I don’t always have the benefit of tasting a wine before purchasing a bottle; hence I usually look online, ask a friend or check the wine guides in search of a reference point. It’s important to remember that the scores in the various guides don’t necessarily mean the wine will be to your liking, and at the end of the day your taste is the one that counts.
Last week, the 6th consecutive edition of Rogov’s Guide to Israeli Wines was launched. The most comprehensive guide in Israel Rogov’s Guide to Israeli Wines 2010 (available in English only), offers an overview of the Israeli wine industry. The guide includes detailed information on Israel’s wine regions and grape varieties, information about kashrut, trends in the wine industry, coverage of over 200 wineries, aging potential, detailed tasting notes of over 2000 wines and more.
Over the years, Rogov's guide has become a must on the shelves of Israeli wine fans, wine stores and industry professionals. In fact, many people consider it an Israeli wine industry bible. The guide also includes a listing of the top Israeli vinos produced/released in the past 12 months, top wineries, best value for money producers and even a category titled 'top up-and-coming producers. The latter includes a listing of the wineries which have shown the most progress over the year and are currently producing some fine wines.
This year, in conjunction with the guide, Rogov also published a book about kosher wines. The author reviewed over 500 kosher wines produced in various countries, including France, Italy, South Africa, Hungary, Israel, and the US. The book is yet another illustration of the fact that kosher wines should not necessarily be considered as low quality table and sacramental wine. Several wines received very high scores (92 +) and I'm sure that the book will make kosher wine shopping a lot easier and more focused for those interested.
Daniel Rogov, Israel's leading food and wine critic, has been writing about the culinary and wine industry for over 30 years now. Rogov also serves as Haaretz newspaper's culinary writer, contributes to leading international wine magazines and has published several books over the years.
Look for Rogov’s Guide to Israeli Wines 2010 in your local bookshop or wine store.