Rogov Obit

Founded by the late Daniel Rogov, focusing primarily on wines that are either kosher or Israeli.

Re: Rogov Obit

Postby Bob Henrick » Wed Sep 07, 2011 9:48 pm

I am profoundly dumbstruck for this to have happened so suddenly. I am sad to the point of tears, and I am desolate that the ray of sunshine known as Rogov will shine no more. I know that he will look down upon all of us frequently with a smile on his face and perhaps a wink in his eye. So Long old friend, I hope to meet you on that other side one day.
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Re: Rogov Obit

Postby Mark Sztar » Wed Sep 07, 2011 11:36 pm

I first posted on this forum just over a year ago requesting advice on Israeli wineries to visit on my upcoming vacation.

Daniel didn't just reply to my message, he offered to meet me in person when I arrived in TA. And then, he upheld his promise too.

Sure, we only met at Arcafe for a coffee...and Rogov probably would have gone there for his usual double espresso without me anyway...but, I cant imagine the leading wine critic of any other country offering to do the same.

It was a real 'mensch' thing to do and I will remember it for a very long time.

Farewell Daniel...
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Re: Rogov Obit

Postby B Kessler » Thu Sep 08, 2011 1:58 am

Rogov you will be missed and remembered. Thank you for educating us all in our appreciation of wine and food.

My condolences to the family.

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Re: Rogov Obit

Postby Mike Filigenzi » Thu Sep 08, 2011 2:05 am

First saw this obit last night, and it was like a brick to the head. It stunned. I mostly knew Rogov through what he posted on the Food Lovers' Discussion Group, rather than what he wrote on wine. Still, that was more than enough to become quite attached. His deep enjoyment of everything from the simplest street food to the grandest of cuisine was a constant reminder to take as much pleasure as possible in every good meal that comes my way. How often do you run across someone who really savors life the way Rogov did?

To those of you who knew him better than I: you have my deepest condolences and my basest envy.

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Re: Rogov Obit

Postby Raanan BI » Thu Sep 08, 2011 3:24 am

Gentleman, Sir, Senior,

What a great man you were, how generous, kind and gentle, funny and fun.
I only met you once, in your last book unveiling, but have read hundreds of thousands of your words.
Found this forum one time I googled you, and have been following ever since.
Slept over these news of you being gone, and awaken realized how big a part you have been in my life during these recent years.
I used to open my mornings reading this forum, catching up, and been waiting for your wineries visit review like a little boy waiting for his weekly magazine to be found in the mail box... I could then - reading - feel the wine on my lips and tongue, obliged to your passionate writing.
Thank you so much for all you have been to me, for the way you were - unimitable and unreplaceable.
Will always cherish your doings and your memory.

I believe I represent all of us forumites in the following words:
There will now come many to fill your vacant post, but none would be you.
Therefore you left us no choice but to taste it all by ourselves.

Thank You Daniel Rogov.
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Re: Rogov Obit

Postby Ori C » Thu Sep 08, 2011 4:14 am

I have only been a part of this forum in during this last year, found it while looking to expend my knowledge in the wine world.

Rogov has been a daily escape for me for a few minutes or more and I waited for his new posts eagerly, waiting to see what he has for me to learn and dream of.

Thank you Daniel.
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Re: Rogov Obit

Postby David O » Thu Sep 08, 2011 6:52 am

Hommage à Daniel Rogov

Daniel Rogov était un célèbre critique dans le monde du vin et, comme l’a écrit l’un de ses fans, l’ambassadeur et l’avocat de la « révolution des vins kosher et des vins d’Israël ».

Rogov aimait le vin. Passionnément. Il le dégustait tôt, au petit matin et à jeun. Avec beaucoup de modestie et de respect pour ce produit de la terre des hommes. Et délivrait ses notes à des millions d’amateurs et de professionnels en quête de repères. Sollicité en permanence, il en dégustait près de 7’000 par an.

Voyageur infatigable, il a parcouru le vignoble du monde pour rencontrer les vignerons sur leurs terres, prodiguant avec gentillesse, intelligence et humilité ses conseils à tous les acteurs majeurs du vin kosher.

Ecrivain au talent sûr, il avait un goût exquis des mots et avait publié dans les plus grands guides et journaux gastronomiques de par le monde. Ses descriptions de crus resteront célèbres. Il éditait un guide annuel « The Rogov’s guide to kosher wines & israeli wines » qui était devenu une bible indispensable pour qui voulait mieux comprendre cet univers.

Rogov aimait Israël et le peuple juif. Il a consacré ses 40 dernières années au renouveau du vin kosher et a été un acteur de premier plan dans le succès de l’industrie du vin en Israël, qui compte aujourd’hui parmi les plus performantes au monde.

Avant Rogov, on servait un vin kosher pour faire le kiddouch, et on le buvait à contre coeur lors de bar-mitvah ou de mariages. Aujourd’hui, le vin kosher est devenu a « new jewish way of life » renouant ainsi avec l’époque bénie où le vin des rois de Judée s’exportait en Grèce antique et à Rome.

Grand séducteur tout empreint de mystères, personne n’a jamais su l’âge exact de ce vénérable séptuagénaire (octogénaire?). Ni ses origines. Et rares sont ceux qui connaissent son vrai nom puisque Rogov était son pseudonyme… Adam Montefiore, dont il était l’intime, écrit ce matin qu’il l’appelait David. David Jeroff.

Critique intègre, mais critique tout de même, il ne comptait pas que des amis parmi les vignerons et les dégustateurs, mais l’immense majorité d’entre eux lui ont rendu un vibrant hommage le 29 Août dernier dans un palace de Tel-Aviv. Sa santé devenant fragile, il y annonçait sa retraite mais affirmait avec humour que le jour où un médecin lui enjoindrait de ne plus boire, il changerait de médecin.

Il disait aussi qu’il arrêterait de boire une semaine avant sa mort.

Et bien voilà, Rogov s’est éteint ce matin, au petit matin, dans un paisible sommeil, après avoir posté pour ses innombrable admirateurs un dernier courrier posthume dans son célèbre blog viewforum.php?f=29.

Daniel Rogov est parti en paix avec lui-même: « c’était une belle vie » écrit-il en conclusion.

Mais il disait surtout que le meilleur vin au monde est celui que vous aimez.

Chapeau bas Daniel Rogov. Et Lehayim!

David Ouanounou – Genève. 7 Septembre 2011.
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Re: Rogov Obit

Postby Adam Peters » Thu Sep 08, 2011 10:35 am

I only discovered the wide world of kosher and Israeli wine because of Daniel, and for that I will be eternally grateful. As a newcomer, I'm truly sad that I won't have him to help guide me through all the wineries and cellars of the world. I hope this forum will continue as a place where we can all strive to improve our knowledge and experience of wine.

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Re: Rogov Obit

Postby Or Shoham » Thu Sep 08, 2011 10:51 am

My sentiments have been expressed by others in this thread far better than I could have expressed them myself, so I will forgo trying to add anything original. I'd like to express my condolences to Rogov's family and friends - he will, of course, be missed by all of us as well.
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Re: Rogov Obit

Postby Yoni M » Thu Sep 08, 2011 11:46 am

I was devastated to hear yesterday morning of Rogov's passing, and reading Rogov's final post was one of the most emotionally challenging few minutes in my recent memory.

This forum, and its previous home at Stratsplace, was a hugely important part of my life during my time in Israel. I cherished Rogov's erudite writing, his ethics, and his dedication to the forum. I recall sending a private message to Rogov and pacing anxiously as I awaited his reply. I remember gushing to all of my friends about our correspondences, and about my presence at his 2007 book launch. I also recall getting so worked up over something contentious that Rogov wrote that I couldn't work for an entire afternoon.

Rogov graced us all with his generosity, wisdom, and intellectual and sensory stimulation. His senses and memories remain immortalized in his vast corpus of writings.

May his memory be a blessing.

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Re: Rogov Obit

Postby David Raccah » Thu Sep 08, 2011 12:11 pm

I am still reeling from the loss of our leader. I know I am often rambling, but when I think of Daniel and the loss we all face now, I am in total devastation. Daniel taught me most of what I know about in the world of wine. He taught me about the wonder of kosher wine, what it should taste like, what it tastes like in conjunction with wines I could not try. He was my view into the world that I did not knew existed.

However, now I realize he was far more than that. Sure, Daniel helped me understand and appreciate the nuances of wine, but he was also a fearless leader. The few times I had the opportunity to meet with him, he always was Daniel - kind, knowledgeable, with a side of curmudgeon. I say that because the wine world needs a curmudgeon, it needs someone to not buy the line and to say it as it is. Good leaders lead by example, they say little and do much. Daniel was that for me in the wine world.

Daniel was more than just wine notes and scores - he was the leader, and he will be missed.

I will miss him dearly - I know that the wine world that grew up on him, will dearly miss him (as I do)...

Daniel's passing has left a massive hole in the kosher and Israeli wine world - I truly hope people understand what he meant to all of us....
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Re: Rogov Obit

Postby Jo Ann Henderson » Thu Sep 08, 2011 12:35 pm

The man did everything in style. So fitting that he would write his own obit and farewell to the forum members. I take my scarf off to you, old guy, will kiss the hem and let it blow away in the wind in your memory.
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Re: Rogov Obit

Postby gaston k » Thu Sep 08, 2011 3:30 pm

Baruch Dayan Haemet
What is apparent, both in my own feelings in hearing this difficult news and those sentiments shared so poignantly above, is that this is a true loss to all whose lives he touched in various and sundry ways. May his memory be blessed and his family be consoled.
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Re: Rogov Obit

Postby Ken Schechet » Thu Sep 08, 2011 6:34 pm

A few years ago I went to Israel for a wedding and also to write an article about Israeli wine. I contacted Rogov and to my surprise he mapped out an itinerary for me to visit a representative group of wineries and offered to meet me for coffee at his beloved Arcafe. We just clicked on a personal level immediately. A scheduled half hour suddenly became almost two hours. He asked me to join this forum and I did. We maintained a personal contact through email ever since.

Daniel was a unique person. A courtly gentleman with a wonderful sense of humor and an obvious love of life, he was a throwback to a different but better time. He was my friend and I will miss him terribly. We will not see his like again.
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Re: Rogov Obit

Postby Sam Platt » Thu Sep 08, 2011 6:54 pm

The news of Rogov's death is terribly sad. I had no idea that he was ill.

From recommendations on Kosher wines to requests for tasting notes, Daniel always responded surprisingly quickly to my messages. He was truly a Gentleman, with a capital "G".

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Re: Rogov Obit

Postby Yossie Horwitz » Thu Sep 08, 2011 11:29 pm

I posted a summary of eulogies (English & Hebrew) and a collection of Rogov videos here:
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Re: Rogov Obit

Postby Sam M » Fri Sep 09, 2011 12:24 am

I am heartbroken to learn of Daniels untimely death. It's evident by all the heartfelt posts that he has touched so many people. Daniel leaves behind a legacy of helping to elevate the worlds awareness of isreali wines. I for one have been enlightened by this forum. My sincere condolences to his family friends and loved ones. May you be comforted with good memories and in the knowledge that his spirit will live on in this forum and in the isreali wine culture.
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Re: Rogov Obit

Postby Yossi Levi » Fri Sep 09, 2011 2:11 am


Your notes helped me a lot on my way to understanding wine, but I not less appreciate and admire your perpetual striving for integrity and openmindedness.

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Re: Rogov Obit

Postby Adam N » Fri Sep 09, 2011 5:53 am

May we all be worthy of equal amounts of respect from our peer's as Daniel was. :(
He will truly be missed.
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Re: Rogov Obit

Postby Susan Lilly » Fri Sep 09, 2011 9:04 am

Such a sad loss for all of us who knew him through his work. Even more so for his family and friends and those of you who were lucky enough to know him in person through your interest in Israeli wine.
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Re: Rogov Obit

Postby Aeyal G » Fri Sep 09, 2011 9:18 am

I was asked to post this:

"I think the shock of Daniels passing has finally settled in after a few
hours. Daniel was one of the good... no, make that great guys to walk this
earth. If I had to sum him up in three word, it would be "a real mensch"!
The world is a better place for his being here, and I don't say that about a
lot of people. I can just see Daniel sitting there typing his own death
announcement, and probably making wise cracks about it too!
I feel privileged to have become a friend, even if a distance one, and
although we used to debate and argue, often by email, it was always with
mutual respect and understanding. He only had one great failing; he didn't
like Sparkling Shiraz (even the top tier ones) - which makes him a heathen.

I will be having dinner with some wine tragics tomorrow night and will raise
a glass of something special to him at that time.

He had a fine zest for life, and the a wonderful appreciation of quality; be
it wine, food or people, and that made him pretty special.

As I don't post on his forum, I would appreciate it if you could post the
above for me and signed (TORB aka Ric Einstein)."
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Re: Rogov Obit

Postby Harry J » Fri Sep 09, 2011 10:02 am

R emebering wines and conversations
O f so varied subjects and years
G iving of his time and patience
O ut of passion for students and peers
V ery sorely missed will he be.
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Re: Rogov Obit

Postby Ian Sutton » Fri Sep 09, 2011 3:52 pm

Please pass on my regards to TORB - I miss his posts on the Aussie wine fora (and indeed his own website). Hope he's in good health.
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