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Eco-Friendly Wineries for a Happy Tu B’Shvat

January 30, 2020 | by Dovid Riven

Some awesome wines recommended for celebrating Tu B’Shvat.

The holiday of Tu B’Shvat, the New Year’s celebration for the trees, is the ideal opportunity to reconnect with nature and eat our favorite fruits and nuts. There are few better ways to get into the spirit of Tu B’Shvat than enjoying a feast of fresh produce paired with some delicious eco-friendly or organic wines, connecting fruit of the trees to fruit of the vine. Here are some awesome wines we’d recommend for celebrating Tu B’Shvat.

Tabor Winery

Tabor winery boasts the first ecological vineyard to be established in Israel. Eco-friendly wines or “ecological vineyards” are made in harmony with the natural environment, helping to support greater biodiversity in the vineyard and making grape-growing a more sustainable industry.

The family-run winery was founded in the 1990s and has quickly grown to become one of the country’s finest boutique wineries. To date Tabor is the only Israeli winery to have been invited to the Wine Spectator Experience, one of the most prestigious wine shows in the world. Now the winery continues to be at the forefront of the Israeli wine industry thanks to their deep commitment to sustainable viticulture and organic winemaking. Here are a few of their most popular wines that would pair well at a TuB’Shvat seder:

  • Tabor Adama Rose is a light and delicate dry rosé made entirely from Barbera grapes. You would like this wine if you enjoy refreshing, easy-drinking rosé wines which are perfect for sipping by the pool or over a casual dinner. The wine’s ripe strawberry, raspberry and floral notes make this a great match for berries, plums and cherries.

  • Tabor Adama II Sufa Storm is composed of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 50% Petite Sirah which combine to create a bold, powerful red wine with plenty of luscious dark fruit character. You would like this wine if you enjoy hearty, full-bodied red wines with plenty of soft tannins and intense flavors that linger long on the tongue.

  • Tabor Moscato is a delicious white wine with a gentle spritz and enchanting notes of lychee, melon and ripe peach. The natural sweetness makes this a fantastic partner for ripe fruits, dried figs and desserts. You would like this wine if you enjoy sweeter wines that are very easy to drink and pair well with a diverse range of dishes.

De La Rosa Vineyards

There are even kosher organic wines (delicious too). Organic winemaking is regarded by some as a popular new trend, but in reality people have been making organic wines for thousands of years. Winemakers across the world have been returning to the ancient traditions of their craft by rejecting chemical additives in the vineyard. Instead organic winemakers carefully harness nature in the vineyard to reduce the risk of pests and disease.

A Kosher organic winery worth discovering is De La Rosa Vineyards whose wines are made in Burgenland, Austria. The De La Rosa estate in Austria has been making wine for 800 years and started producing kosher-certified wines in 1980. The estate’s vineyards have also been certified as organic since 2007 and their wines are all vegan and gluten-free.

De La Rosa Taryag Gruner Veltliner has the special distinction of being the only Kosher Gruner currently available on the market. You would like this wine if you enjoy dry white wines with plenty of enticing aromas on the nose. It’s a crisp and refreshing wine which pairs very well with fresh fruits, dried fruits and vegetable dishes.

Herzberg Winery

One final winery that will help you get into the spirit of Tu B’Av is Herzberg. Prof. Max Herzberg is one of the early entrepreneurs in the biotech industry in Israel. He established the Israel National Biotech Committee and was its first chairman. Born in Paris in 1940, Max learned to make wine in Bordeaux before making Aliyah in 1967. At age 65 he decided to plant a classical vineyard beside his home, in Moshav Sytria. His idea was to create an estate winery with a terroir philosophy. Max applies his biotech background to his wine making process, he grows grapes using organic techniques of minimal intervention, highlighting the fruit profile of the wines while keeping the alcohol low.

Domain Herzberg Reserve

This sophisticated classical blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (40%), Malbec (30%), Merlot (30%) is rich with a red berry under taste and gorgeous violet notes of licorice and spice. This full-bodied wine lingers on the taste buds and softens into a balanced sweet and spicy finale. It enriches the taste of casseroles and meat dishes as well as strong cheeses.

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