel’s finest vineyards, from the Galilee and Golan Heights in the north to the Negev in the south. Among these vineyards are some of the best individual vineyards in the country. Carmel uses state-of-the-art technology to produce a wide range of wines that vary in both style and price, from entry-level to premium bottles. With 139 years of knowledge, experience and uncompromising quality, Carmel wines have received well-deserved accolades and prestigious awards from the international wine community.
All Carmel wines are certified OU Kosher and OU-P. For more information, please visit http://carmelwines.co.il/en/about/.