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  • Writer's pictureLee Hoffmann Agiv


Every now and then, people ask me- “what’s your favorite wine in the world?”

My answer is usually a smile. I smile because the answer is very simple yet complicated.

When I try to remember the best wine I ever had, I find myself thinking of specific and special events in my life. It can be a great rainy evening with friends at Hotel Montefiore restaurant in Tel Aviv. We had Bourgogne Hautes Cotes De Nuits by Domaine Berthaut-Gerbet. The wine was silky, indulging, and really complimented the food.

It might be a family brunch. I cooked a light meal; it was barely noon, so we had a chilled Sphera Sauvignon Blanc. The match between the wine and the time of the day, made me feel like this is probably the best Sauvignon Blanc in the world.

I also remember a romantic trip with my husband to Spain. After we landed, we rented a car and drove to Penedes. We had a private tour at Cavas Nadal winery. I was amazed by the traditional methods they use to produce the wines. They use concrete tanks for first fermentation. Then the wine is moved into bottles and age there for a few more years. The smell in the ageing tunnels was incredible. It was the best Cava I ever had.

The wine is always a part of a bigger story. A story about the places you go, and about people you spend time with.

To discover your own story, we invite you to click here and take a walk on The Wine Side of Israel.

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