Published: June 24, 2019

Wines of Israel had a strong presence at 2019’s SommCon in Washington, D.C., a leading conference for sommelier-level education and training of wine professionals and serious enthusiasts. On June 25th, Wines of Israel presented an educational seminar, “The Unknown Side of the Mediteranean,” hosted by Master of Wine Sandy Block. The wines highlighted included Carmel Winery “Kayoumi Vineyard” Riesling 2017, Yarden “Katzrin” Chardonnay 2017, Jezreel Valley Winery Argaman 2016, Recanati Winery Reserve “Wild Carignan” 2016, Tulip Winery “Reserve” Syrah, Teperberg Winery “Legacy” Petite Sirah 2014, Gva’ot Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve “Gofna”2016, Yatir Winery “Yatir Forest” 2014. June 24th’s panel discussion “Digging into Unique Terroir GLOBAL,” which was hosted by Master of Wine Jay Youmans, also featured Israeli wines. The panel discussed the geographic and historical elements of Israel in general, before focusing on the unique terroir of the Galilee region. The Israeli wine poured was Dalton Estate Grenache 2016. Rounding out the Israel’s visibility at SommCon, three Masters of Wine (Geoff Labitzke, Mary Gorman-McAdams, and Jay Youmans) presented a seminar on Petit Verdot on June 24th. Two Israeli expressions were poured, Jerusalem Vineyard ‘4990 Reserve Single Vineyard’ Petit Verdot 2016 and Yatir Winery Petit Verdot 2014, for an audience of trade and press.