Covenant Wines Produces Wines In Both Israel and the United States
We accomplish Brachas on abounding firsts during Rosh Hashanah, fruits, new clothes and, we, as Jews accomplish resolutions to activate abounding firsts— Why not add alcohol the wines from the aboriginal adequate winery with vineyards in Napa, Sonoma and Lodi, California AND in the regions of the Upper Galilee and Golan Heights!
I afresh batten with Jeffrey Morgan, buyer of Covenant Wines
Our adulation for Adequate Wines brought us aback to Judaism and to Israel. Wine has accepted qualities that all Jews can chronicle to. It joins us in our religion, our heritage, our history and our affiliation to Israel.
In 2002, Jeff Morgan was at a winemaking appointment in Napa Valley, CA back an arresting activity came up: why aren’t there added acceptable adequate wines? The catechism led the journalist-turned-winemaker on a adventure to aftermath not aloof a abundant adequate wine, but the best adequate wine in the world.
It was a risk. As a adept biographer for Wine Spectator, Morgan knew that adequate wines had appear a continued way over the able few decades. But he had never fabricated adequate wine before. In fact, his accomplishments was so civil that his ancestors had Christmas copse and he had never abounding synagogue.
Morgan teamed up with aliment and wine administrator Leslie Rudd, a adolescent non-observant Jew and buyer of some of Napa’s best admired vineyards. They enlisted the advice of Herzog Wine Cellars, anchored OU certification, and the Covenant characterization was born.
The aboriginal best was a Cabernet Sauvignon fabricated from Napa grapes, appear in 2003, that acceptable aerial praises from Wine Spectator and Wine Advocate. Two years later, Robert Parker declared Covenant “one of the finest adequate wines on Planet Earth.” And the acclaim kept coming. Covenant became a bazaar cast with a cult-like following.
Meanwhile, Morgan able how little he knew about Judaism. So, he absitively to reconnect with his Jewish roots – teaching himself Hebrew, account Torah, laying tefillin – with his wife and business accomplice Jodie forth for the airy ride. In 2007 he became a bar mitzvah. The brace became alive in an Orthodox aggregation in California.
It was during a appointment to Israel some 15 years ago back Morgan sampled an absorbing Domaine du Castel Grand Vin, produced in the Judean Hills, and an epiphany: If he could accomplish adequate wine in California, why not additionally accomplish it in the citizenry of the Jewish people, the abode area Jewish winemaking began?
Israel reminded us of what Napa Valley was like 30 years ago,” Morgan wrote in J: The Jewish News of Northern California aftermost May. “We were aggressive to begin Covenant Israel, a wine activity aimed at advance in Israel and assuming abutment for what we accept is one of the world’s best advancing wine regions.
That was back Covenant became the first-ever adequate wine to be produced both in the U.S. and Israel. The aboriginal canteen of Covenant Israel, a Syrah alloy sourced from the Upper Galilee and Golan Heights, was appear in 2015. And in 2018, Covenant ISRAEL Blue C Viognier and Adom became accessible in the United States. Today, Covenant’s portfolio includes 6 California wines and 3 Israeli wines accessible in the USA.
On a agitating note, the Morgan’s friend, mentor, and Covenant co-founder Leslie Rudd anesthetized abroad in May. But Covenant is actual abundant a ancestors affair. Jeff and Jodie’s babe Zoe fabricated Aliyah four years ago and active up hospitality, sales, marketing, and added in Israel. And Covenant Israel is rapidly acceptable one of the best awful admired brands not aloof in Israel but in the world.
In accession to his roles as winemaker and cookbook author, Morgan was a founding adviser at the Rudd Center for Professional Wine Studies at the Culinary Institute of America, Napa Valley.
Morgan additionally prides himself on including wines alleged Tribe and Mensch in the collection, as able-bodied as award-winning labels.
L’Chaim from Covenant and for administration a actual moment in the wine industry.
Cindy Grosz can be begin at [email protected]
Cindy Grosz is an able activist for pro-Israel and Jewish interests. She writes about “Everything Jewish” and has appeared in assorted media outlets. She is a Contributor on The Jersey Joe Radio Show on WOR710AM, amalgamated through iHeartRadio. Grosz is the columnist of Rubber Room Romance, Everything You Need to Know and Ask About the Education System. She can be accomplished at [email protected]
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