NEW YORK, Jan. 18 – For Valentine’s Day this February 14, Yarden Inc., the importer of Israel’s leading wines, urges American drinkers to turn to the Land of Milk and Honey for inspiration.
While most might typically associate Valentine’s Day with romance – traditionally celebrated with chocolates, champagne and roses – Yarden wants to add centuries of history – along with the Yarden Blanc de Blancs and Brut Rose – into the holiday mix.
Of course, Valentine’s Day is named for St. Valentine, or Valentinus, of the high Middle Ages, who was revered for healing a young blind girl, but then executed by the Roman Emperor Claudius II for trying to convert Claudius to Christianity. A priest or bishop, Valentine tried to preach the word of Jesus of Nazareth. The hometown of Jesus sits near the Sea of Galilee, from which flows the River Jordan – or Yarden in Hebrew.
The sparkling wines of Yarden are produced from vineyards in the volcanic, rocky soil of the Golan Heights, which overlook the Galilee. Yarden urges Valentine’s Day celebrants this year to try two of Israel’s top sparkling wines – the Yarden Blanc de Blancs and the Brute Rose – to add a flavorful and historic taste to the holiday.
“It’s always wonderful to enjoy sparkling wines on Valentine’s Day, but drinking the distinctive sparkling wines of the ancient Land of Israel brings a whole new – and historic – flavor to the holiday experience,” said Dorit Ben Simon, international marketing manager for Yarden Inc., the U.S. importer of the Galil Mountain and Golan Heights wineries.
The Yarden Blanc de Blancs is made entirely from chardonnay grapes from the northern Golan, according to the traditional method. The grapes are whole-cluster pressed, and the wine is aged for a minimum of four years with the tirage yeast. The wine, showing notes of delicate tropical fruit, floral and citrus, is balanced with nuances of toasted bread and minerals. This elegant, crisp and dry wine will age gracefully for up to 10 years from harvest, and pairs well with rich and/or salty food such as cold terrine of goose liver, toast points topped with avocado puree and caviar.
The Yarden Brute Rose is made from 70 percent chardonnay and 30 percent pinot noir grapes, also from the northern Golan. The wine is made strictly by the champagne method, including pressing of whole clusters and secondary fermentation in the bottle. Disgorging began after five years of bottle aging on the tirage yeast. This sparkling wine is crisp and elegant, displaying an aromatic fusion of bright strawberry, citrus and pear fruit notes, balanced with characters of flowers, apple pie, baguette, and roasted nuts. The wine will age gracefully for up to 10 years from harvest. It pairs well with cured meats, tuna tartare, fish tacos, roast chicken, pumpkin ravioli or even a flaky raspberry pie.
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 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.