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Wines of the Oldest World: A Top Sommelier's Guide

Israel and the Levant

Evening Program on Zoom

Friday, April 9, 2021 - 6:00 p.m. ET
Code: 1L0380
$65 - Member
$75 - Non-Member

Tasting Kit Pick-Up Instructions

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(Photo: Israel Wine Producers Association)

REGISTRATION ADVISORY: Please read through the complete program description before registering. This program includes a wine tasting kit as part of its ticket price that must be picked up from a local Washington, DC wine bar.


Israel and the Levant can be considered the oldest world when it comes to winemaking. Archaeological records show domesticated grape growing and winemaking in this region dates back more than 5000 years and is largely responsible for the evolution of modern wine.

In this guided tasting with Erik Segelbaum, explore Israeli wine's storied past, present, and future. Taste wines made from biblical-era indigenous grapes, which are enjoying a resurgence of cultivation. Segelbaum also discusses the French connection and the influence of the Baron Edmond de Rothschild (of Château Lafite Rothschild) on Israel's wine scene. He explores Israel's future in Mediterranean varietals, how the Israeli spirit made the desert bloom, and the social and environmental consciousness that exists in Israeli winemaking.


  • The cost includes a curated personal tasting kit with enough wine for one person to sample the full lineup of wines.
  • Additional participants must register individually to receive their own tasting kit, which is an essential component of the workshop.
  • Kits are available for pick-up on Thursday, April 8, 12–4 p.m., and Friday, April 9, 12–4 p.m., at The Eastern wine bar in the Capital Hill neighborhood (360 7th St SE; Metro: Eastern Market along the Orange, Silver and Blue Lines).
  • Pick-ups are contactless, with all appropriate health, safety, and social distancing precautions. Due to state and federal laws, wine kits may not be shipped.
  • NOTE: Patrons will receive additional wine tasting kit pick-up information by email prior to the program.


Erik Segelbaum is a Wine Enthusiast 40 Under 40 Tastemaker for 2020 and Food &  Wine magazine’s 2019 Sommelier of the Year. He holds the designation of Advanced Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers, one of fewer than 600 specialists in the world who hold this level of certification. Segelbaum is the former corporate wine and beverage director for Starr Restaurants, a wine journalist and educator, and chief vinnovation officer of SOMLYAY hospitality and private events consultancy.


  • If you register multiple individuals, you will be asked to supply individual names and email addresses so they can receive a Zoom link email. Please note that if there is a change in program schedule or a cancellation, we will notify you via email, and it will be your responsibility to notify other registrants in your group.
  • Sales will cut off for this program by Friday, April 9 at 9:00 a.m. ET.
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  • Separate Zoom link information will be emailed closer to the date of the program. If you do not receive your Zoom link information 24 hours prior to the start of the program, please email Customer Service for assistance.
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