Welcome to weekly fun stories, facts,and resources about wine – usually gleaned during the past week by me.
Hubert and Etienne de Montille, granddaddy of Domaine De Montille and his son, are in Israel this week. The wine store where I work carries a large and exceptional array of their family’s wines. It’s a bizarre honor for us to have him here. There is an exclusive wine tasting with them on Monday, March 14, at Delal Restaurant (in Neve Tsedek). Information in Hebrew (google translation into English). It costs 600 shekels, but if you have the dough, go!
Domaine De Montille: Located in Volnay, just south of Beaune, this winery boasts some of the most prized red wine producing vineyards of the Côte de Beaune. From their holdings in Volnay and Pommard, Hubert and Etienne de Montille (father & son) craft some of the most sought after Pinot Noirs in all of Burgundy. Their wines can be found on the lists of virtually every three star restraurant in France.
Visit to the Golan Heights Winery
I spent all day yesterday up in Katzrin – through torrents of rain, hail, and the thickest fog I have ever seen. All this for work, but it was more than worth it. A long tour, a comparison wine tasting with one of winery’s senior vintners, Tali Sandovsky, viewing the bottling of Golan Cabernet Sauvignon, finished with a lunch at what could only be described as an Israeli-Cowboy-Chalet of a restaurant – it was fantastic. I managed to pick up an elusive rare bottle of Gamla Nebbiolo. Here are some snapshots:
A handy guide to wine-tasting terms. Fantastic little resource.
There’s a new Israeli website on Bourgogne wines! And it’s the mecca on this region’s wines, in the Hebrew language that is. Actually, it’s one of the best I’ve ever seen. Those of you who struggle with or don’t have any Hebrew, use Google Translate. A clear, detailed map, concise information on many domaines, descriptions of every vintage in recent memory, and much more.