Yarden Wines: Israeli Wines Perfect For Every Occasion


One of my favorite Jewish holidays is Purim. Some have called it the “Jewish Halloween”, this witch kind of digs that. In the past few years the holiday has caught on around the globe. It’s a great day to get together with people for food and drink. As for me,  I had the pleasure of going to a luncheon with Golan Heights Winery featuring Yarden Wines.

Lunch was served at the eclectic spot, Freeman’s. It’s the kind of restaurant that you should go to at least once if you are ever in NYC. The restaurant is tucked away in an alley. Think colonial tavern with American fare and classic cocktails. The seasonal menu will give you the feels. The quirky decor will make you feel like you are in hunting lodge. There’s even a secret one room bar at the location that’s got a sexy wine and spirit list.

Yarden Wines has been very responsible for my renewed interest in Israeli wines. Founded in 1983, Golan Heights Winery has four brands to enjoy: Yarden, Gilgal, Mount Hermon, and Golan. They are Israel’s leading winery when it comes to innovation and quality of wines.

The latest releases were paired with seasonal grub by Freemans including the Buttermilk Fried Chicken Sandwich, Kohlrabi & Quinoa Salad, barbecue sandwich, and so much more.

Winemaker, Victor Schoenfeld, led us through the tasting. It’s always a treat to talk to him about the wines and what is going on with the terroir in Israel.

While Yarden wines are found in the kosher section, there is more to their story. The quality of the wines can give wines from France or Italy a run for their money. The wines are perfect for every day and holidays. Get them in! Cheers.

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