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Recanati Winery, Special Reserve, Upper Galilee, Israel 2008

Type: Red Still
U.S. Price: $40

This pricey Israeli wine comes from a region where the soil and climate are perfect for cultivating wine grapes. An influx of wine experts to Israel from around the world in the 1980s vastly improved the quality of wine in a country where it has been produced since Biblical times. The U.S. is the largest importer of Israeli wine and Israel's willingness to adopt modern winemaking technologies has enabled it to be the preeminent wine producing nation in the Eastern Mediterranean.

This Israeli red won the highest prize at the 2011 Decanter World Wine Awards, receiving a gold medal from a panel of internationally acclaimed judges who praised "a finely crafted wine" with "ripe notes of blueberries, blackberries, cherries, and a hint of spice."

Photo: Recanati