Uncorked: A Taste of Israeli Wine (Bay Area)

Two delicious wine-tasting events took place this January in the Bay Area, showcasing Israeli wine and contrasting its attributes with wines from other countries.

On January 29, 2019, Silicon Valley residents turned out for an Israeli wine-tasting reception and presentation organized by American Friends of the Hebrew University’s Pacific Northwest Region.  The program in Palo Alto was hosted by a member of AFHU’s Pacific Northwest board.

The evening’s featured speaker was Professor Zohar Kerem, a viticulture expert and food chemist at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food, and Environment. Professor Kerem shared his expertise regarding successful grape growing and discussed the unique characteristics of Israeli wines, a significant and popular agricultural export. Along with savory snacks, guests sampled top wines such as Margalit Enigma 2012, Ramot Naftaly Barbera 2014, Kadita Cab Merlot 2006, and Shov Rose 2017.

On January 30, a second “Uncorked” reception in Marin County featured Professor Kerem and was hosted by AFHU Pacific Northwest Region leaders. Participants included serious wine enthusiasts, who evaluated local and international vintages from California, South Africa, France, and other parts of the world. Professor Kerem compared these libations with the Israeli products, describing how variations in climate, soil, irrigation methods, and ingredients result in different flavors and qualities.