Dina, Adva (her daughter), and I headed down the road to the Yehuda winery in Moshav Shoresh to help Avi Yehuda with the bottling of his 2006 Cabernet, named Sulam Ya’akov in memory of his brother. Dina & Adva took turns filling the bottles, I topped them off to the correct level, and another friend of Avi’s did the corking operation. Adva and I got to do some of the corking too just for a little variety and for the photo op. Needless to say it was great fun. Of course we had to periodically sample the wine while we were bottling – all part of the quality control process.
After we finished the bottling (it was only one barrel – about 300 bottles) a bunch more of Avi’s friends came by and he laid out brunch on his patio. We had cut up fresh vegetables, homemade olives, some cheeses, labane, and fresh pitot from Abu Gosh. Of course there was plenty of wine including some of Avi’s 2001 Cabernet-Merlot blend that is a personal favorite of mine.