Earlier this year, on February 29th, it was announced that there was the first Israeli Master of Wine (MW), Eran Pick. The MW is a very difficult and prestigious title to achieve, with very few in the wine world attaining these initials. It is a sign of excellence, a code of ethics and an indication that the individual strives to always improve their chosen field of expertise.
The First Israeli Master of Wine
Eran Pick is a graduate with Highest Honors from the University of California, Davis, which is known to be one of the top schools in Viticulture and Enology in the world. He has also spent time working at wineries in Napa, Sonoma, Barossa and Bordeaux before he started to work for Tzora Vineyards in Israel, which he is currently winemaker & general manager. This is not only a great achievement for Pick, but it is also a great achievement for Israel as a wine producing region. It is fair to say that at one time, Israeli wine was known more for quantity than quality, and while that may still hold true for some producers, there are many wineries that are making world class wine. There have been major investments into the study of soil, sense of place (terroir) and winemaking technology in the Israeli wine industry.
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