April 20, 2005

Tishbi Vineyards 2003 Shomron Sauvignon Blanc

(Imported by Admiral Wines, Irvington, NJ; $7.99)

If you think kosher wines are sweet and insipid, try this beauty. Its bright, dry, lemony flavors will give you a clear picture of the new wave of kosher Israeli winemaking—and they’ll be delicious with anything from gefilte fish to roast chicken. The grapes for this wine were grown in the sea breeze-cooled area of Shomron, south of Haifa close to the Mediterranean coast, and vinified by a family that’s been making wine since the late 1800s, when Baron Edmond de Rothschild of Lafite-Rothschild in Bordeaux, France, chose a Tishbi to plant the vineyards he’d funded in Israel. The Tishbis have since become one of the leaders whose wines are redefining Israeli wine.

This recommendation first appeared at the Denver Post.

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