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2nd Annual Kosher Jerusalem Wine Festival January 28th to 30th, 2013

Jerusalem is hosting its 2nd Annual all–Kosher Wine Festival at the International Convention Center (ICC) Binyanei Ha’Uma in Hebrew, January 28th to the 30th 3PM to 11PM, conveniently within a few minutes walking of the Jerusalem Central Bus station and new light rail trains. Its also known as Wine Seven Two, a play on 972 […]

3 New Wines from Israel’s award-winning Recanati Winery

One of the best Israeli examples of my belief that wine can be called “philosophy in a bottle” is from the Recanati Winery. Israeli born and UC Davis trained Gil Shatsberg took over as the chief winemaker in 2008 and since then, he and his associate Ido Lewinsohn (who trained at the University of Milan […]

Watching NFL Playoffs in Israel? consider these Israeli Beers

    During my four plus years in Israel, I’ve tried to attend the major beer events each year typically held in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. By far the one most suited for writers and insiders is the annual Beers Israel expo organized by Sommelier Israel, the same organizers of the annual Sommelier wine trade […]

Beer 2013 in Tel Aviv January 8th & 9th at Nokia Stadium

There’s a saying among winemakers, “it takes a lot of beer to make wine.”  The point being that whether its toiling in the vineyards or moving barrels, pumps and cases of bottles at the winery, it’s easy to break a sweat making wine and a mug of ice cold brew sometimes is more in order […]

First Internationally Recognized Wine Classes Start in Israel

[Press Release] A great opportunity for those who want to learn more about wine is coming to Israel in October. The International Sommelier Guild will be starting classes in Tel Aviv at the Bin 281 Wine Shop and Bar at 281 Dizengoff Street at the intersection of Ben Yehuda. The first course, Wine Appreciation 1, […]

Netanyahu Receives Carmel Wine

Mr. Binyamin Netanyahu, the prime minister of Israel, received a nice surprise when he recently visited the Windmill at Mishkenot Shaananim & Yemin Moshe in Jerusalem. He was presented with a bottle of Carmel Limited Edition 2007 in a special gift box, by Adam Montefiore of Carmel Winery. The Mayor of Jerusalem and Ambassador of […]

Festival Favorites from Jerusalem

             The Jerusalem Wine Festival is the largest and most widely attended wine festival in Israel with tens of thousands attending over four nights. Traditionally, and now it’s in its 9th year, the festival is held at Jerusalem’s revered Israel Museum during the week of Tu Ba’av , which is both Jewish “Valentine’s […]

Carmel & Golan Lead in Eshkol HaZahav

The Eshkol Hazahav wine tasting competition, has taken place for the tenth consecutive year. The Gala Dinner was held at the Dan Panorama Hotel in Tel Aviv. The number of wines taking part were 282, from 63 wineries. The tastings, which took place over four days. The tastings were done by a group of selected […]

Eshkol HaZahav 2012

The tenth year of Eshkol Hazahav! This is Israel’s main wine tasting competition which is held annually. Eshkol Hazahav, which translates as ‘The Golden Cluster’, has become a fixture in the Israeli wine calendar. It is regarded locally as the Oscars of Israeli wine. After four days of tastings by carefully chosen wine professionals, the […]

Ra’anana Wine Festival

The Ra’anana Wine Festival takes place tomorrow (Wednesday June 27) and Thursday June 28 at Lev HaPark (near the pond area). Admission is 55 NIS for Ra’anana residents with valid ID and 60 NIS for non-residents. Participating wineries include: Arza Barkan Segal Teperberg Hacerem Yaffo Or Ganuz Kinur David Lavie Zfat Dror Sasi Gat Shomron […]

Reflections from the Wine Pond

The 2012 Eshchol HaZahav or the Golden Cluster Awards were just held in Tel Aviv at the Dan Panorama Hotel.  It’s the only wine competition that judges only Israeli wines and wines from all price categories.  Yet, wine competitions are a curious phenomenon in the wine industry.  For the public, it’s an opportunity to learn […]

More Proof That Wine is Good For Your Heart

    When you work at a winery, you soon find out there’s no shortage of people who want your wine for free. Winemakers tend to be generous souls, from my experience, but there’s a limit to how many wine writers, dignitaries and charities you can bestow with samples or bottles for a charity gala and still […]