Thursday, December 3, 2015

As a wine region Israel
might not have the cache of your Bordeauxs or your Napas, but they do have a
wine history dating back to biblical times.
And as the New York Times recently
reported , some in the country are now trying to recreate those wines of old,
including the kind of varieties Jesus may have drank – though when you can
turn water into wine, I'm not quite sure how easy finding the right grapes
will be.
Last month, Recanati Winery released a wine called Marawi, billed as the
first modern Israeli wine made from indigenous grapes.
The work was done in
tandem with researchers from Ariel University who are using complicated
techniques like DNA testing and three-dimensional scans of grape seeds found
at archaeological digs to help identify these unique varieties.
Lead
researcher Eliyashiv Drori says the history of some of these grapes goes all
the way back to A.D.
220 according to references they've found in the
Babylonian Talmud.
Though Marawi is the first of these wines to be released, Driori is already
working on his next project, a wine called Dabouki.
He believes this
particular white wine might actually be similar to a kind Jesus himself may
have drunk during his life.
"All our scripture are full with wine and with
grapes," he told the Times.
"We have a very ancient identity, and for me,
reconstructing this identity is very important.
For me, it's a matter of
national pride." Plus if you think a wine sponsored by Nicki Minaj sells
well in the States, just wait until we get our hands on a wine endorsed by
Jesus! This story originally appeared on FWx As a wine
region Israel might not have the cache of your Bordeauxs or your Napas, but
they do have a wine history dating back to biblical times.

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