Posted in random, Wine news, Words on Wine, tagged Gamla, Gamla Nebbiolo, Golan Heights Winery, Hawaii, high holy days, Israel, Israeli wine, Jerusalem Wine Fest, Jerusalem Wine Festival 2011, Kauai, Nebbiolo, rosh hashana, wine, Wine events on August 17, 2011 |
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So much to tell, so little time!
I am flying to the USofA today! But I will be spending less than 35 hours of it (cumulatively) on the contiguous 48. That’s right. My family and I are off to the gorgeous lush relaxing island of Kauai, the northernmost (and slightly less touristic) in Hawaii. It’s hard to believe. I’ve been working 18 hour days for a week now preparing for leaving, and now I’m leaving in about 10 hours, and I’m still working, and I haven’t started packing or cleaning or anything. I’m going to end up on a beach, completely strung out after 2 days of endless flights, and not know how I friggin got there. Oh well. C’est la vie. And I must say, I’m liking my vie very very much these days. Now if I could only catch some more zzz’s and do better catching up on work and studies. But I’m lucky. Quite.
Some things to report:
The Golan Heights Winery stand being built at the Jerusalem Wine Fest
Last 2 days of the Jerusalem Wine Festival! It’s at the Israel Museum tonight (17/8) and tomorrow (18/8) from 7pm-midnight. You pay about 70 nis at the door, get a lovely Riedel glass (that you get to take home with you if you haven’t broken it yet), and drink endlessly from your choice of 30+ Israeli wineries. With Jacob’s fresh cheeses and locally made gourmet chocolate also at hand, it’s a fun time. I managed our stand the last two days, and all I have to say is GAMLA NEBBIOLO. If you’re reading my blog, which hardly anyone does, but if you do, and you go, ASK FOR THE NEBBIOLO at the Golan Heights stand. It’s under the counter. And it’s incredible.
The Jewish High Holy Days are coming up. If you like wine at all (and I’m assuming you do if you’re reading this), it’s the best time of year to taste almost every wine you’ve been curious about. Pesach and Rosh Hashana are the biggest wine sales events – so the week before you’ll find free tastings at almost every wine store and supermarket in the country. So go! Explore! Drink! This is everyone’s chance to expand their horizons without having to leave their own neighborhoods.
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Posted in Restaurants, Wine news, Words on Wine, tagged Barbaresco, Barbera, Barolo, Cortese, Dixie Restaurant, Dolcetto, Gavi, Golan Heights Winery, Israeli wine, Italian Wine, Nebbiolo, Piedmont, Piemonte, Tel Aviv, wine, Yarden on May 12, 2011 |
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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.
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 Month – Alkalay (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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Posted in Food, Wine news, Words on Wine, tagged Alkalay, Bourgogne, Bourgogne wines, Cote de Beaune, Domaine de Montille, Etienne de Montille, French Macarons, Golan Heights Winery, Hubert de Montille, Israel, life, Macarons, Nebbiolo, random, Tel Aviv, wine, Wine news, Wine tasting, Wine tips on March 9, 2011 |
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Welcome to weekly fun stories, facts,and resources about wine – usually gleaned during the past week by me.
Hubert de Montille
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!
LA MAISON LADURÉE macarons, Paris, brought by the de Montilles. Best I’ve ever had.
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:
Wine tasting in the winery's private tasting room.
Final L'Chaim before bracing the elements once again.
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.
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