Tipping Some Back at Tishbi

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Today we took a trip to the Tishbi winery about an hour north of where my folks live. A lovely young woman named Edom took us on a tour.

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The Tishbi gallery was founded in 1882. Baron de Rothschild acquired land throughout the area, and hired Michael Tishbi (great-grandfather of the current owners), to plant vineyards.

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The estate produces several series of wines, and each barrel has 300 liters and at 750 ml bottles, each barrel generates about 400 bottles – the winery produces approximately 1 million bottles a year. They use French and American oak – the French is used for the reserve wines (natch).

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For 40 NIS each, we did a wine and chocolate tasting, going through about 7 different varieties (I lost count, I wasn’t spitting as much as I was swallowing). The Shiraz was our favorite, followed by the dessert wine.

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After the wine tasting we had lunch at the cafe. The family shared a generous cheese plate (I introduced the nephew in law to Roquefort and Camembert), delicious fettuccine with mushrooms, ravioli in cream sauce and fish and chips.

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Next we took a short trip into Zichron Ya’akov, a small town known for its vineyards and lovely pedestrian mall. Lined with interesting shops and boutiques, this was a fun place to look for atypical gifts and curios. One shop was the Goren Sculpture featuring the works of Danny Goren.

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Danny’s story of overcoming MS and fulfilling his dream of becoming an artist was inspiring and my sister and I both bought a few items – I got a small bowl perfect for teaspoons and tea bags (now necessary with the increased tea
consumption).

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Last stop was poking my head into the synagogue named after the father of the Baron – Ohel Ya’akov.

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In addition to beautiful stain glass windows, the ceiling was painted with stars, reminiscent of the stars in the dream of the Biblical Ya’akov (Jacob).
In all, a fun filled day in the north, with fun sights and good wine, and a good memento to come home with.

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One response to “Tipping Some Back at Tishbi

  1. sounds like an incredible day! i love love love zichron, it was my first choice for a community when we first moved here… did i mention i love zichron? sadly the commute was not so workable for those commuting 😦 … i still regret not living there.

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