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Ancient Vines Yonatan Sternberg
“Medium bodied and slightly golden in color, this Muscat suggests aromas of sugary fruits and a hint of orange zest. These are accompanied by flavors of peach, honey and a pleasant sweet finish.”
Muscat of Alexandria, also known as Moscatel, Moscatel de M?laga and others is considered an "ancient vine", and wine experts believe it is one of the oldest genetically unmodified vines still in existence. Whereas Muscat grapes are grown all around the world, most plantings of this white varietal are concentrated in California, where it is generally used to produce raisins and table grapes.

Carmel, Muscat, Private Collection, 2006, is a white dessert wine made from late harvested Muscat of Alexandria grapes. Similar to the famous fortified Muscats from the south of France, its fermentation was brought to a halt by the adding of brandy.

Tasting notes:
Medium bodied and slightly golden in color, this Muscat suggests aromas of sugary fruits and a hint of orange zest. These are accompanied by flavors of peach, honey and a pleasant sweet finish. The wine is sold around the 35 NIS mark.

This week’s tip includes an original and tasty recipe:

"Dried fruit" soup with Muscat and spices

(Four servings)
Ingredients:

600 grams of your favorite "dried fruits" (pitted)
2 cinnamon sticks
1 clove
1 green cardamom seedpod (optional)
2 stars of anise
4 black pepper corns
A pinch of grated ginger root (optional)
A handful of nuts (optional)
5-6 Nana or mint leaves
375 ml of Muscat, Private Collection

Preparation:

Place the "dry fruits" & spices in one cooking pot, and add the wine.
Bring the liquid to a boil and then lower the flame and cook for an additional ten minutes.
Take out the spices (cardamon, cloves etc.)
After the soup cools, add the Nana/Mint leaves and nuts.
Put the soup in the refrigerator for a few hours before serving.

Serve very cold with a scoop Vanilla ice cream.


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