Although I originally had not planned on bringing any wine back with me, I succumbed to my temptation once I was left without my wife's supervision in the duty free shop. My selection was based on price, novelty--by that I mean items I haven't had in the past and that I don't recall seeing in local stores, and availability--of course. Four of the five wines were bought at James Richardson in TLV airport, and the fifth was purchased at Tishbi winery.
Since I haven't tasted the wines I won't provide any tasting notes, but I will mention the approximate price I paid for each. The list is as follows:
Galil Mountain Alon 2009 - $19.90
Galil Mountain Avivim 2008 - $20.90 - The Avivim is three quarters Viognier and one quarter Chardonnay. I would have preferred the '09 vintage, but they didn't have it.
Yarden Chardonnay Odem Vineyard 2010 - $22.90
Recanati Reserve Petit Syrah/Zinfandel 2010 - $27.90
Tishbi Estate Malbec - 139 NIS.
Its too bad my wife wasn't willing to act as designated drive, or I would have taken the opportunity and tasted through Tishbi's offerings. I know they seem to march to their own beat, often releasing wines that aren't mainstream, and that they are not in the list of trendy Israeli wineries. Nonetheless I was hoping to get a first hand look at the winery, forming my own opinion.
As an aside, Tishbi has created a line of gourmet jelly, many of which are wine based, such their Riesling Wine Jelly that I tasted and is very good IMHO.
Also, the duty free shop was running their usual 3+1 special, so that I actually paid less than the listed prices for the wines I purchased.
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on Tue May 15, 2012 10:22 pm, edited 1 time in total.