One of the happy results of globalization is getting to taste wines from all over the world without all of the hassle, emissions, and bad plane food involved in actually flying there.
I was recently surprised to taste an excellent wine from the Golan Heights Winery in Galilee, Israel. The Golan 2004 Cab was beautifully smooth and full of bright berry flavors. Interestingly, the winery is owned and managed by four kibbutzim and moshavim (how about that, Mr. Coppola?), but, of course, the chief winemaker graduated from UC Davis. With lovely kosher wines like this, I wonder why anyone ever started drinking Manischewitz?
On the other end of the spectrum, I do not recommend this one. The Chinese can do some incredible things with pork belly but apparently need some more work in the grape fermenting department.
And an idea for the eco-friendly transport of local wines inspired by my blog photo: Why not take advantage of the thousands of bike tourists and fanatics in the state to move wine up and down the California coast? I imagine that you could fit a half case in each pannier. It would be a great workout. And just think how much fuel we could save by having each AIDS Ride biker carry a case! Just a thought.