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February 13th, New York City. The annual Kosher Food & Wine Experience (KFWE). An opportunity for side-by-side tastings of some of the best, the newest, the most unique kosher wine offerings from around the world. A place where winemakers come to share the stories of their vineyards and the passion they pour into each and every bottle. We were lucky enough to attend and spend time with many of the vineyard owners and winemakers, including Wine maker Amichai Lourie from Shiloh Winery.
Established in 2005, overlooking the astonishing view of the Benjamin strip – Shiloh Winery produces extraordinary wines from a biblical site that is the most ancient terroir in the world. The grape-growing conditions needed to produce the finest quality wines exist in the Judean Desert and most notably where Shiloh´s vineyards are located.
An oasis within a desert zone with cold nights, warm days, and an altitude of more than 2,600 feet above sea level — offering an ideal climate for wine growing. From this vineyard, founded by Dr. Mayer Chomer, wine maker Amichai Lourie has cultivated an array of world-class wines: Chardonnay, Merlot, Petite Syrah, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Red Blends. But, one of the most exciting selections to come from this vineyard is the Heroes Edition.Among our favorites from the wines we tasted, were the three distinct, single-vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon offerings from the Shomron terroir Heroes Edition 3-Gift Pack Set:
Yehoshafat - A full-bodied, concentrated and well-structured wine with firm tannins and multiple layers of complexity with rich fruit and a substantial aging potential. Aromas and flavors of black fruits and coffee prevail, along with notes of dark chocolate. The finish is long and elegant.
Why We Like It: One of the things we really like about this set, was how different each wine is from the other. This one, more than the other two, is really meant to age, so we liked the idea of opening the other two wines now and saving this one to savor in another year or two. It will just keep getting better and better.
Ariel - Full-bodied, with noticeable oak influences, secondary aromas, sweet fruit and spices. the palate is fresh and inviting, with layers of herbaceous and forest berry flavors, as well as a seemingly endless finish.
Why We Like It: Fruity and bright, we imagine this wine pairing beautifully with lots of different foods. Ultra smooth, complex, and with a truly memorable finish, this is a Cabernet for true Cabernet lovers.
Avraham - Full-bodied, fruit-forward wine, half of which was aged in new French oak barrels and half in American oak barrels. Noticeable green notes of bell pepper, mint and herbs, it issmooth and makes for pleasant drinking in its youth.
Why We Like It: Aging in both French and American oak results in a wine that’s the “best of both worlds,” exhibiting the subtle spiciness of its French oak and the creamy texture and smoothness that comes with American oak barrel aging. We liked this one. A lot.
If you weren’t able to attend the KFWE or haven’t yet tried the amazing wines from Shiloh Winery, Wine Country has one of the largest selections of kosher wine available, including the full assortment of offerings from Shiloh.
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