Two Israeli wines from Itay Lahat

These two excellent Israeli wines are made by winemaker and consultant Itay Lahat. The white is a northern-Rhône-style blend made from high altitude vineyards in the Judean Hills with limestone soils. The red comes from the volcanic soil of the Northern Golan Heights, and fermentation is ended in small oak, where it is left for 16 […]

Some interesting wines at cricket

On Friday I spent the afternoon playing cricket. Yes, more play. Less work. Still striving after the elusive balance. It was for the Wine Trade XI, against a touring Aussie team, Canterbury Cricket Club from Melbourne, at Hampton Wick. In a 40 over game, a relatively strong Wine Trade bowling attack kept them to 157-9, […]

Video: visiting Shvo Vineyard, Upper Galilee, Israel

I have just written up my visit to Shvo, a wonderful vineyard run by the talented Gaby Sadan in Upper Galilee, Israel. You can read the full report here. I’ve also uploaded a short film of the visit:

Some top wines from Israel

I’m on my way home after a just a couple of great days exploring the wines of Israel. So here are my notes on an assorted collection of 16 different wines, which I’ve selected from the larger pool of wines that I tried on my trip.

Château Golan Gesham Red 2005 Golan Heights, Israel
This is Grenache […]

In Israel

Uri Hetz, Naama Sorkin and Gaby Sadan

Until yesterday, my experience of Israel’s wines was pretty limited. But yesterday I spent a day in northern Israel’s wine country, visiting producers and learning a lot.

This was followed by a dinner in Akko, at Uri Buri restaurant, with some winemakers. It was a remarkable day.

Today I pay […]