Profile of winemaker Eli Ben-Zaken, owner of Domaine du Castel winery, a family operation in the Judean hills in Israel.
Add wine to Israel's wondrous list of accomplishments. No, it's not a miracle the Israelis make wine; after all, they and their ancestral ancients have been squeezing the grape since time immemorial. The miracle is that today's wines from the Golan Heights are world-class -- capable of competing with the best of California and Europe.
Legend has it that when Jews first came to America, they
couldn't afford quality grapes. To make wine palatable they would add tons of
sugar. Thus came the red, syrupy wines that have long been associated with the
kosher winemaking industry.