From wines entered into 2008 "Terravino," the Mediterranean annual wine competition, almost 40 wines, produced or imported by Royal Wine Corp USA, were named winners of gold or silver medals.
This further endorsement of the quality of wines that emanate from Royal rings out loud and clear.
It should, therefore, come as no surprise to those who have read Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, which had 14 selections from Israel rated 90 or above, heralding a new dawn of recognition for virtuoso wines, including kosher ones, made in Israel.
Israeli wineries like Carmel, Barkan, Binyamina, alongside ascending boutiques Psagot and Zion, deservedly triumphed, while Barons Rothschild, Herzog and Leoville Poyferre led the foreign contingent.
Additionally, Barkan was awarded "Best Staff of Winemakers" during this year. Barkan and subsidiary Segals have consistently produced fine wines worthy of high scores.
And so, on to the individual wines that flourished. Highest accolades through double-gold medals went to the following:
· Barkan carried off this award with 2005 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon.
· Carmel, too, excelled with their Kayoumi Shiraz of the same vintage.
· Segal's (owned by Barkan) also clinched a Double-Gold with their 2005 Merom Galil Cabernet.
Bordeaux's Leoville Poyferre won three awards — "Best Red Wine," "Best over $120," and a double gold.
Herzog's Special Reserve, Syrah, Late Harvest White Riesling, Baron Rothschild's Bordeaux and Flechas Los Andes Gan Malbec struck gold.
Segal's was a beneficiary, too, of a gold medal with the 2005 Rehasim Dishon Cab.
Binyamina won gold with their 2006 Hochen Ruby. Appellation wines from Carmel earned a gold prize with their 2006 vintage of Petit Sirah and Carignan.
Psagot, in their continued ascent to the summit, landed gold for their 2006 Edom and Cabernet Sauvignon. Zion Winery picked up gold for their Erez series 2006 Cabernet.
Barkan, Binyamina and Carmel harvested a bunch of silver medals, as did Psagot and Shiloh.