At the first-ever joint Israel-American wine tasting at the US Capitol, 25 congressmen and other government officials tasted Israeli wine. “Frankly, I never knew that any kosher wine could be good,” said Gregory Slayton, US ambassador to the Bahamas. “I started with the Cabernet and I was surprised how good it was. Then I moved on to the Merlot, and it's delicious!” The wine tasting was held in honor of the Congressional Wine Caucus, with a theme of ‘America and Israel Together,’ seeking to promote American wine interests. Yitz Applbaum, president of the California-Israel Chamber of Commerce said that wine is more than a beverage, but a symbol of hospitality as a means for communication and reconciliation.