The winery, for the record, doesn’t consider 9:30 A.M. too early either — they’ve started as early as 6:30 A.M., said Michael Avery, the winemaker leading the tasting.
Chef Alon Shaya told the group that he saw Israeli wines catching a foothold — if not in the United States as a whole, then at least in his restaurant. Customers come in and ask for “a chardonnay,” they’re served an Israeli wine, and the next time they come and ask for that specific Israeli chardonnay, he explained.
There are inevitable side effects to any good wine tasting, and the bus ride away from the winery was a joyous one.
“I don’t understand why everyone’s happier than before,” guide Miri Cohen said jokingly.
(By Liz Steinberg)