He is Israel’s youngest Head Sommelier, and he’s on a one-man mission to put Israeli wines on the map.
Twenty-two-year-old Oz Korenberg goes to extraordinary lengths to ensure his wine list at Jerusalem’s Mamilla Hotel reflects the character and elegance of Israeli wines.
He recalls encounters with foreign dignitaries, among them Bill Clinton and the Prince of Monaco, and outlines the position of Israeli wines among New World wines.
On the way, Oz throws in a potted history of Israel’s first wineries, as well as a tutorial on how to swirl, sniff, and sip your wine… whilst inhaling through your teeth!
During her visit to Mamilla’s Mirror Bar, host Daniella Cheslow tasted the following wines:
1848 Winery’s Chardonnay 5th generation
2010 Carmel Cabernet Sauvignon, Sumaka Vineyard, Single Vineyard
Binyamina Cave 2010
Oz Kronenberg’s wine recommendations for the Rosh Hashanah and holiday season were:
Affordable white wine: Tulip Winery’s White Franc
Affordable red wine: Galil Winery’s Yiron wine, 2009
Luxurious white wine: Margalit Winery’s Enigma 2007
Luxurious red wine: Yatir Winery’s Viognier