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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Oct. 30, 2003 /4 Mar-Cheshvan, 5764

U.S. film producer rewrites the script for Israeli wines

By Fred Tasker


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http://www.jewishworldreview.com | (KRT) When Avi Lerner visited the old Eliaz Winery in northern Israel in 1992, he didn't know much about wine.


"I had no idea except that I like to have a glass of wine at lunch. I was not one of the more knowledgeable persons about it.''


But he knew what he didn't like.


"It was one of those sweet wines they make for Jewish holidays. It was so terrible I got heartburn.''


So he did what you can do when you're a big-shot Hollywood producer. He bought the rights, tore up the script and had it rewritten. That is, he and fellow Hollywood producer Danny Dimbort joined Tel Aviv businessman Itzhak Shani to buy the winery, rename it Binyamina Wines, and pump $13 million into it.


HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
• 1999 Binyamina Special Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Galilee: oak and cassis; powerful, intense fruit; big structure; big, ripe tannin; $17.


• 2002 Binyamina ''Fall'' Chardonnay, Samaria: crisp and lean, green apples and limes, bitter almond finish; $7.


• 2002 Binyamina ''Fall in White'' Semi-Dry White Wine (75 percent emerald Riesling, 25 percent sauvignon blanc), Lower Galilee Vineyards: soft, delicate and off-dry, with vanilla and honey flavors and a citrus finish; $7.


• 2002 Binyamina Special Reserve Chardonnay, Galilee: oak, limes and green apples; lean; $13.


• 1999 Binyamina Special Reserve Merlot, Galilee: oaky, with black cherries and black peppers, quite varietal, firm tannins; $17.


• Nonvintage Binyamina Dessert Muscat, Samaria: flowers, oranges, honey and spice; viscous and very sweet; well-balanced; $11 per 500 milliliter bottle.


Note: Binyamina's regular wines are kosher for Passover and mevushal; its special reserve wines are kosher for Passover but not mevushal.



"I knew I couldn't do any worse.''


Lerner had the bucks because he's maybe the biggest, most successful independent film producer in Hollywood. His corpus de obra at Nu Image/Millennium Films includes The Howling, American Ninja, Prozac Nation and more than 100 others. His next: an action thriller with Wesley Snipes.


Lerner took his cue in part from writer-director Francis Ford Coppola, who bought an old Napa Valley wine estate that today produces a fabulous, $140-a-bottle cabernet sauvignon blend called Rubicon.


''It's very much like making a movie,'' says Lerner. "It's an artistic endeavor. The general manager is like the producer of a film. The master winemaker is like a movie director.''


Calling the shots at Binyamina is respected Israeli winemaker Sasson Ben-Aharon.


Lerner pushes the metaphor further: "In both industries [movies and wine], you concentrate on making a good product. Then, the success or failure of the product rests on the success or failure of the packaging and marketing.''


The $13 million investment has built a state-of-the-art winery that has switched from inferior, low-altitude, hot-weather grapes to top-quality fruit produced in cool, high-altitude areas such as Mount Carmel (altitude 1,791 feet) and Upper Galilee, where Mount Tabor reaches 1,929 feet.


The product is ready now, and Binyamina's wines are in foreign syndication — that is, arriving into national U.S. distribution.


Awaiting reviews, Lerner adopts a Hollywood pro's philosophy: "Both films and wines are a matter of taste.''

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