The Jewish holiday of Tu B’Shevat is one of four "New Years" mentioned in the Mishnah and you don’t have to wait until midnight to start your celebration! Occurring on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Shevat, there is a widespread custom to eat foods of the Land of Israel, wheat, barley, grapes, figs and pomegranates, a land of olives and date honey.
In celebration of the grape, we wanted to introduce three special kosher wines from Israel to celebrate Tu B’Shevat:
2010 Shiloh Legend II (Judean Hills); $34. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (70%),Sangiovese (5%) and Carignan (25%) aged for 16 months in French oak, this red blend is marked by a deep, red dark color with black fruit aromas and a complex bouquet of tobacco, mint and other spices.
2010 Titora Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve (Judean Hills); $31. Titora is a boutique winery located in the Modi’in region of the Judean Hills producing a medium to full bodied wine made up of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes and 15% Shiraz grapes aged for 18 months.
2013 Barkan Classic Pinot Noir (Negev); $12. The wine is marked by soft, yet palpable tannin, with a fresh almost strawberry aroma with hints of black cherries and mint. Barkan Pinot Noir's medium body and crisp finish goes well with grilled salmon or veal,
Happy New Year!