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Wine it up this Pesach

Drinking Israeli wine is a sure way to bring the ‘Promised Land’ to your celebrations, but what to drink? asks Ken Stephens. Growing up and working at the Golan Heights Winery has made Tali Sendovski and Yael Gai experts. Here are their memories and recommendations...

Tali Sendovski, Winemaker at Golan Heights Winery 

“I was born and raised in Moshav Nahalal in a big family. Pesach was always a fun holiday for me because our entire family sat together and we always had good food, good wines and a lot of singing.

One year, just before Pesach, I rescued our house from a fire. I was about 12 and alone at home when I smelled something strange. I went into the kitchen and saw fire coming out of the refrigerator.

I turned off all the electricity and started to throw buckets of water to put out the fire.

The kitchen was black and the refrigerator and the food in it was all ruined, but we still managed to have a happy Pesach.”

Left: Tali Sendovski, right: Yael Gai
Left: Tali Sendovski, right: Yael Gai

Yael Gai, International Sales & Marketing Manager, Golan Heights Winery 

“When I was around 10, we spent Pesach with my grandparents in Bnei Brak. When it came to the afikoman, my siblings and I were asked what we wanted to receive in exchange for its return.

My siblings, all younger than me, asked for presents as kids do, but when it came to me, I announced I had a special gift in mind. I wanted my beloved grandfather to quit smoking. Without that promise, I would not return the afikoman (which was still hidden and only I knew where it was!).

My grandfather said he could only promise to smoke less, but I stood strong, even though the table was in uproar. I kept the afikoman and went to sleep with it, only to be woken by my grandfather who wanted a compromise: to cut back on smoking and take me on a day trip.

That was the longest seder we ever experienced as kids (thanks to me) and the one I remember the most vividly, thanks to the special request I made for the sake of having a healthy grandfather.

We enjoyed his company for three more years before he passed away. To this day, when we reach the afikoman part of the seder, the whole family still remembers this story and I wish everyone a healthy and happy Passover!”

1st Cup

Kiddush: Hermon Indigo 

This light red wine will bring spring to your table and put everyone in a mood for celebration.

The Syrah grapes in Hermon Indigo wine create extremely harmonious fruit flavours that make this wine very ‘friendly’ and enjoyable, with a unique deep purple colour.

Herman Indigo
Herman Indigo

2nd Cup

Maggid: Galil Mountain Avivim Upper Galilee 

Full of life, with an impressive richness of flavour, you can almost taste the rolling green hills of  Galil, where the grapes were grown.

An exquisite blend of Chardonnay and Viognier grapes’ varieties, Galil Avivim will pleasantly surprise your palate with its flavours of peach, green apple, pear, tropical fruit and vanilla.

Galil Mountain Avivim Upper Galilee

3rd Cup

Korech: Gamla Cabernet Merlot 

The Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot is always a crowd-pleaser.

It combines two of the most popular varieties of grape and is aged for a year in oak barrels to add complexity and flavour.

This wine will enhance your most gastronomic Pesach dishes.

A terrific wine for a bountiful seder meal, whether one is feasting on lamb or beef.

Gamla Cabernet Merlot
Gamla Cabernet Merlot

4th Cup

Hallel: Yarden T2

A perfect wine to wrap up the long evening, Yarden T2 is produced from two varieties of Portuguese grapes – Touriga Nacional and Tinta.

This Porto-style rich wine was fortified with brandy to stop its fermentation and increase its alcohol content while preserving the grapes’ natural sweetness.

With the aromatic blend of ripe cherries and plums in the scent, this is a sweet and sophisticated wine that isn’t heavy on the palate.

Yarden T2
Yarden T2


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