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Leading Israeli Wineries Release Hanukkah Food & Wine Pairing Guide

NEW YORK, Nov. 30 – Israel’s leading wineries today released a food and wine-pairing guide for the Hanukkah holiday, offering an innovative spin on matching wine with traditional Hanukkah dishes.

The guide, from Israel’s leading Golan Heights and Galil Mountain wineries, and their North American importer, Yarden Inc., calls for creative pairings such as gewurztraminer with potato latkes and sour cream. “The spicy and off-dry notes of the gewurztraminer will accentuate the subtle spices of the latkes,” the wineries suggest. “The medium-bodied viscosity will work great with the cream.”

However, if you are among those who prefer applesauce with your potato pancakes, the wineries suggest sauvignon blanc should be your go-to bottle. “You will want a bit more acidity to go with the underlying acidity in the applesauce,” the guide says. “The dryness of the sauvignon blanc will make the applesauce taste slightly sweeter; and the grass and herbal notes will bring out the earthiness of the potato.”

Other creative twists include viognier with sweet potato latkes and applesauce, and chardonnay with zucchini latkes and sour cream. For those who prefer to head straight to the classic jelly doughnuts, the wineries suggest a moscato as “the perfect foil.”

For the entire, free, menu of pairings, please see the guide here.

This is not the first time the wineries have offered food and wine pairing ideas for Jewish holidays. Ahead of the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashana, the wineries produced a free pocket guide for wines with the increasingly trendy Middle Eastern fare. That guide can also be downloaded for free here.

About Golan Heights Winery:

Since its founding in 1983, Golan Heights Winery has played a significant role in developing and nurturing Israel’s blossoming wine culture. The winery also has altered the way Israeli wines are perceived globally, and placed Israel firmly on the world wine map. The winery’s Golan Heights home, with its volcanic soil and cool climate, echoes the ideal conditions of Bordeaux and Tuscany and is known as Israel’s wine country. Golan Heights Winery markets its wines under four leading brands: Yarden, Hermon, Golan and Gilgal. The winery is Israel’s leader in wine quality, technological innovation, and new varietal development. For more details, please visit: http://www.golanwines.co.il/english.

About Galil Mountain Winery:

Established as a joint venture led by the world-renowned Golan Heights Winery in 2000, Galil Mountain Winery preserves the delicate balance between tradition and new technology. Leveraging five local vineyards, a state-of-the-art production plant and proven expertise, Galil Mountain Winery offers an inspired selection of award-winning wines that remain true to their roots. The Upper Galilee mountain range is the winery’s home, and its heart and soul. Atop the Upper Galilee Mountain range, the winery blends innovative design with ideal climate, soil and topography, aimed at revitalizing the region’s centuries-long history of winemaking. For more details, please visit: http://www.galilmountain.co.il/english/About.

About Yarden Inc.:

Yarden Inc. imports quality Israeli wines from Golan Heights Winery and Galil Mountain Winery. Premium brands imported to the United States include Yarden, the internationally recognized flagship brand, Golan and Galil Mountain. The company was established in 2001 as a fully owned subsidiary of Golan Heights Winery, Israel. Yarden Inc. headquarters are situated in New York City, and its representatives are located in main regional markets. Yarden Inc. operates throughout the U.S. in over 30 states. For more details, please visit: http://yardenwines.com.

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