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Yarden Vintage 2015
Yarden Vintage 2015 Yonatan Sternberg
Yarden Vintage Wine and Culinary Festival, one of, if not THE most prestigious (and hedonistic) culinary events in Israel
Golan Heights’ winery CEO Ms. Anat Levy has recently announced dates for the Yarden Vintage Wine and Culinary Festival, one of, if not THE most prestigious (and hedonistic) culinary events in Israel.

First celebrated in 1998, this is the 7th Yarden Vintage Festival. The 2015 edition will take place on the 13th and 14th of May at the winery in Katzrin. This year’s theme will be “creating our future”, looking at the past, current and future trends in the Israeli food and wine industry. While we still have a long way to go when comparing ourselves with places like France, Italy or Spain that can boast a long and continuous culinary traditions, Israel is regarded today as a source of quality wines and innovative cuisine and we have gone a long way over the past 25 years.

Some 70 young chefs from leading restaurants across the country will come together to demonstrate their cooking prowess and participate in various guided wine and food tasting sessions/workshops.

For those of us who are planning on going to the festival, be advised that tickets are limited so best to move quickly. Tickets are selling for NIS 700 which include entrance to 2 days of workshops, meals, wine tastings and even a Shalom Chanoch concert at the amphitheater in Katzrin.

The winery will also be releasing the premium Katzrin red blend from the 2011 vintage. After sampling other vinos from the 2011 vintage which was an excellent year, I am definitely looking forward to this one.

Another premium wine that was recently released is the Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, El Rom Vineyard, 2011 - still firm so allow some time to aerate in the glass and if you have patience, would be good to cellar for a few more years. The wine is already showing plenty of character, full bodied and good structure on the palate, suggesting layered notes of black fruits particularly currants and cherries followed by fresh herbs, pepper and thyme all coming together nicely on the long finish.


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