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    I went to a wine tasting last Wednesday. It was a blast. The Royal Wine Group and Herzog Wine Cellars put together their International Food & Wine Festival at the Hyatt Regency Central Plaza.

     

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    The event was all Kosher, and entailed a bevy of delicious food choices. There were tiny little bagels with cream cheese and smoked salmon, ribeye, amazing beef wellington (pastry wrapped steak), fried chicken, and prime rib sandwiches… oh so good.

     

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    I started with white wines as I always do. One of my faves was the

    Drappier Carte D’Or NV Champagne, France

     

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    Wine Spectator gave it 90pts.

    “Elegant, with plenty of fruit flavor but finesse as well. From the Aube region in the south of the greater Champagne area, and made largely of the Pinot Noir grape.” – NY Times

    It was served to me by Pierre Miodownick from Domaine Netofa. He was fabulous and genuinely loved his wines. I also enjoyed another of his wines.

    Cacher Bokobsa Cotes du Rhone Cuvee Centenaire 2009

     

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    Which was quite tasty for landing in the 12-15 dollar price range.

    My favorite of the evening was the

    Psagot Edom Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2010

     

    “The Psagot vineyards are planted on hard, rocky limestone terrain which is terraced in the Mediterranean Greek-Italian fashion. In order to facilitate the vine’s absorption into the ground, holes were drilled into the ground so that the vine’s roots would take hold well below the ground surface. The distance between vines is one meter, and the yield is low, about 600 kilograms per dunam. The terraced terrain makes harvesting difficult, but the 900-meter altitude and the snow which covers the vineyard in the winter compensate for the aforementioned difficult growing conditions ultimately yielding extremely high-quality grapes. The entire harvest is performed by hand in the early morning hours. The short distance between the vineyards and the winery enables the grapes to arrive at the winery within an hour from the time they are harvested.” – winery

    Yaakov Berg poured me a taste.

     

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    All in all it was a thoroughly entertaining evening.