Dalton, a Winery On a Mission

When the Haruni family moved to Israel from England in the early 1990's, they decided to start a business in an area suffering from unemployment and lack of investment. In 1995 they founded Dalton Winery just south of the Lebanese border in the Upper Galilee. Twenty-two years on, the Dalton industrial zone hosts four wineries, with more planned, and dozens of other industrial projects. The winery, managed by Alex Haruni with Israeli-born winemaker Guy Eshel leading the production of fine and value-for-money wines that reflect the country's Mediterranean climate. All together they produce some 1.2 million bottles annually. Their flagship label, Matatia, named in honor of Alex's father and the

Purim - A License To Drink

Purim, the festival that commemorates the saving of the Jewish people from the evil Persian viceroy Haman some 2500 years ago, is one of the most colorful and enjoyed holidays in the Hebrew calendar. This week I followed the Purim festivities in Bnei Brak, the mainly religious town near Tel Aviv, walking from party to party, in the streets, private homes and synagogues, looking for iconic celebration images. Not only is it traditional to wear fancy dress costumes, but for many, it is a license to drink to excess. According to custom, the faithful are required to drink wine and spirits till they fall down drunk and cannot tell the difference between the curse on Haman, and the blessing on Mor

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