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Jerusalem Wine Festival - August 4 through 6 @ 19:00

by David Raccah » Tue Jul 28, 2009 1:10 am

This is stolen from Daniel's previous post....

The Sixth Jerusalem Wine Festival

The annual wine festival held in the sculpture garden of the Israel Museum has, since its inception six years ago, proven to be one of the most pleasant wine events of the year, attracting wine lovers who range in their level of wine appreciation from beginners to the most sophisticated. No less important, the festival has always proven a lively but civil and civilized event, the vast majority coming to sample wines, to enjoy the atmosphere and to meet friends over glasses of wine.

This year's event is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (4, 5 and 6 August) between the hours of 19:00-23:00 and as usual is sponsored by part by the city in cooperation with the city's two major wine stores, Avi Ben and Shachar. Admission to the fair, which includes a tasting glass and unlimited tastings, is scheduled to be NIS 60 per person. There will also be a sales outlet on the premises at which one can purchase the wines on exhibit at somewhat reduced prices.

Among the wineries participating – Tishbi, Avidan, Tzuba, Psagot, Bravdo, Pelter, Segal, Barkan, Yatir, Carmel, Kadesh Barnea, Asif, Tzion, Tulip Saslove, Alexander, Dalton, Tzora, Noach, Recanati, Ella Valley Vineyards, Galil Mountain, the Golan Heights Winery, Tabor, Teperberg and Binyamina.
As may be noted, there will be an ample choice for those who want to taste only kosher wines.

In addition to the wines two things that please – first the sculpture garden itself is exquisite and one can walk freely through that and second, that there is a café attached to the museum to which one can comfortably "escape" for a few moments every now and then during the festival for either a coffee or a snack.

It is my understanding that tickets can be purchased just prior to entry. This festival gets a very high recommendation from me.

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I contacted the museum and they added nothing above Daniel's information, excepting for the fact that there will be a Jazz ensemble accompanying the festival.

So:

1) Who would like to meet ahead of time - I would love to see the Israeli members!
2) Is there a place close by where one could get a dinner ahead of time - kosher and all that :D
3) Daniel, do you know if this is a sipping event, or will spitting be accepted :)

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Re: Jerusalem Wine Festival - August 4 through 6 @ 19:00

by Z Spigelman » Tue Jul 28, 2009 1:55 am

Hi David.
1. Rachel and I will be there on the 4th at opening time and it would be nice to meet.
2. Last year kosher food was available for purchase at the Festival so we did not eat beforehand. I think that Tnuva cheese will be sold this year.
3. Last year there was more than sipping (unfortunately) as the wines were poured freely but there was also much spitting for those serious tasters.
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Re: Jerusalem Wine Festival - August 4 through 6 @ 19:00

by Daniel Rogov » Tue Jul 28, 2009 2:02 am

David et al.....

The only day I can visit the fair is on Wednesday, 5 August and my plan is to arrive just at opening time (i.e. 19:00). Best tasting at such events is always "as early as possible" before the crowds arrive and before some people start to show signs of "wooziness".

If that works for people, we can arrange to meet, as a suggestion, at the stand of one of the kosher wineries and then to enjoy some tasting together, wander on to do some snacking at the fair itself and perhaps a coffee as well.

If my visit does not coincide with best days for others, please go ahead and make whatever arrangements are best for those who wish to join the group. As we have done earlier, I suggest that each forum member who does want to join the group pin a ribbon to their outer clothes. That makes it easier to spot each other without having to ask every passerby whether they are with the forum. With neither sexual nor political agendas in mind, let's say the ribbons will be red.

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Re: Jerusalem Wine Festival - August 4 through 6 @ 19:00

by David Raccah » Tue Jul 28, 2009 2:12 am

Daniel! You have to be kidding! I am flying into Israel, for my nephew's wedding, which as fate would have it, is on Wednesday night. I was hoping to meet the gang on Tuesday night - but I would understand it if that would not work out. I will be there on Tuesday night, and I would hope that I can have a proper sitdown meal, before I spit and taste wines. I will have a look around tomorrow morning and using Google maps, attempt to find some kosher restaurants in the area.

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Re: Jerusalem Wine Festival - August 4 through 6 @ 19:00

by EY Han » Tue Jul 28, 2009 7:31 am

David Raccah wrote:I will be there on Tuesday night, and I would hope that I can have a proper sitdown meal, before I spit and taste wines. I will have a look around tomorrow morning and using Google maps, attempt to find some kosher restaurants in the area.


Hi David,

I would also be delighted to participate in and look forward to a meal in a restaurant. Perhaps we can suggest making reservations at Cañela Restaurant on Sh'lom Tzion HaMalka St. which is in the city center, and then taking a taxi for a short ride to the Israel Museum?

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Re: Jerusalem Wine Festival - August 4 through 6 @ 19:00

by David Raccah » Tue Jul 28, 2009 6:02 pm

ELi - sounds great to me. Anyone else interested in dinner On Tuesday night and then sharing a cab ride to the festival?

Looking forward to seeing you all,
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Re: Jerusalem Wine Festival - August 4 through 6 @ 19:00

by Harel C » Thu Jul 30, 2009 4:35 pm

I will be at the festival, exact day undecided (probably Tuesday before the hordes arrive).

David suggested using Google maps to find a restaurant -- forget it! You won't find anything. You should go for recommendations from forum members. There aren't too many places right in the vicinity of the museum (actually, very few), but if one journeys further into town or towards the Mahane Yehuda market then there are many options. Vast majority of restaurants in Jerusalem are kosher, so that's the easy part.

I did hear that Cenala is good (if you're looking for the formal, sit-down, white linen variety), though I never tried it.
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Re: Jerusalem Wine Festival - August 4 through 6 @ 19:00

by Ben S » Sat Aug 01, 2009 2:13 pm

I'll be at the festival on Tuesday and look forward to meeting the other forum members.
When it comes to restaurants, I like meat:

Vaqueiro is good, but usually a multi-hour affair. Hess (Heleni Hamalka, off of Yafo) is on the expensive side, but has excellent meat (home-made sausages, aged steaks). Vaqueiro is Rabbanut, and Hess is Kosher Lemehadrin.
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Re: Jerusalem Wine Festival - August 4 through 6 @ 19:00

by Daniel Rogov » Sat Aug 01, 2009 2:16 pm

If I may......I'm all for Hess as a place to dine (not necessarily at this time but in general) but with a major caveat - .
Hess' sausages, pates and cold prepared meats are superb - often as excellent as you will find in any restaurant in the world kosher or not On the other hand, when dining there I avoid his more complex dishes.

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Re: Jerusalem Wine Festival - August 4 through 6 @ 19:00

by David Raccah » Sun Aug 02, 2009 1:27 am

I cannot agree more with Daniel on Hess! I wrote about my previous experience there (http://www.wineloverspage.com/forum/village/viewtopic.php?f=30&t=20735&p=177663) in Daniel's food forum. Stick to the cold cuts and sausages. Forget the wine, as the prices are way beyond reasonable. My 2 cents cf course.

If we can stick with Rabanut Mehadrin that would be better for me, or the sephardi teuda as well.

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Re: Jerusalem Wine Festival - August 4 through 6 @ 19:00

by Ben S » Sun Aug 02, 2009 3:12 am

I ate at Selina (Emek Refaim) a few weeks ago and found it to have a nice atmosphere and excellent service. They also had a decent wine selection.
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Re: Jerusalem Wine Festival - August 4 through 6 @ 19:00

by David Raccah » Sun Aug 02, 2009 3:37 am

I am up for anything, so as long as the hasgacha is there, I am game. I checked and unless I am wrong Selina is just Rabbanut. I hate this stuff about Israel really. God I love the place, but why can they not just agree on a simple system like OU and OK. The OU is slowly invading Israel, and I am sure that cannot make everyone happy. Anyway, I want to meet you folks, there are tons of options, just need mehadrin or more.

Sorry to bother! With deep respect!
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Re: Jerusalem Wine Festival - August 4 through 6 @ 19:00

by Daniel Rogov » Sun Aug 02, 2009 3:41 am

David Raccah wrote:. ... why can they (the Israelis) not just agree on a simple system



David,

That's why I call Israel "Disney-Land Middle East".


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Re: Jerusalem Wine Festival - August 4 through 6 @ 19:00

by Ben S » Sun Aug 02, 2009 3:59 am

I just received word from a friend: Vaqueiro is now Mehadrin! The sad part is that they can't get sausage casings anymore, so they now serve sausages Kebab style.
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Re: Jerusalem Wine Festival - August 4 through 6 @ 19:00

by David Raccah » Sun Aug 02, 2009 4:20 am

Cool! Is it really a few hour affair? We may want to move on over to the museum? I am up for it, if we can make it a one hour+ affair :lol: . So far we have Ben and E.Y. Harel and Zvi, are you guys up for dinner in advance, or can we at least meet up at the museum?

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Re: Jerusalem Wine Festival - August 4 through 6 @ 19:00

by Ben S » Sun Aug 02, 2009 4:32 am

My good friend with whom I am staying will likely also join us, and I may be able to get a few more.

Vaqueiro is a great place for a few-hour leisurely meat-fest, but I suppose it could be done quicker. Do you want to start early (4:30 or 5) so we can arrive at the start time?
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Re: Jerusalem Wine Festival - August 4 through 6 @ 19:00

by Ben S » Sun Aug 02, 2009 4:36 am

OK, Vaqueiro might not work out. They don't open the kitchen until 6, though they might open earlier at special request. Also, there are cheeses being served/sold at the festival, so (non-Dutch) Kashrut observers might have a problem...
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Re: Jerusalem Wine Festival - August 4 through 6 @ 19:00

by Z Spigelman » Sun Aug 02, 2009 6:31 am

Rachel and I do not want to drive home after the festival so we decided to spend a few days at a hotel in Yerushalayim. We will be going out to dinner after the festival.
We would like to meet you at the festival.
This could be a multi-hour affair since there are 24 kosher wineries. Last year we were there for several hours until it became too crowded.
I suggest that we meet at the booth of one of the small wineries, after everyone has spent a couple of tasting hours.
How about 9 pm at the Asif booth?
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Re: Jerusalem Wine Festival - August 4 through 6 @ 19:00

by EY Han » Sun Aug 02, 2009 10:34 am

Ben S wrote:OK, Vaqueiro might not work out. They don't open the kitchen until 6, though they might open earlier at special request. Also, there are cheeses being served/sold at the festival, so (non-Dutch) Kashrut observers might have a problem...


I think Hess is opened from late morning to late night. They also recently received an even better, official Mehadrin hashgacha than they had before.
Personally, I wouldn't want to eat any cheeses while tasting wines, but that may just be me. . .

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Re: Jerusalem Wine Festival - August 4 through 6 @ 19:00

by Daniel Rogov » Sun Aug 02, 2009 11:41 am

An amusing side-tale about Hess. When Marcel Hess first opened, in the industrial park at Ra'anana, he immediately applied for and received his kashrut certificate. Proud of both his family heritage (the family produced world-renowned kosher sausages in Switzerland for six generations) and his new citizenship, he hung an Israeli and a Swiss flat outside the shop.

Within days he was visited by an outraged group of kashrut supervisors who told him that unless he took down the Swiss flag he would immediately lose his certificate. Hess was confused until he realized that the personages present objected to the fact that there was a "cross" on the flag and thus a Christian symbol. Hess may have been an oleh chadash (a new immigrant) but he was not stupid and realized that there was no way to fight this great and wise rabbinical decision. The Swiss flag came down.

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Re: Jerusalem Wine Festival - August 4 through 6 @ 19:00

by David Raccah » Sun Aug 02, 2009 12:12 pm

EY Han wrote:
Ben S wrote:OK, Vaqueiro might not work out. They don't open the kitchen until 6, though they might open earlier at special request. Also, there are cheeses being served/sold at the festival, so (non-Dutch) Kashrut observers might have a problem...



Personally, I wouldn't want to eat any cheeses while tasting wines, but that may just be me. . .

Best wishes,
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Re: Jerusalem Wine Festival - August 4 through 6 @ 19:00

by Ben S » Sun Aug 02, 2009 5:34 pm

It doesn't look like I'll be able to meet for dinner beforehand, since I'll probably be coming in from Ma'aleh Adumim. But I'm up for picking a time and place to meet.
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Re: Jerusalem Wine Festival - August 4 through 6 @ 19:00

by David Raccah » Sun Aug 02, 2009 6:01 pm

OK, Eli I checked and Cañela Restaurant is not mehadrin and/or glatt, at least according to the info on the web. I love trying to make plans on the web! So, what about any restuarant you think is appropriate from this URL: http://www.eluna.com/partners1.asp?SortOrder=4&city=4&ShowPartyRoomRests= (eLuna).

Also what time?

I will be flying from the U.S. Monday afternoon (Israel time), and would love to have this worked out by then. Also, please PM me your cell phone number. I will be getting one when I arrive and will call to double check.

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Re: Jerusalem Wine Festival - August 4 through 6 @ 19:00

by David Raccah » Mon Aug 03, 2009 2:14 pm

Hello All,

I wanted to update the thread. Yigal (E.Y.), and a friend, and I will be meeting at Eldad VeZehoo in Nachalat Shiva'ah at 5:45 PM for an early dinner. Ten we will be making our way to the museum. If anyone wants to join the meal, by all means swing on by. If not, I hope we can at least meet at the tasting.

I think we have an agreed upon spot Asif's booth at 9PM, I hope I get a chance to see some of you there.

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