Passover, which commemorates the liberation of the Israelites from Egyptian slavery, arrives during the spring, a time of new beginnings and hope for the future. One appropriate way to celebrate the holiday is with kosher wines from an Israeli producer who helps provide a livelihood to adults with special needs. The Tulip Winery is located inside Kfar Tikva, or “Village of Hope,” a residential community in northern Israel for adults who are developmentally disabled. The winery employs the community’s residents, teaches them a trade and helps them integrate into mainstream society.
Tulip is the brainchild of Roy Yitzhaki, who grew up in Kiryat Tivon, the village where Kfar Tikva is located. He decided when he was in college that he wanted to be a winemaker and give back to the community. Yitzhaki, with the backing of his family, purchased an old experimental winery from Kfar Tikva in 2003 and turned it into Tulip. The first harvest that year yielded about 7,000 bottles, a figure that has now grown to more than 220,000. According to Tulip’s website, it is now Israel’s largest boutique winery.
Tulip Winery 2017 Just Cabernet Sauvignon, Galilee, Israel
Bought • Wine and Cheese Place, 457 North New Ballas Road, in March for $19.99
Description • This delicious, small-production, medium- to full-bodied red wine comes from grapes grown in the highly regarded Upper Galilee. Made from 100 percent cabernet sauvignon, this is a smooth, elegant red with firm tannins and a long finish. Tasting of blackberries and other dark fruit, it has notes of vanilla and cedar from eight months of oak aging. Big in flavor and alcohol at 14.5 percent, it’s best enjoyed with hearty food including brisket and lamb.