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August 2015

eight30 - Thailand - vacation

vacation memories

The summery weather made me recall my last vacation in Thailand.
There is something about this place that made me fall in love with it immediately and return there again, and again and again… white beaches, blue skies, good food and beautiful landscapes.
These thoughts also made me want to go to work this morning dressed in my holiday outfit… Yeah, well, that didn’t happen.

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eight30 - Domaine du Castel


Much as I love the city, there are times when I've just got to get out of town, crank up my summer songs playlist and hit the road.
About a week ago I went with my best friends, themselves career women, to visit Domaine du Castel – an estate winery ten miles west of Jerusalem in the Judean Hills. It's a pastoral location where the vines are in a tightly spaced planting grid designed to keep yields low and quality high. To produce wine of a high quality they only use the best French oak barriques from the forests of Central France. 
After a short tour of the winery, we settled down to the business of wine tasting. The wines were elegant and classic, like Chardonnay which was full and round with plenty of yellow tropical fruit and roasted almonds. We also tasted red wines – "Castel Grand Vine"  (a blend consisting mainly Cabernet Sauvignon with Merlot and a touch of Petit Verdot) and "Petit Castel" (bland of Merlot with an addition of Cabernet Sauvignon).
It was fun!

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