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Wineland (B’Shvil HaYayin) 2014 Pre-Festival Tour

This year’s Wineland Festival included over two weeks of wine events in the Galil and Golan, starting at the end of May and running halfway through June. It was literally impossible to attend them all, though I tried my best. To get an idea of how much was going on, have a look at the schedule.

But for some of us the fun actually began even earlier, as the promoters organized a promotional tour a week before the opening of the festival for journalists and other “influential” wine people, and I was delighted to be invited.

Our bus was scheduled to leave Tel Aviv at 08:00, and we actually did leave at about 08:15 which is better than I expected. The optimistic itinerary included five wineries, a short jeep trip, and lunch, not to mention quite a few km on the road. That we managed to finish up only an hour or so later than planned, without skipping anything (though we did cut short a few stops along the way), is a credit to our driver and to the organizers who it seems had each visit timed down to the minute.

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Sommelier 2014 – Part II

As promised, here, finally, is Part II of my posting about the 2014 Sommelier wine fair.

I hope you can all forgive me for the delay in my postings. Is it my fault that there are so many wine events in such a short period of time? I could keep up much better if I quit my day job, but then I wouldn’t be able to buy any wine.

Ok, enough excuses.

I’m not going to try to cover all of Sommelier in this posting. Instead I’ll stick to the wines and wineries that I found most interesting, impressive, or significant.

In Part I of this posting I mentioned that Oded Shoham also makes his own wines, and as Oded’s table was next to Rami Bar-Maor’s (Oded markets Bar-Maor wines), I tried his wines next. Oded does not have his own winery per se, and he utilizes the services of one Yehuda Gross, who has a small kosher winery in Moshav Nehalim near Petak Tikva (definitely worth a visit, especially since the marvelous Markovich dairy in the moshav as well). At Sommelier, Oded presented two wines both from the 2011 vintage. The first, called Onyx, is a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Petit Verdot. Made from grapes grown in Kadita, this wine, while not exceptional, is nicely integrated with good body and a pleasant finish. The Black Onyx 2011 is quite a different story. Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, the Black Onyx is extremely elegant with subtle flavors and nuances that I could not identify. Certainly not what I would expect from a varietal Cabernet, this is a wine that will not overpower foods having delicate flavors. As you might be able to tell, I immediately became a big time fan of this wine; I just hope I can afford it. Read more…

Coming Events: 4th Annual Ra’anana Wine & Beer Festival – June 25 & 26, 2014

After the last few incredibly busy weeks of wine events, we all get a short break to prepare for this year’s Ra’anana Wine & Beer Festival to be held on Wednesday & Thursday evenings, June 25 & 26 2014, in the beautiful Ra’anana Park (look here for directions and a map).

Ra'anana Wine Festival 2014

Surprisingly, I’ve never been to the Ra’anana Festival so I’m really looking forward to this one. This year, along with wineries, the festival will be hosting a number of local micro-breweries, adding yet another dimension to the event. Read more…

6th Annual White Wine Fair at the Herzlia Marina

With so many wine events going on at the same time, it’s impossible to attend them all, but I wasn’t going to miss this one.

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First of all, as I’ve mentioned in the past, I work in Herzlia Pituah, and it’s just a 20 minute walk from my office to the marina.

Secondly, as far as I know, this is the only white wine event in the country. Most wine festivals in Israel feature a few white and blush wines, but reds definitely dominate. Some events have almost no whites at all. Read more…

More Wine Events Over the Next Few Days

As I suspected, I missed a few events for the coming weekend. Thanks to Meir for bringing them to my attention. I have also added these events to the calendar.

I’m sure I’ve still missed some, but by the time I find out about them they’ll probably be history.

Enjoy and Chag Sameach!

May 30th: Wine & Cheese at Recanati Winery

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Wine Events Over the Next Few Days

With Shavuot quickly approaching there are wine events all over the place. To try to keep on top of all of these events I have started a Google calendar of wine events in Israel, and have made it public for everyone to use.  For convenience, I have created a more-or-less easy to remember link: bag.gy/yossiswineevents

Here’s a rundown of the events I know of through the end of the month. I’m sure there are more that I just didn’t hear about, but I think these are enough to keep us all busy (and tipsy).

May 27th & 28th: Bikurim Wine & Cheese Festival in Haifa

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Wake Up!

If you have somehow missed the onset of spring in Israel, just have a look at the vineyards; they’ll tell you all about it.

A couple of weeks ago I went to the Salomon Winery’s annual pre-Pesach launch of their latest vintage (see notes following the pictures).  Along the way, I passed lots of vineyards and I noticed that they were in various states of awakening. Some were full of leaves and even showing flowers. On the other hand some vines had only a very few leaves and a few had  none at all. I even saw two adjacent vineyards, one looking very much alive and the other quite the opposite.

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Sommelier 2014 – Part I

If I wait to till I’ve written the entire thing, this posting may never see the light of day, so it’s coming in installments. This is Part I.

Sommelier is a two day trade fair (Jan 7 & 8 this year) at which wineries present their wares to distributors, wine merchants, restauranteurs, hoteliers, sommeliers, and the like. It is a major opportunity for wineries to get their products on shelves and wine lists. Sommelier is also open to wine journalists, and even wine bloggers like yours truly.

After a hiatus of several years the Sommelier Wine Fair was back where it belongs, at Tel Aviv’s Charles Bronfman Auditorium (what many people still call the Mann Auditorium).

Naively I thought if I went both days I’d manage to try most of the wines that interested me, and speak to most of the people I wanted to. And while I did manage to cover a lot of ground, and even though I skipped many wines that were already familiar to me, I still didn’t get anywhere near tasting and schmoozing as much as I’d intended. Read more…

Margalit and Bar-Maor Wineries Launching 2012 Vintages

Starting today and running for three weekends the Margalit and Bar-Maor wineries are launching wines from their 2012 vintages.

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Both wineries will be be holding their tastings on March 28/29, April 4/5, and April 11/12. Margalit will be open 10:00 – 14:00 and Bar-Maor will be open 10:00- 15:00. Read more…

Festival Update

As promised, new and updated information about the Festival of Wine & Plenty.

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