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Whether I like it or not, accept it or not, it’s what it is.  I’m working myself to death.  Much of the time I like what I do, but there is a good deal of time I dislike what I do.  The fact that I average 3-4 hours sleep, the fact that my university and creative work is suffering, the fact that I never see my friends – that is depressing.  And why am I writing about my misery (is it misery?) on this blog?  Well, I haven’t written in a while, and I know that when I force myself to write, I feel better, and I achieve a bit more order.  In fact, I only have about ten minutes to write right now.  Perfect.  Spitting it out.

Wine Update

Dixie – This fantastic top-rated Tel Aviv restaurant (near Azrieli – Yigal Alon 120) is hosting its annual Wine Festival in collaboration with the Golan Heights Winery and the Galil Mountain Winery.  You will find me there every lunch hour between today (well, I just finished my shift) and the 21st of May.  They are selling wines by the glass that just never get opened because they are so rare and expensive, as well as very popular wines at incredible discounts.  There is also a wine shop at the front of the store where you can buy these wines for prices lower than you can find at most wine shops.  So – for incredible meat (it’s a fantastic steak house, burgers, gourmet meat everything kind of place), and the best wine deals in town this week, head to Dixie.  To entice you, there is the Yarden Merlot from the organic vineyard Odem, available by the glass.  Brilliant wine.  Also the ever-popular and gorgeous Yarden Gewurtztraminer.

Piedmont MonthAlkalay (Alkalay 1, corner of Hashla, Basel Square), the wine bar/store at which I work is celebrating a month of wines from Piemonte, a region in northwest Italy, perhaps the very best growing region there is.  The three red varietals are Dolcetto, Barbera, and Nebbiolo.  We’ve got them all, including some fantastic Barolos and Barbarescos (if you’ve got a few hundred to shell out).  BUT there are several bottles of great stuff at great prices, 30-50 shekels per glass.  I especially love the Maria Gioana from Fratelli Giacosa, a spicy deep single vineyard Barbera, as well as a white wine, the first Cortese of Gavi I’ve ever drunk.  It is so flowery and delicious – could pass for a semi-dry wine, although it’s dry dry dry.

Person Wine News – soon to come.  I have big news, but I’m pretty certain I cannot share it yet.  I’m about to burst.

Finally, Personal Hell – I’m writing a short story I adore, and it was due two days ago – and I haven’t had a breath of time to finish a serious edit – it cannot possibly be read in its condition, despite the fact that I have the storyline down solid.  If I don’t get it done tonight, I’m in deep poo poo.  Wish me luck with finishing this story, my beloved main character Fatimah deserves her ending.

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I am bubbling over with pride and for very good reason.  The winery I’ve worked for for two years, the Golan Heights Winery, just won top honors – the best wine producer in the world – at the Vinitaly International Wine Competition in Verona.

This is awesome, such a coup for Israel, for the winery, for a “new world” winery that is so young (founded in 1983), etc.

The award is given to the producer that has the highest points – tallied from those who have won first prize in at least two individual wine categories.  The two wines that swept their category from the Golan Heights were the 2009 Yarden Chardonnay Odem Organic Vineyard and the 2008 Yarden HeightsWine (dessert Gewurtztraminer).

Chardonnay Odem

Golan HeightsWine

The Golan Heights Winery beat over 1,000 other producers from over 30 countries who submitted over 3,000 wines.  This competition is commonly referred to as the “World Cup” of wine, and it means a great deal that Israel has won.  We’re serious players in the wine world, and now the world, all the world, will recognize it.  No more will I wander Europe and have people not know that Israel makes wine at all.

All Vinitaly Award Results

Articles: (I’m sort of shocked there aren’t more in English and French…)

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Another transfer from an older blog of mine… it was an amazing girls’-wine-night, so I wanted to share it! Read on:

Two very significant events of the day.

1) I was surveyed by an official of the government. And it was the law. I had a legal obligation to take a “community survey” or who knows, I could have gone to jail. Questions like, what is your religious observance, are you happy with the cleanliness of your neighborhood, do you think buses should run on the sabbath, are you happy in your career, do you rent, do you make enough money, who do you turn to in crisis, etc, etc, etc. This lady stalked me for a few weeks. Really. I was 1 out of 10,000 chosen, and she told me to think of it as an honor — I represent at least 200 other people in my exact situation. Why not be counted?

2) I had my first girls’ wine night. Italians. It was really really fun. And as I’m writing now a bit sloshed, it was a good night indeed. We opened a Valpolicella, a Nero D’Avola, and super-Tuscan 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. North, South and Middle. It was awesome. Rather new friends of mine from the winery we all work for. Amazing palates, good cheese and veg, fun conversation, and excellent wine. The first (Valpolicella) was like a perfect midway between a Pinot Noir and a Chianti. The second (Sicilian – the Nero D’Avola) was like a Syrah but more robust, if you can say that, with just a gorgeous complexity. Jamminess. The third (Super Tuscan!) was a real true blue Cabernet Sauvignon. Smelled like one, looked like one, tasted like one (but not as strong as it could have been). For Italy, amazing.

Last serendipitous series of events – while lunching at a tiny French-cafe-sandwich bar, I started talking to a fellow counter-seater. A sci-fi nut like myself, so rare in Israel. I visited his profile on facebook after we friended each other. He had a quotation attributed to Yoda from Star Wars:

Do, or do not. There is no try.

So plain. So simple. It has helped me a lot lately to think of this. I am entirely responsible.

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