Garrett Peck

Move Over, Napa: Boutique Wines From Israel Are Making a U.S. Debut

As Israeli wine finds its way to the United States, to shopping carts and dinner tables, wine importer Richard Shaffer looks to change the way people go about purchasing wine. His company, Israeli Wine Direct, ships wines directly to consumers in 16 states and in Washington, D.C. The company’s Web site, www.israeliwinedirect.com, features a wine club and a section on news and events.

FINE VINES: Israel?s Tabor vineyard grows Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes on a volcanic slope. Olive trees, almond trees and wheat are planted on the opposing slope.

Holiday Cheer

Who better to ask about great wines for Passover than people who buy wine for a living? At the Israwinexpo 2008 in Tel Aviv, I tasted kosher wine with a diverse group of buyers for American-based retailers, including HEB Kosher Store, Best Cellars, A&P Liquor, BevMax and Skyview.