I recently got an invite from Noam of Baraka Israel to attend a winetasting at Unicorn la Table restaurant in Kileleshwa, Nairobi. I was looking forward to many things. It would be my first time to taste Israeli wine and I was looking forward to see the restaurant. Not even the fact that it was Friday the 13th would dampen my spirits. I had to have a great night.
Israel is an underrated wine market but it has such a rich history, I came to learn. It was interesting to listen to Noam as he eloquently shared some history of wine making with the guests. The vine has been a plant that has been there in history and this is evidenced by different mentions in historical books like the Bible. We tasted wines from the Golan Heights Winery. This winery has ideal conditions of wine-producing just like Tuscany and Bordeaux because of its location, soil, climate, cool breezes and topography.
We tasted a total of 8 wines all paired with bitings and guests could stay as long as they wished after the event. The venue was perfect for the event and it was outdoors. I could not go without mentioning their bar area perfect with high seats and a small lounge area overlooking a chimney with a fire. The Gamla Chardonnay was such a hit but I loved the Shiraz so much. We also tasted the reisling.
People in Kenya can now have a taste in their exclusive wines. Isn’t it interesting to witness the revolution that has happened in the wine industry over the last 3 years? I remember looking for wine events to attend in 2013 when I was starting my blog. I could not find any events and today we have events every weekend and we have so many distributors bringing amazing wines from all over the globe. If you are a winelover or if you are just getting started, you can take advantage of this accessibility and availability of wine.
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Photography by Sylar.