Wine Hunting in Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv has a lot to offer, that's not even a question.
What Tel Aviv has a lot of, are spots to sit down and kick back while you sip on a d-e-l-i-c-i-o-u-s glass (or bottle) of wine. I myself am a bottle of wine kind o' gal and have zero shame in admitting it. When me and friends sit down, we automatically give each other that 'bottle, right?' look and proceed to laugh since DUH.
I have a few of go-to places around Tel Aviv (mostly around my apartment, I won't lie) for my drinking pleasure. I thought I would share some of my faves since sharing is caring and drinking alone is frowned upon. Hey, I don't judge, I drink all by my lonesome too and I'm just fine. I think.
Da, Da & Da | Bar a Vin
Funny name, I know, but this café has a wine list that they can be proud of and an attached wine bar - Bar a Vin - if you're looking for a more bistro style spot. This place is like dinner (or brunch since they also have a mean one of those) and a show - there's some prime people watching here. I usually grab a seat outside, glass of wine, something to sink my teeth into and watch the people walking around.
Gazzetta is exactly what you would imagine a wine bar to look like. It's structured like a storefront but keeps the front of the entire bar open so you can see out onto Habima Square and the Israeli Philharmonic building. Their wine selection is extensive and their nosh is to die, darling (my fave is the artichoke and parmesan bruschetta).
Those who live in Tel Aviv may disagree with me on this one since this place can be a bit pretentious at times. HOWEVER, they get major points for mouth watering food and great wine options. My favorite wines on their menu is the French Malbec Les Jamelles and the Dr. Loosen Rose. In terms of their food, do yourself a favor and order the risotto balls and the mini burgers. You're welcome.
I don't like to think of myself as a wine snob but I am not a fan of the boxed kind and the cheaper labels usually don't sit right with me. That being said, Israel has a lot of boutique wineries that I am a HUGE fan of and have been to quite a few of them over the years. They don't need to be big names to win my love! My all-time favorite winery in Israel has to be Amphora Winery. The grounds of the winery is stuuuhhnnning and their white and rosé selections take the cake in my opinion.