Wine is Good for the Soul
As the title of this series, “Good For The Soul and The Environment“, indicates I believe that wine is one of those beautiful things that calms our soul. We drink it to unwind after a long hard week, we drink it to relax and be social, and we drink it for enjoyment. When I lived in Israel and wanted to relax my soul I’d head to the Tishbi Winery, one of my favorite places to have breakfast.
All About Tishbi Winery
The Tishbi family, who own and run the winery, was given their Hebraicized (turned to Hebrew) last name in 1925 by the famous Israeli poet, Chaim Nachman Bialik (yes, he is related to Big Bang Theory‘s Mayim Bialik). It is an acronym for “a resident of Shefeya in Israel”. Shefeya is the area where their vineyard and winery is located. He gave it to them to thank them for their warmth and hospitality which continues to this day as well as their wonderful innovative spirit. They have created a truly unique idea for helping both the environment and their customers.
My Experience at Tishbi Winery
When I’d go, I’d sit out on the vine-covered patio and have my own little private wine pairing. I’d sip wine, nibble on their homemade bread with their specialty wine jellies and cheeses then head over to the Wine and Chocolate Tasting Centre for a little post breakfast sweetness. One day, before heading to the Tasting Centre to buy one of my favs Tishbi French Riesling (yes, I’m one of those rare people who ADORES Rieslings), I ventured into the store to purchase the delicious jellies I had just eaten with my breakfast Riesling Wine Jelly and Fig Cabernet Wine Jelly (generally I’m not a huge jelly fan, but these were AMAZING!!!). Inside the store was a huge machine. People were standing in line filling up empty bottles.
My curiosity was perked. I walked over to one of the store associates. “What is this?” I asked. “That is a filling station. We believe in “Green environmental preservation” and one of the ways we do this is by offering our customers stations around the country to fill their empty bottles with the house Cabernet Syrah and the house Olive Oil. They not only save a little money, but we all do our part for the environment. It’s a win-win situation.”
Are Tisbhi Winery’s Wines Biodynamic and Organic?
So, they don’t grow their grapes biodynamically, nor is their wine organic, but I think the Tishbi family’s idea is brilliant and based on the long line and huge list of places around Israel which offer the refilling possibility, so do their customers.
Next time we will highlight Frey Vineyards. One of the US’ pioneering organic and biodynamic vineyards.
Until then be good to your soul and the environment, enjoy a nice glass of sustainable, biodynamic or organic wine!