Wine list with an agenda

Having dinner on the bar last night at Havat Zuk (@ZukFarmDeli) was without doubt a corrective experience. It has definitely been a week of extremes. We started off at a brand new restaurant, let's keep it unnamed, with a lot of promise. Problem was, it just didn't deliver, most notably when it came to wine. They didn't even have a list, "red and white" was the response to my question, and greedily overpriced to boot. In the end we passed on having wine with our dinner, and splurged on ice-cream for dessert at the one-and-only Buza. One might argue that Havat Zuk doesn't have a list either. True, but what they do have are shelves buckling with scores of mostly Israeli wines, from aged reds t

Vineyards for all seasons

The vineyard is not only the womb wherein the grape is cultured and nurtured, it is also where the wine is born, at the very moment when the clippers separates the bunch from the vine. ​From that time on it is up to the winemaker to take the fruit, to coax it, develop it into becoming a mature wine. One with stature, maturity and respect. But vineyards are not only to be enjoyed during the harvest, at the end of summer when the leaves start to brown. In the spring they abound with wildflowers, in winter, even when covered in snow, they are stark reminders of nature's beauty. Photos by David Silverman. Copyright © 2017 dpsimages. All Rights Reserved.

Future in his hands

There is something endearing about modest winemakers in the way that, unlike many other artists, they are happy to remain in the shadows, to let their wines do the talking, to steal the show. Kobi Arviv is such a person. As third winemaker at Recanati Winery the limelight was usually shone upon his seniors Gil Shatsberg and Ido Lewinsohn. But even at Kobi's own winery - Mia Luce - modestly shines. Set in the back of his parents' home in the Israeli working town of Or Akiva, there are no blaring signs announcing the winery. Everything is tucked away in a nondescript chamber behind a shuttered door. Yet once inside, the allure of the barrels sitting patiently to the side, the boxes of wine rea

Somek Winery is unique amongst wineries in that its winemaker, Hila Dahan, remains largely in the shadows. It is her husband Barak, agronomist and vintner, her partner in life and at the winery, who is Somek's public face. Both online and when visiting Somek, it is Barak who is seen in the vineyards and at the winery, crushing grapes, moving barrels or serving wine. Yet it is no less Hila, who holds two degrees in wine-making, whose unseen hand is expressed in the quality of wines the two, together, produce. Photos by David Silverman. Copyright © 2016 dpsimages. All Rights Reserved.

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