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in California, why not also make it in the homeland of the Jewish people, the place where Jewish winemaking began? "Israel reminded us of what Napa Valley was like 30 years ago," Morgan wrote in J: e Jewish News of Northern California last May. "We were inspired to found Covenant Israel, a wine project aimed at investing in Israel and showing support for what we believe is one of the world's most up-and-coming wine regions." at was when Covenant became the first-ever kosher wine to be produced both in the United States and Israel. e first bottle of Covenant Israel, a syrah blend sourced from the Upper Galilee and Golan Heights, was released in 2015. In 2018, Covenant ISRAEL Blue C viognier and Adom became available in the United States. Today, Covenant's portfolio includes six California wines and three Israeli wines available in the USA. In Geller's view, "Jeff makes a wine in the Holy Land that's as unique and superb as the wine he makes in California. Covenant Israel was the talk of the Kosher Food & Wine Experience NYC!" e label's syrahs, Blue C viogniers, and Blue C Adom red blend are made in limited batches and consistently earn rave reviews. "Lovers of premium wines would do well to grab them when they can," Geller advises. "ose who do will see for themselves what Robert Parker means when he talks about 'the finest kosher wine on Planet Earth.'" On a poignant note, the Morgan's friend, mentor, and Covenant co-founder Leslie Rudd passed away in May. But Covenant is very much a family affair. Jeff and Jodie's daughter Zoe made Aliyah four years ago and head up hospitality, sales, marketing, and more in Israel. And Covenant Israel is rapidly becoming one of the most highly regarded brands not just in Israel but in the world. "As impressive as these bottlings are," added Geller, "nothing impresses me more than the notion that a glass of kosher wine could inspire one family's spiritual and life journey…and transform the entire wine industry. It's a story of beshert (destined to be) in the very best sense of the word." sl 55

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