Ava and her mother live in the Philippines and love Israeli wine. Ava trained as a winemaker in France recently and is thinking about moving to Israel and working in the wine industry here, but first she needed to know what is going on with the Israeli wine industry because on the Philippines, they only receive Barkan Wines. We started the day at Amphorae Winery where Ava tasted the Rosa, Chardonnay, Rhyton, and Unica Cabernet Sauvignon. She really enjoyed Amphorae winery!
We enjoyed lunch at Tishbi Estate Winery with a pairing of wines. We tasted the French Riesling 2010, Sauvignon Blanc 2010, Cabernet Sauvignon Estate 2006 and Shiraz 2007. After a delicious meal of gourmet pizza and ravioli Ava’s mom spoke to Jonathan Tishbi about importing Tishbi Wines into the Philippines, so they would have a bit more of a selection.
The next stop was Carmel Winery where Valerie explained to Ava the influence of Edmond Baron de Rothschild and we tasted the Appellation Series Carignan, Viognier and late harvest Gewürztraminer dessert wine. Ava enjoyed the Carmel wines very much and hopes to also have them in the Philippines one day soon.
Our last winery visit was an intimate visit with Barak Dahan, the winemaker at Somek Winery. Ava loved the wines from Somek Winery! We tasted the Adom 2008, Carignan 2005 and Birkat HaNadiv 2005. The day was a success and Ava learned more than she could have wished for about the Israeli wine industry and maybe where her expertise will assist one day.