During the drive north to Tishbi Winery, I explained to them the history of Israeli wine, the modern day Israeli wine industry and the differences of wine regions in Israel. At Tishbi Winery they saw the outdoor facility, oak barrel room and Brandy Distillery. They tasted the newly released Jonathan Tishbi Special Reserve from Sde Bokar, 2007.
We then visited Somek Winery and Barak, the owner and winemaker, gave us a tour of his winery in his backyard. He just finished the harvest a couple of weeks ago, so we got to see the fermenting grapes in the tank. We tasted Somek's newly released Adom blend which is his youngest wine, only oaked for 12 months, not yet ready, but it will be very tasty. We also tasted his Chardonnay 2008, Cargnan 2005, Birkat HaNadiv 2005 and Port-style wine.
By the end of the day…David and Joni want to come back to Israel for more and Jay and Shelly found some new wines to buy in Brookline.