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Archive for the month “November, 2013”

The Best of Both Worlds

According to my research, the terms Old World and New World (in connection with wine of course) originally referred to geographical regions, but they have come to include viticulture practices, winemaking methods and philosophies, and of course wine styles.

Being an ancient-modern country, it’s hardly surprising that both styles are represented aplenty here in Israel.

Last month I attended two wine events that to me characterized the different styles quite clearly. The first was the Saluté Wine Festival in Tel Aviv on October 3rd and the second was the 15th annual Judean Hills Wine Fair on October 24th.

Both events were held at picturesque locations – the former at the site of the Old Train Station (HaTachana) near the historic Neve Tzedek neighborhood in Tel Aviv, and the later at Mini Israel near Latroun – but the styles of the wines were, for the most part, rather different. Read more…


Chillag’s 2009 Primo Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon

On Friday morning, instead of making some progress with overdue projects around the house, I headed to the Chillag Winery for the release of two wines from their premium Primo series – Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2009 and Syrah Reserve 2009.

Anyone who has spent more than 30 seconds talking to me about wine in Israel knows that for me, it’s the people that make the wine scene in Israel so special. Chillag is a perfect example.
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Arens Estate Red 2010

When I have a bit of spare time, and sometimes even when I don’t, I enjoy stopping by the Ctonaut Binyamina liquor store located behind the Binyamina train station. The proprietors are friendly and knowledgeable, the prices are reasonable, and there’s always something nice to taste. Also it’s just a stone’s throw from home, making it easy to fit a quick visit into my busy Friday schedule. Read more…

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