Gush Etzion Tasting at Har Adar – July 18th
Definitely another successful event.
We started a bit later than planned as Shraga Rosenberg, the winemaker and owner of the Gush Etzion Winery, had been up rather late the night before as he had been exhibiting at the Wine Festival at the Israel Museum. He arrived in Har Adar at about 10:30 and shortly thereafter people began showing up.
As with June’s tasting, people came by in fits and starts, but overall, attendance was up over last time as were sales. Thanks to all of you came.
Shraga brought a large selection of wines including two dry Chardonnays (one organic and one not) that were perfect for the hot weather. There was also a semi-dry Chardonnay, which is something you don’t come across very often, and even a desert Chardonnay.
In the reds department were Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon varietals, and a Cabernet Sauvignon – Merlot – Cabernet Franc – Petit Verdot blend that I particularly liked.
To round things out Shraga had two liqueurs: Blackberry and Sour Cherry. While the former is very good, the latter is exceptional; the sourness of the cherries comes through and it’s not too sweet as are most cherry liqueurs (IMHO).
If you didn’t make it to the tasting I strongly recommend a visit to the winery. In addition to the wines, Shraga and his wife run a dairy and fish restaurant there, and I’m told it’s quite good indeed. Dina and I plan to go with friends sometime during August.
In the Swedish baked goods department, Dina sold out of breads halfway through the event leaving some folks disappointed. Last time Dina had leftovers that ended up in the freezer. While we happily ate them at home, they can’t be sold as fresh after freezing, so Dina baked fewer loaves this time. Murphy, of course, stepped in and sent lots of bread customers this time, resulting in the aforementioned early sellout. Not to worry, there will definitely be more next time, and Dina happily takes orders too. Visit Dina’s blog for more information. For some reason the cookies didn’t sell so well this time. Go figure.
Looking forward, I have already made contact with the next winery I’d like to host for a tasting in Har Adar. It’s too early to divulge who it will be, but if it works out as I’d like, this will be a very special treat indeed.
Till next time …