I have been an international lady as of late. Blogging has suffered. The huge events that have dominated my life since my last post have been:
- Vinexpo – Bordeaux, France – one of the largest (if not the largest) wine exhibition in the world. Kilometers long. Immense. Exciting. And the Golan Heights Winery (and its daughter winery, Galil Mountain), the only Israeli winery represented (and has been for over 20 years), invited me to come with them. A brilliant week! I spent my days speaking French with lots of wine professionals and led them through “une degustation,” a tasting, and teaching them about our wines. I got to know the head winemakers and management well, which was so much fun – it honestly started to feel like a school trip….and the eating and drinking through the city like there was no tomorrow was certainly a perk.
- Paris – I spent almost a week in Paris after the expo – two/three days of which was with my parents who happened to be in town, unplanned. I spent time with family friends, too, walked all over the city, relaxed, and ate very very very well.
- New Job! The winery hired me to manage, train, and recruit all of the wine stewards in Israel. This is a huge honor, and it’s a job I’m loving. It’s not easy, but it’s mainly logistics and some training.
- New love – a beautiful, exciting, and ultimately sad story. I met a man that I’m crazy about. It has been one of the most emotionally satisfying, significant and devastating months of my life. He is leaving to go abroad for a very long time (years) in two weeks (we will have had about 5 weeks together). I’m not sure how I’m dealing with it all. With the new job I love and a career I’m trying to forge, I finally accepted the fact that I’m staying here and putting a stake in this place.
ANYHOW: I will be putting together some incredible photos in the subsequent posts. Stay posted for gorgeous food. And I mean gorgeous food…