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Israel's top envoy to Taiwan promotes Israeli wine culture
Central News Agency
2013-02-25 08:30 PM
Taipei, Feb. 25 (CNA) Israel's representative to Taiwan Simona Halperin introduced the wine-producing culture in her country at an event in Taipei Monday that was aimed at promoting Israeli wine. Halperin gave a presentation on the history of wine production in Israel, which dates back thousands of years, while showing photos of wine presses of ancient times as well as modern wineries. One of the photos was of a father and child pressing juice from grapes, which is still done today in the same way as it was done in ancient times. "We did it and it's a lot of fun," she added. Noting that wine is an important part of Jewish and Israeli culture, she said wine is mentioned over 300 times in the Bible. The Hebrew language also has 13 different words to refer to wine and grape drinks, she said. Wine is served "in every significant moment in Jewish life, from ancient times to modern times of today," she added. Halperin made the remarks during the first promotion of wine from the Carmel Winery, the largest in Israel and founded in 1882. A Taiwanese food company is now the agent for importing Carmel wines. The Israel Economic and Cultural Office in Taipei expressed hope that the Carmel imports will make Israeli wine better known in Taiwan. Products from some smaller wineries in Israel have been imported to Taiwan but they are not very well-known compared with products from countries such as France and Italy, it added. (By Elaine Hou)
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