• A WINE STORY  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 23, 2015
    [Israel] #GoIsrael Treasures
    Last month I wrote about my incredible food and wine trip to Israel with a fantastic group of ladies who specialized in the culinary arts, and also happened to be brilliant photographers. Israel News #gposare In this post, I''m sharing the #goisrael post of Asha who has a very unique and food-oriented view of the trip. Enjoy!
  • A WINE STORY  |  WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2014
    [Israel] My visit with Ze’ev Dunie of Seahorse Winery #GoIsrael
    So most people associate Israel with religious sights … or hot clubs (play or pray, yes?) Yet not so for Ze’ev, who took a sort of pension from his many years working as a film professor in Israel to buy some land. Israel Yet increasingly the state is known for its excellent wine. Recently I had the chance to meet up with one of the second wave of pioneers (winemakers who learned from the original mavens), a gentleman named Ze’ev Dunie. “So
  • A WINE STORY  |  WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2014
    [Israel] Clubbing in #TelAviv During #GoIsrael Tour
    When I first heard about the clubs in Israel, for some reason I pictured a glitzy type of "bottle service" club as you would find in New York or Las Vegas. Israel Lifestyle News Scene Perhaps you''ve heard that classic Beach Boys song about two girls for every boy. Well ladies, the good news in Tel Aviv is that there''s about thirty guys for every girl, and you can find them at the various clubs that has recently made Tel Aviv a club destination in itself.
  • A WINE STORY  |  WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2014
    [Israel] Experiencing the Machneyuda Market Restaurant in Jeresalem during #Goisrael
    Like many places in Israel, the plates are shared. Israel Restaurants At first, I didn''t quite know what to think when I discovered our #goisrael farewell dinner would be at Machneyuda. Typically a farewell dinner is a formal affair, and when I was advised to "dress casual" I did not know what to expect. So like any self-respecting foodie I checked out the reviews. The place seemed like it would be fun!
  • A WINE STORY  |  WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2014
    [Israel] A Night At The Historic King David Hotel: #GoIsrael
    The name “King David Hotel” comes to mind when booking a hotel in Israel. Hotels Israel Lifestyle News For many people, Jerusalem represents the chance to a chance to view the Old City where historical biblical characters lived and where today’s new generation continue on the work of their fathers and grandfathers.
  • A WINE STORY  |  WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2014
    [Israel] Visiting Chef Moshe Bason of Eucalpytus Restaurant on #GoIsrael
    Perhaps because in the course of this visit we’ve experienced everything from beachfront Tel Aviv restaurants on the sand under the sun to the best (and very small and tiny) hummus place in Jerusalem, plus the usual sprinklings of ultra-cool tapas bars and the equivalent of “black tie” dinners (because no one in Israel even wears a tie, let alone a black one). Israel News Restaurants
  • A WINE STORY  |  WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2014
    [Israel] A Night in Paradise: Tiberias Rimonim Galei Kinnereth #GoIsrael
    Yes, this was my experience in Israel when during the process of traveling from location “A” to location “B” we spent the night at one of the most spectacular hotels during my visit, the Rimonim Galei Kinnereth. If I lived in Israel I would definitely make this my weekend retreat for rest and relaxation, a spa weekend vacation, as it were. Israel
  • A WINE STORY  |  WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2014
    [Israel] Think you Know Druze Cuisine? #GoIsrael
    Israel offers a multitude of food cultures, one of the least well known that of the Druze, a sect that is highly religious, believes in reincarnation, and like all Israelis, loves great food. Israel We tour the Galilee region with local food expert Paul Nirens, who finds local cooks from different ethnicities and offers classes for foodie tourist to cook with them.
  • A WINE STORY  |  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2014
    [Israel] Meeting Eyal Shani of North Abraxses During #GoIsrael Tour
    Israel Restaurants “Here, try this!” says Eyal Shani, gregarious owner and chef at North Abraxses, a fun and casual restaurant in bustling Tel Aviv. The uninitiated might be surprised to see Eyal grape a scoop of tuna tartar in his bare hand and bang it down on the layer of brown butcher paper that is serving the function of a plate.
  • A WINE STORY  |  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2014
    [Israel] Meeting Chef Uri Jeremias of Uri Buri Fish during #GoIsrael Tour
    Israel News Restaurant Reviews “We call it ceviche because people like names,” joked big, jocular, white-haired and long-bearded chef Uri Jeremias, owner and chef at the restaurant Uri Buri Fish restaurant in Akko, near the sea of Galileel. This is an old, mostly Arab town, where men sell spices in musty stores and merchants hawk pomegranate juice on the sidewalk … all quite picturesque.
  • A WINE STORY  |  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2014
    [Israel] Fun Tapas Party in Israel at Vicky Christina #GoIsrael Tour
    Israel Restaurants Okay, maybe there’s nothing new about a chef with a tattoo – but have you ever seen a chef with a tattoo all over his face and shaven head? Well, if chef Dudu Ben David looks a bit unconventional, his fun, upbeat personality and passion for his Spanish tapas-based cuisine is really refreshing to behold. We are here at Vicky Christina, a lively indoor/outdoor tapas bar style restaurant in the complex of the Old Turkish Railway /station at Manshiya in Tel Aviv.
  • A WINE STORY  |  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2014
    [Israel] Eating Local Cuisine on #GoIsrael Tour
    I ask, starving, as I hungrily take bites of a typical Israel dish at Dr. Shakshuka, which is made from eggs and tomatoes. Israel Restaurants “Isn’t this lunch?” We are here for a demonstration of how this famous dish is made, yet accompanying the Shakshuka are various salads and large fluffy pieces of bread. The people around us are all eating this dish, which is offered as a “package” along with the little dishes that come with it.
  • A WINE STORY  |  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2014
    [Israel] Visiting Historic #Jaffa on #GoIsrael Tour
    Now almost eight and still actively creating art, Ilana was born in Israel and her museum displays both her own work (mostly metal structures and furniture) as well as the many artists she’s collected over the years. Israel “It will be a challenge to tell you the history of Jaffa in forty minutes, but I’ll try,” says our guide at the Jaffa visitor’s center. Jamie is young and energized about his subject, and speaks with a clipped, pronounced British accent.
  • A WINE STORY  |  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2014
    [Israel] Elegant Dinner at Taizo Restaurant on #GoIsrael Tour
    One of the most attractive and stylish restaurants in Israel, surprisingly, has a sleek Asian theme. Israel News Restaurant Reviews It’s name is Taizo, and it is absolutely one of the most glamorous restaurants I’ve visited in recent memory, including Paris, London, and New York. The space is seductive with its glossy black lacquer and attractive large tables in the front of the restaurants for single diners who wish to mingle, or anyone who wants a shared experience.
  • A WINE STORY  |  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2014
    [Israel] Visiting Carmel Market with Chef Asaf Dokton on #GoIsrael tour
    One of the most attractive and stylish restaurants in Israel, surprisingly, has a sleek Asian theme. Israel News Asaf Doktor in Blue. Welcome,” says tall, friendly Asaf Doctor, chef at the fun, casual The Brothers Ha’achim restaurant. We are standing in the middle of the famous Carmel market, which has operated in this space for what must be thousands of years and offers beautiful looking fruit, vegetables, spices, meat, and fish – even clothing (new and used) and toys.
  • A WINE STORY  |  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2014
    [Israel] Food Writers Go Crazy on Wine & Food Tour #GoIsrael
    Dan Gourmet is a result of a collaboration between ORT Israel and the Dan Hotels Corporationwith the vision of development the talents of the next generation of Israeli culinary experts and has set new high standards in teaching the art of cooking, baking, and pastry making. Israel “Welcome,” says Amir Ilan, “who heads up the culinary program at Dan Gourmet, the Israeli Center for the fourmet art of cooking.
  • A WINE STORY  |  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2014
    [Israel] Experiencing Herod Hotel & Wilhemina Restaurant #goisrael tour
    According to our host Benjamin Gad-Ninai, Director of Hosting Operations Department at Israel’s Ministry of Tourism, 140 years ago the area was settled as a German Temper community. Israel Restaurants So here I am at the Wilhemina Restaurant, a fashionable restaurant in the historic Sarona area which has now turned into a center for culture and cuisine.
  • A WINE STORY  |  WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2014
    [Israel] Brown Hotel on #Go Israel Tour
    So the first thing you need to know is that it was a Tuesday night in Israel. “Interesting!” I thought, seeing a DJ spinning tunes as I walked into the Brown Urban Hotel in Tel Aviv. Like its name, it’s color is brown, and there is a certain mellow quality to the place and energetic young people who work here.
  • EAST VILLAGE WINE GEEK  |  MONDAY, JUNE 3, 2013
    [Israel] Watch Israel U21 vs Norway U21 Live Streaming European 2013
    Israel v Norway U21 Live Streaming Wednesday, 5 June 2013 - 18.00 GMT Netanya Municipal Stadium, Netanya The Israel Football Association (IFA) organized alongside the National Football League and the national competitions of the national championship down to the lowest classes. Many countries refused but to compete against Israel. Israel 1956 and 1960 were each second in the Asian Cup. Watch Israel vs Norway U21 Live Stream UEFA European U21 Tournament Online Free.
  • EAST VILLAGE WINE GEEK  |  SUNDAY, JUNE 2, 2013
    [Israel] Watch 2013 European U21 Championship Live Streaming
    Watch European U-21 Championship Live Streaming Online Free UEFA Football Tournament at Israel. 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship June 5-18, 2013 Israel The 2013 edition of the European Football Championship U-21 will take place in Israel. Four other nations were racing for the organization of the final phase of the competition: Bulgaria, Czech Republic, England and Wales The final phase will be held in June 2013 in Israel.
  • EAST VILLAGE WINE GEEK  |  FRIDAY, MARCH 22, 2013
    [Israel] Israel vs Portugal 3-3 Highlights Goals Video
    [link] [starttext] Portugal won a dramatic 3-3 draw with Israel in Tel Aviv, to ensure that both parties are neck and neck in their quest for World Cup qualification 2014. Bruno Alves directed against Paulo Bento next two minutes, but the hosts continued pressure by Tomer Hemed equalized before Ben Bassat fired against Israel.
  • WHY WINE BLOG  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2013
    [Israel] Take Israeli Wine Out of the Liquor Store Ghetto
    Fine wine and kosher used to be contradictory terms, but with the rise of so many wonderful vineyards in Israel, the race to produce the best kosher wines soon expanded to Spain, Australia, France, Italy, Chile, Argentina, Australia, New York, California, and every other place non-kosher wines have been made for centuries. What a grand idea it would be for Israel’s wineries — any kosher winery for that matter — to be displayed in the regional sections alongside their non-kosher peers.
  • A WINE STORY  |  MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2012
    [Israel] Tasting Notes September 9, 2012
    2010 Yarden Chardonnay Odem Vineyards (Gallilee, Israel). 2008 Yarden Merlot (Gallilee, Israel). Luscious and aromatic , this Yarden Chardonnay is all about tropical fruit, fresh pear, and tangy citrus. With all its richness it is still balanced and elegant - and a fabulous price for an Israeli price at just under 20. I experienced it at The Modern. a top restaurant run by Danny Meyers at the Museum of Modern Art. We paired it with scallops and salmon. fabulous!
  • WINE TASTING GUY  |  THURSDAY, MAY 12, 2011
    [Israel] Toast of the Town & am I becoming a wine snob?
    Israel Wine Wine STUFF wine tasting barkan Toast of the TownOnce again I had the good fortune of attending the Wine Enthusiast Toast of the town. This was my 4th year, but this was the first time I attended as a vendor as opposed to as a journalist (OK, blogger). In a new location (Avery Fisher Hall instead of Koch Theater) within NYC’s glorious Lincoln Theater, [.].
  • WINE TASTING GUY  |  SUNDAY, DECEMBER 26, 2010
    [Israel] Best Wine Club EVER
    Israel Wine wine tastingA quick holiday weekend post. I enjoy drinking wine with friends & colleagues, but my favorite wine tasting are BYOB “wine club&# style tastings. Simply put, gather anywhere from 4 to 12 (or however many you have room for) people and have everyone bring in comparable wines (same varietal, vintage, country of origin, etc). I’m [.].
  • WINE TASTING GUY  |  SUNDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2010
    [Israel] Drinking mature wine…
    Israel Wine wine - kosher wine tasting aged wine capcanes Carmel castel Herzog Israeli Wine mature wine wine storage YatirI had one of my most enjoyable tastings a few days ago. I got to taste about 20 wines ranging in age from 7-11 years old, all stored in optimal conditions. I knew which wines I would be tasting ahead of time and was concerned that many would be past their prime and possibly even [.].
  • WINE TASTING GUY  |  WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2010
    [Israel] Wine of Israel “Mediterranean Inspiration” 2010
    Following the success of the first Wines of Israel tasting, the Israeli Economic Mission with the help of the Dunn Robbins group put on the 2nd Wines of Israel event today in NYC (following a similar event in Houston this past Monday). Tags: Israel Wine Israel economic mission Israeli wines Mediterranean Inspiration Wines of Israel
  • WINE TASTING GUY  |  SUNDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2010
    [Israel] Israeli wine is the best!
    Tags: Israel Wine decanter Israeli Wine Kayoumi Shiraz
  • WINE TASTING GUY  |  TUESDAY, JULY 20, 2010
    [Israel] Wine Tasting Guy » Ying Yang Wine
  • WINE TASTING GUY  |  SATURDAY, MARCH 6, 2010
    [Israel] Best Bet Passover Wines – Vol 2.1
    A combination of two things I most cherish (along with my wife & family of course) in this world; Israel & wine. Tags: Israel Wine wine - kosher Israeli Wine kosher for passover wine Passover wine Ahhh…Israeli wines. Working in the wine industry has afforded me many opportunities to taste wines. In recent years however it has also prevented me from participating in wine events (such as the Gotham Kosher wine [.].
  • WINE TASTING GUY  |  FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2010
    [Israel] Kosher Food & Wine has arrived
    Tags: Israel Wine wine - kosher Carmel Kosher Restaurant & Wine Experience KRWE Tierra Sur restaurant Yatir
  • WINE TASTING GUY  |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2009
    [Israel] How big is your cork?
    This picture was taken while enjoying some special wines with good friends while on a business trip in Israel. Shooting for a little subliminal New Years humor as we prepare to POP THE CORKS of bubbly or whatever alcoholic beverage you will be imbibing in this New Years. Although the differences may appear to be small, [.].
  • ALICE FEIRING  |  THURSDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2009
    [Israel] Ask Alice Project: Q #7. Help near Geneva!
    If so, here is my request: I have good friends coming from Israel who will be staying with me for the holidays so I need to stock up. Dear Alice, Is the project still open? The husband is a chef/former restaurant owner and would say he knows a thing or two about wine. I would really like to impress here. I need suggestions for what to serve with meals (I don't mind building the meal around the wine) and maybe a sparkler for celebrating.
  • WINE TASTING GUY  |  MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2009
    [Israel] go work out, old vine wine & turkey talk
    Tags: Israel Wine Other Carmel old vine carignan
  • WINE TASTING GUY  |  MONDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2009
    [Israel] Road to recovery
    Tags: Israel Wine Uncategorized Israeli Wine israeli wine lovers mevushal wrist
  • WINE TASTING GUY  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2009
    [Israel] Wine Tasting Guy » SCREW ME!
  • WINE TASTING GUY  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2009
    [Israel] SCREW ME!
    Having returned last night from 2 1/2 weeks in Israel, I saw the doc about my wrist again today. Tags: Israel Wine Israeli Wine Psagot Sea Horse Segal Winery Yatir Surgery is scheduled for Friday – I am getting a screw put into my wrist. Can’t say that I am too excited about the upcoming procedure, but it will hopefully end this regretful wrist saga. While in [.].
  • WINE TASTING GUY  |  MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2009
    [Israel] wrist update, Trump Invitational & Dalton wine tasting update
    Tags: Israel Wine wine tasting Dalton Eric Trump Foundation Trump invitational
  • WINE TASTING GUY  |  TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2009
    [Israel] Dalton Winery NYC tasting
    Tags: Israel Wine Dalton winery Israeli Wine
  • WINE TASTING GUY  |  WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 12, 2009
    [Israel] James Beard: Zahav Israeli cuisine & wine tasting
    This evening’s guest chef was Michael Solomonov, who together with an army of his talented Zahav chefs all came up from Philly and prepared exquisite foods that were paired with wines from Israel. Tags: Israel Wine I was thrilled to be invited to attend a lovely evening at the James Beard House this evening.
  • WINE TASTING GUY  |  WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 12, 2009
    [Israel] James Beard: Zahav Israeli cuisine & wine tasting
    This evening’s guest chef was Michael Solomonov, who together with an army of his talented Zahav chefs all came up from Philly and prepared exquisite foods that were paired with wines from Israel. Tags: Israel Wine I was thrilled to be invited to attend a lovely evening at the James Beard House this evening.
  • WINE TASTING GUY  |  SUNDAY, AUGUST 2, 2009
    [Israel] Wine Tasting Guy » Clos de Gat – Israel wine tasting
  • WINE TASTING GUY  |  SUNDAY, AUGUST 2, 2009
    [Israel] Wine Tasting Guy » Clos de Gat – Israel wine tasting
  • WINE TASTING GUY  |  SUNDAY, AUGUST 2, 2009
    [Israel] Clos de Gat - Israel wine tasting
    Tags: Israel Wine clos de Gat
  • WINE TASTING GUY  |  SUNDAY, AUGUST 2, 2009
    [Israel] Clos de Gat - Israel wine tasting
    Tags: Israel Wine clos de Gat
  • DR. VINO  |  THURSDAY, JULY 23, 2009
    [Israel] Anthony Dias Blue, bloggers, and the exposure package
    Squires by his own admission took a press trip to Israel and later divulged that he has taken five such trips to Portugal and Greece. Anthony Dias Blue published an editorial in the July issue of his print publication, The Tasting Panel entitled, “…And Who Regulates the Bloggers?” In it, he calls me–without naming me specifically–a “barbarian blogger.&#
  • WINE TASTING GUY  |  TUESDAY, JULY 7, 2009
    [Israel] Tishbi Wine/Food event
    Tags: Israel Wine wine tasting Tishbi fruit preserves Tishbi wines
  • WINE TASTING GUY  |  THURSDAY, JULY 2, 2009
    [Israel] “Kosher brand tops the chart”
    Not JUST kosher, but kosher FROM ISRAEL! OK, so it was not a kosher wine, rather kosher marshmallows. I found the article “Kosher brand tops the chart&# in the San Fransisco Chronicle while I was out West the other week. Just like a wine tasting, the panel tasted 5 marshmallows BLIND (cool huh?) and scored each, [.].
  • WINE TASTING GUY  |  THURSDAY, JUNE 4, 2009
    [Israel] Phishin & Sippin’
    Tags: Israel Wine wine tasting Carmel wines Israeli Wine Phish
  • DR. VINO  |  TUESDAY, MAY 26, 2009
    [Israel] Wine Advocate Writers Spark Ethics Debate - Wall Street Journal
    The WSJ story says that Parker declined to respond to interview requests, as did Miller and Mark Squires who has admitted to taking press trips to Portugal, Israel and Greece. The Wall Street Journal has a story today on page D1 entitled, “Wine Advocate Writers Spark Ethics Debate: While Newsletter’s Founder Champions Independence, Two Reviewers Accepted Trips.&#. Reporter David Kesmodel details the divergence between policy and practice at Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate.
  • WINE TASTING GUY  |  MONDAY, MAY 18, 2009
    [Israel] “Map-It ™ Because Place Matters”
    the more I read about how trendy terroir is and how important a "sense of place" is when it comes to wine the more I wonder, why not for Israel? Tags: Israel Wine Oenology & Viticulture Wine Industry Wine STUFF Israeli Wine kosher wine section map-it sense of place terroir wine.com.
  • WINE TASTING GUY  |  THURSDAY, MAY 14, 2009
    [Israel] small country, gov’t supported wine event
    No, I’m not referring to Israel here. Though I did have the Israeli wine industry in mind when I attended the “Austrian Samples & Swing&# event yesterday. But what else is new… Set up in conjunction with, and co-hosted by the Austrian Consulate General and the Austrian Wine Marketing Board, this was a very well attended [.].
  • WINE TASTING GUY  |  TUESDAY, MAY 12, 2009
    [Israel] New Look & …PLASTIC wine bottles??
    The bottle background was actually designed for me by a talented designer based in Israel. So the look of the site has once again been updated. I hope you all like it. I use it for my business cards. I use it on my Twitter page. And I finally figured it was time to update [.].
  • WINE TASTING GUY  |  TUESDAY, APRIL 28, 2009
    [Israel] Quick rant & “natural” wines
    Getting back from Israel has been exhausting. It has been too long. I miss YOU! Jet-lag is kicking my butt. Furthermore, following the Vlog launch, getting back to actual writing has been tough. But fear not, I am shopping around for what I hope will be the prefect video companion and I expect to get [.].
  • WINE TASTING GUY  |  TUESDAY, APRIL 28, 2009
    [Israel] Quick rant & “natural” wines
    Getting back from Israel has been exhausting. It has been too long. I miss YOU! Jet-lag is kicking my butt. Furthermore, following the Vlog launch, getting back to actual writing has been tough. But fear not, I am shopping around for what I hope will be the prefect video companion and I expect to get [.].
  • WINE TASTING GUY  |  MONDAY, APRIL 20, 2009
    [Israel] Wine Tasting Guy » WTG Video Blog # 1 – about tasting & Dalton Sauvignon Blanc
  • WINE TASTING GUY  |  MONDAY, APRIL 20, 2009
    [Israel] WTG Video Blog # 1 - about tasting & Dalton Sauvignon Blanc
    I’m still here in Israel and taking advantage of my brother’s technical expertise as well as his super cool video camera. Here it is ladies and gentlemen. My first VIDEO BLOG, or VLOG. This is THE FIRST vlog so please bare with me. I hope future VLOGs will be less rough, more concise and hopefully extraordinarily [.].
  • WINE TASTING GUY  |  FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 2009
    [Israel] Guest Blog Post - building a wine cellar
    A friend offered to help out while I am away in Israel and composed a post about building a wine cellar. A worthwhile read that I hope you enjoy… How to Build the Perfect Wine Cellar If you are passionate about wine, then you have no doubt contemplated building your own wine cellar at one [.].
  • DR. VINO  |  THURSDAY, APRIL 16, 2009
    [Israel] Changes at The Wine Advocate? Correspondence with Parker and Miller
    Last year, Mark Squires, who reviews the dry wines of Portugal as well as the wines of Israel, Greece, Lebanon, Cyprus, Bulgaria and Romania for the Advocate, went to Israel on a trip, in his words in the forum , “&# paid by the Israeli government…approved by Bob in advance.&#. Separately, Mark Squires admitted last year that he took a trip to Israel that was not paid for by the Advocate–with your approval, he says.
  • WINE TASTING GUY  |  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15, 2009
    [Israel] Bottle variation??
    I’m drinking a lot of Israeli wine here in Israel during the Passover holiday. Then again that should not come as much of a surprise to anyone who frequently reads this blog as I ALWAYS drink a lot of Israeli wine. That said I had the opportunity to get a terrific wine at a very affordable [.].
  • WINE TASTING GUY  |  TUESDAY, APRIL 14, 2009
    [Israel] Wine Tasting Guy » Katlav Winery
  • WINE TASTING GUY  |  TUESDAY, APRIL 14, 2009
    [Israel] Katlav Winery
    I apologize for my extended absence, but I’M IN ISRAEL!!!! Tags: Israel Wine judean hills Katlav I’ve been here for about a week and making time to post is (sadly) not on the top of my priority list. Yesterday I traveled with some friends and the special lady through the Jerusalem Hills. We did a couple of short & beautifully scenic hikes, and [.].
  • WINE TASTING GUY  |  THURSDAY, APRIL 2, 2009
    [Israel] Passover wine recommendations
    Tags: Israel Wine Uncategorized wine - kosher 4 cups Passover seder wine
  • WINE TASTING GUY  |  TUESDAY, MARCH 24, 2009
    [Israel] Wine Sales are down - Israeli wine too
    Globes, “Israel’s Business Arena&# reports that Passover wine sales are expected to drop. It is reporting on wine sales in Israel, but I have heard that sales here (In NY at least) have been soft so far. Tags: wine sales Israeli Wine Wine Industry Israel Wine Passover I have heard/seen/read reports that as much as 50% (or more) of annual kosher wine sales occurs in the [.].
  • WINE TASTING GUY  |  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2009
    [Israel] Israeli Wine STUFF
    Yotam Sharon and Irit Boxer-Shank, two of the winemakers from Israel’s Barkan winery were in town and joined a group of about 10-15 people for a really cool wine tasting. Tags: barkan Israel Wine University of Haifa's Center for Tourism I had the pleasure of attending an intimate evening with friends and winemakers from a well known Israeli winery.
  • WINE TASTING GUY  |  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2009
    [Israel] Wine Tasting Afternoon
    Tags: wine - kosher Royal Wine Corp Return to Terroir Kosher Food & Wine Experience Israel Wine wine tasting
  • WINE TASTING GUY  |  FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2009
    [Israel] Look who’s blogging
    Tags: Israeli Wine Dalton Israel Wine
  • WINE TASTING GUY  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2009
    [Israel] Who is buying what wine?
    Tags: wine buying habits Wine Industry Israel Wine harris poll
  • WINE TASTING GUY  |  SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2009
    [Israel] Decanting & “Wine imports on fire”??
    Tags: Wine Enthusiast Argentinian wine decanter Israeli Wine Wine STUFF Israel Wine
  • WINE TASTING GUY  |  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2009
    [Israel] Wines of Israel event - review
    This past Tuesday, February 3rd, I attended “Wines of Israel: Mediterranean Inspiration&# , an event intended to showcase the emerging Israeli wine industry to members of the media as well as members of the wine industry. Tags: Israel Wine The idea behind these types of events is to both promote the wines (media) and to encourage “off premise&# (retail stores) [.].
  • WINE TASTING GUY  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2009
    [Israel] Drinking wine can improve your sex life
    Tags: erectile dysfunction wine health Israel Wine
  • WINE TASTING GUY  |  SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2009
    [Israel] Wine bars & BIG “Wines of Israel” tasting
    The big “Wines of Israel: Mediterranean Inspiration&# (cool name huh?) Tags: Bar BOULUD Wines of Israel CLO Israel Wine Wine Bars tasting is coming up TOMORROW, February 3rd in NYC!!! More on this in a second. First I want to VERY BRIEFLY mention my experience at two local wine bars this evening. A good friend and Israeli wine industry professional is in town for the big tasting [.].
  • WINE TASTING GUY  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 19, 2009
    [Israel] Corkage
    Tags: corkage Wine & Spirits daily Israeli Wine Wine STUFF Israel Wine Full Glass Research
  • WINE TASTING GUY  |  SATURDAY, JANUARY 3, 2009
    [Israel] Wine & Football
    Tags: wine football Other Israel Wine
  • WINE TASTING GUY  |  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2008
    [Israel] Good times for Israel wines
    Having followed Israel wines for many years I knew this day would come. And more recently Israel earned its own chapter in the latest release (7th Edition) of " Parker's Wine Buyer's Guide" - a whole NINE pages - as many as New Zealand and more than South Africa! Having worked at Israeli wineries I was sure that others would eventually acknowledge the high quality of up-and-coming Israeli wines.
  • WINE TASTING GUY  |  MONDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2008
    [Israel] Good times for Israel wines
    Having followed Israel wines for many years I knew this day would come. Having worked at Israeli wineries I was sure that others would eventually acknowledge the high quality of up-and-coming Israeli wines. Having chosen a career in Israeli wines I have PRAYED for universal acceptance of Israeli wines. Ladies and gentlemen, Israeli wines have
  • WINE TASTING GUY  |  FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2008
    [Israel] Palate training with 1990 Grand Cru Burgundy
    As many of you already know, I got my start in wine when I went to Israel during the 2006 harvest and worked at a winery & in this winery’s vineyards. From there I went to Napa and worked at a large custom crush facility. Before returning to NYC I asked the winemaker whom I
  • WINE TASTING GUY  |  FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2008
    [Israel] Country specific wine tastings & Israeli wine recognition
    Not much time to write today, but I have gone to many wine tastings throughout NYC the past few years. Very often these tasting are Spanish wine tastings, or Italian wine tastings, or Chilean wine tastings - tastings that are specific to one country. I think this is a great way to promote the wines
  • WINE TASTING GUY  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2008
    [Israel] Size Matters
    While tasting wine at several wineries (and in some people's homes) in Israel I noticed people serving wines in small glasses. SO, you can imagine my disappointment when I tasted wines at some of the Israel wineries out of cheapo glasses. Back from the holyland, hence the UN-holy title. Fear not, Wine Tasting Guy's mind is not in the gutter. I'm speaking of wine glasses.
  • WINE TASTING GUY  |  SUNDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2008
    [Israel] Wine starts in the Vineyard - Golan Heights Winery
    Made a trip back up to the Golan Heights today. Once again, feeling like a VIP (I think I can get used to this) I was taken on a private tour of some vineyards and given a tasting of selected wines. I even got to take a trip up a row of vines on a mechanical harvester. looks a little freaky huh. The work being done in the vineyard is mind boggling and that work is truly reflected in the quality of the offerings.
  • WINE TASTING GUY  |  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2008
    [Israel] Golan day, tanks, and NYC kosher crush
    Spent the day in and around the Golan Heights today. It is really spectacular there. Just across the border from Syria. It is wild how you can see Syria as you drive many of the high altitude roads of the Golan Heights. That same high altitude by the way is one of the factors that contributes to its being a prime grape growing region. Militarily, it is also a strategic location. And there are military bases everywhere. Just a tad different from my stomping grounds in NYC.
  • WINE TASTING GUY  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2008
    [Israel] Online Wine Sales
    Still here in Israel and having a blast.while working my ass off. Still sleep deprived as well, but I'll have plenty of time to sleep.in another life. In the meantime I have been speaking with lots of people here about online wine sales. There are many different opinions and thoughts as to how viable online sales of wine really is.
  • WINE TASTING GUY  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2008
    [Israel] Blending Wines.
    Time does fly when you are having fun, but I have been doing SO MUCH running around that I can't believe I have only been in Israel for 1 week so far (OK, 9 days). Has it only been a week? I have 6 days left, but I know that will fly. I'm headed up North tomorrow to the Galil region which includes the highly regarded Galil & Golan Heights viticultural sections. Can't wait! But what I wanted to write about tonight was some quick "blending" tidbits. .
  • WINE TASTING GUY  |  SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2008
    [Israel] Carmel's quality wine revolution
    Among the many things I must do is to better acquaint myself with one of Israel's oldest wineries - Carmel. I have heard some criticism regarding the high alcohol levels of some of Israels wines. As is being done at the Israel wine revolution leader Golan Heights Winery (AKA Yarden), Carmel is trying to get away from being labeled as kosher, and doing everything possible to instead be considered a World Class winery whose wines JUST SO HAPPEN to also be kosher.
  • WINE TASTING GUY  |  SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2008
    [Israel] What a Day! 2 Wine Tastings!!
    I went away (within Israel) for the sabbath to a friend of the family. After the Sabbath I drove into Tel Aviv to meet up with a friend who I may work with on my Israel Wine Project. A wonderful woman and great cook it is always a nice shabbat when spent with her and her family. But it doesn't hurt that she lives next door to a fabulous winemaker, who is also a brilliant & warm man and whom I am fortunate to call a good friend.
  • WINE TASTING GUY  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2008
    [Israel] Israeli wine terroir
    I mentioned "terroir" in my last post. I'm sorry for repeating something just mentioned, but since it is not a common expression outside of wine circles let me reiterate. Terroir" is described by Wikipedia as "a way of describing the unique aspects of a place that influences and shapes the wine made from it ". These "aspects" could include soil, weather, altitude, etc. I bring up terroir again as it is a buzz word within the wine world.
  • WINE TASTING GUY  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2008
    [Israel] Wine scores
    There was Yom Kippur, the sabbath and the subsequent not-so-short FLIGHT TO ISRAEL! I am here in Israel for the holiday of course but also to spend time with family (my adorable niece.and her parents) and to work on my Israel wine project. Happy SCORELESS wine tasting (from Israel)!! Let me first apologize for my online absence. No excuses, but. Yes, I am here in the Holy Land.
  • WINE TASTING GUY  |  SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2008
    [Israel] Wines for the New (Jewish) Year UNDER $30
    Often overlooked by Israeli wine lovers given its perception as the entry level series from the Golan Heights Winery, this wine is a very nice example of an Israeli Cab and Goldberg suggests pairing it with duck breast & braised short ribs (**note to those I'm eating holiday meals with**). ;) Two other wines I want to briefly mention are kosher wines NOT from Israel. I'm sorry for the delay in writing this post. I have gotten MANY requests for my Rosh Hashana suggestions.
  • WINE TASTING GUY  |  MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2008
    [Israel] Trump event & Rally to STOP IRAN
    We poured some amazing wines from Israel and California and the guests LOVED THE WINES. I will be there and hope that anyone within driving distance of NYC understands how serious this evil man is about his intentions to "wipe Israel from the map" and will put the effort in to attend the rally. I spent my day today at an amazing event.
  • WINE TASTING GUY  |  FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2008
    [Israel] Wine Wine Wine
    WHAT A WEEK! And it was only 4 days long. Feels a bit more like an 8 day week. Don't get me wrong, I was busy running around selling wine and I had a blast. Oh yeah, there was also a bit of NFL FOOTBALL thrown into the busy mix. But for the most part The pre-Jewish holiday rush has officially begun and I have been selling fabulous Israeli wine all around the NY Metro area. While for the most part it is referred to as "kosher" wine I am plugging the idea of Israeli wine.
  • WINE TASTING GUY  |  FRIDAY, AUGUST 29, 2008
    [Israel] Happy Labor Day
    Working on my Israel wine project. The past few weeks have been very hectic. Selling wine, running around the greater NY area. Exhausting. I wish someone would "invent" a holiday to acknowledge all my hard LABOR. I'm off for the weekend. Happy Labor day weekend to all and I'll be back either Monday night or Tuesday.
  • WINE TASTING GUY  |  SATURDAY, AUGUST 23, 2008
    [Israel] Camping, Le Rendezvous Wine bar & wine consumption
    Happy Campfire Israel Wine Tasting! My sincerest apologies for the lag in posts the past few days. Things have been hectic yet fabulous. I returned today from a wonderful yet too short weekend camping trip. There were 8 of us on the trip and it was loads of fun. BBQ-ing, fireworks, fishing, tubing & BIG CAMP FIRES. much fun. I brought a bunch of wine and someone questioned whether wine was camping appropriate. I thought it was perfect actually.
  • WINE TASTING GUY  |  TUESDAY, AUGUST 19, 2008
    [Israel] Is Rosé already Passé
    WTG Quick reminder, tomorrow, Thursday night is the big (FREE) Israel wine tasting at Le Rendezvous wine bar on the Upper east side (of Manhattan). I've been thinking a lot about Rosé of late. There is a great rosé made by Israeli producer Galil Mountain that I recently poured at a tasting, and while I think the wine is amazing, there were guests there who saw the color and assumed it would be a sweet wine.
  • WINE TASTING GUY  |  SUNDAY, AUGUST 17, 2008
    [Israel] A beautiful woman and a fabulous wine bar
    This guy is working to promote THE CAUSE - Israel wine. NOOOO.I did not pass away and go to heaven (although I bet that is what MY heaven looks like). But I must admit that this afternoon and evening were quite wonderful. Late this afternoon I had the opportunity to meet a gentleman with whom I have been in touch for a long time. And he seems to be doing a great job of it. His approach is unique, but his passion is unmistakable.
  • WINE TASTING GUY  |  SUNDAY, AUGUST 17, 2008
    [Israel] Buying wine at a wine shop
    As part of my work for the Israeli wine distributor I am presently working for, I went into a wine shop on Friday afternoon to "hand sell" some of their wines. The wine shop manager set me up next to the shelf displaying the producer's wines. I opened up 3 bottles to pour for customers as they came in, and said customers were offered discounts if they purchased any of the wines (in 3, 6 or 12 bottle increments) I was pouring - as well as others made by the producer.
  • WINE TASTING GUY  |  WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 13, 2008
    [Israel] A taste of Israel
    Where did it come from (Israel), what region (most from Galille, but some from Golan), what grapes were used (Shiraz, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, Viognier, etc.). Happy B-day to WTG. Happy B-day to WTG, Happy B-day to WTG, Happy B-day to YOU! OK, that is out of the way. I tend to I shy away from b-day attention, but hey, a Wine Tasting Guy only turns 21 (yeah, right) once right?!?!? Anyway, I attended a wine tasting tonight, and it was my favorite kind.
  • WINE TASTING GUY  |  SATURDAY, AUGUST 9, 2008
    [Israel] Subtle differences in wine
    I have found Israeli wines to possess a common flavor profile (that while common throughout Israel is also unique TO Israel). I have been nice and busy the past few weeks. And while I love being busy, it means sacrificing sleep (sleep is for the weak) and falling behind on my wine reading. I spent a good chuck of my Sunday today playing catch up - and yes, I am still WAY behind. Nonetheless, there is so much interesting stuff going on in the wine world.
  • WINE TASTING GUY  |  TUESDAY, JULY 22, 2008
    [Israel] Highly regarded WINE BAR
    They even have wines from Israel (which you all know I think is great) as well as a very enviable "reserve list" mainly comprised of Bordeaux & Burgundy (with some Napa Cab, & Barbaresco thrown in for good measure) ranging in price from about $200 per bottle up to $1750 for a 2000 Chateau Margaux. As reported in my previous post, I did in fact make it out to a wine bar tonight.
  • WINE TASTING GUY  |  SUNDAY, JULY 6, 2008
    [Israel] Steak & wine - a match made in heaven
    Scientists from my beloved Israel have determined that compounds in red wine "thwart the formation of harmful chemicals that are released when meat is digested". Those who know me well know that there is little in this world that I enjoy more than a good rare steak and a fine bottle of red. As a matter of fact I have a bunch of friends I might never see if not for our steak & wine nights.
  • WINE TASTING GUY  |  MONDAY, JUNE 30, 2008
    [Israel] What constitutes a wine bar?
    By now many of you are aware that part of my Israel Wine project involves wine bars. As such I went out with some business associates tonight and we both perused several wine bars then ultimately stopped for some drinks and a bite at a new place that calls itself a restaurant & wine bar. Is a wine bar a place with a large selection of wines? Is it a place with several offerings by the glass? Is it a place where snobbery rules? Does there need to be a sommelier?
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