Pomegranate wine's superfood boost

18 April, 2008

Israel's Rimon Winery has created what it says is the world's first range of wines made completely from pomegranates.

Making its debut at the London International Wine Fair, the range is called Rimon - the Hebrew word for pomegranate - and includes dessert, dry, and port styles.

"The pomegranate wine's hidden bonus is a wealth of vitamins and healing properties. Long recognised for their healthy properties, pomegranates contain vitamins A, B and C, iron, calcium and other essential minerals. They are also rich in antioxidants, which are beneficial for blood circulation and the heart," said spokesman Michael Dalal.

The dessert wine is available in a 50cl bottle presented in a satin-lined gift box. It is described as a "sweet, yet light wine, with fruity aromas and bright cherry flavours" and is best served chilled with desserts and soft, ripe cheese, according to the winery.

The dry wine has "flavours of cherries with a faint hint of black peppers and a well-balanced, soft finish", and the port-style wine has a nose of "stone fruits and sweet spices".

Rimon Winery is based in Israel's Upper Galilee, where father and son winemaking team Gaby and Avi Nachmias grow the pomegranates in their own orchards.




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