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starguest ThE kosher luxury magazine

S KI PAR AD I S E «Best of Kos h er »

.Issue 4- United Kingdom - All Right Reserved to STARGUEST Ltd

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SWITZER LAND › S MO ST I MP R ES S I V E HOT E L G O ES KO S HE R The Kempi n ski G ra n d Hotel d es Ba i n s

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TOP O F T HE WO R LD S t. Mor i tz

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CO LLEC TO R I T E MS Th e Ar t of J u d a i ca

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WELCOME

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to kosher luxury, J E W I S H lifestyles & I ntelligent giving

United Kingdom STARGUEST Ltd. 103 Leeside Crecent London, NW110JL info@StarGuest.com

Kashruth Summer & Winter in St.Moritz at The Kempinski is Under the Kosher Supervision of Rabbi B.Z.Rabinowitz Of Biala, Chief Rabbi of Lugano, Switzerland. Arieh Wagner Kosher Hotels & Catering in London is Under the Kosher Supervision of The Federation of Synagogues, London - (KF)

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Welcome to the Winter Edition of StarGuest. This magazine is a culmination of a lifelong mission and was founded with one aspiration: to demonstrate that keeping Kosher does mean compromise. In following the 2500 year old divine rules of kashrut, Jews subscribe to a higher authority. However, beyond the religious aspect much of Kashrut is in line with modern quality control and health and safety. Many hundred years before we had governmental health & safety inspectors (or the FDA in the USA), the kosher kitchen separated meat and fish. Today Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACAP) dictates the assigning of white chopping boards for raw fish and red for meat. Further kashrut laws specify exactly how food should be shipped. Today we call this traceability. Recently, UK and mainland Europe were shocked by the “Horsemeat scandal,� that saw horsemeat hidden in a number of supermarket staples. Whilst Kosher butchers were safe in the knowledge that the steak on the shelf never competed in any Olympic dressage competition. So as winter approaches, we wanted to shine some light on the fantastic array of spectacular Kosher cuisine available around the world. This month, we are proud to introduce you our newest kosher luxury partner, The Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains. For the first time The Kempinski in collaboration with my team will offer discerning holidaymakers the opportunity to savour gourmet Kosher cuisine!

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magnificent C A N A P E S

PR IVAT E A IR C H A RT E R

The most important part of any event.

Arrive in style at Europe's highest airport

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s w i t z e r l a n d › s m o st i m p r e ss i v e h o t e l goes kosher

M AG IC A L D ESSE RTS

Kosher Luxury - Beyond 5stars!

Sweet dreams are made of these...

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T H E M O ST CO M PL IC AT E D WATC H E V E R M A D E

St.Moritz - the magnificent Swiss alpine resort with the Champagne climate.

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love on park lane

M A INTA INING T H E L EG AC Y

International photographer Blake Ezra, talks about luxury Kosher weddings at the Sheraton Grand London - Park Lane.

The Montefiore Winery by Adam Sebag Montefiore

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D ISH O F T H E SEA SO N

Judaica and Fine Art Expert Aron Orzel writes about his passion.

Our Chef's little secret recepie

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Magnificent Canapes

Tex t : H e l en a B a ke r C ate r i n g: A r i e h Wa gn er

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crostini Influenced by the cuisine of Italy, these visually stunning canapĂŠs act as a rich enhancement to any summer reception. Creamy hass avacodos are perfectly complemented by homemade sun dried Santorini tomatoes, with fresh toasted pine nut and basil pesto acting as a flavourful dressing to finish off this truly tantalising canapĂŠ.

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quail egg, black truffle This luxurious canapĂŠ, offers a touch of indulgence to any event. Flaky pastry encases: creamy leeks, a soft boiled quail egg and sumptuous freshly shaved black truffles from the Perigord region. Wickedly decadent, it is a delicious nod to French cuisine.

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seared tuna This Asian inspired canapé offers a clean and elegant addition to any reception. Pan seared tuna sits atop cucumber spaghetti and is garnished with pickled ginger and homemade wasabi mayonnaise. These classic combinations allow for the exquisite flavour of the fresh tuna to shine.

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OAK SMOKED salmon A canapé infused with traditional flavours, this colourful dish sees sweet cured salmon complemented by lemon cuttney and fresh microherbs combine to form a tantalising canapé that can be prepared in advance. A rich and vibrant canapé, it is a popular option that never fails to please a crowd.

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Foie gras, Gewürztraminer jelly

risotto, salmon & peas

This contemporary canapé is a unique take on French cuisine. Hot seared foie gras and Gewürztraminer jelly on sweet brioche provide a sensational taste that, thanks to the alcoholic base of the jelly, leaves a warming aftertaste of semisweet wine.

Simple ingredients that have been freshly picked and exquisitely prepared work to create this luscious dish. Buttery Arborio risotto is deliciously balanced by semi cured salmon, petit pois and herb oil for a miniature bowl of warmth and comfort.

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pate foie, figs Luxury foie gras pâté provides a creamy, indulgent base for lightly caramelised Moroccan figs, that work together to create this taste sensation. Rich and indulgent, this sublime flavour combination adds a touch of extravagance to any event.

«fantasy, textures, a taste of paradise»

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switzerland›s most impressive hotel goes kosher profile

by: michael scott

Originally known for its mineral springs, St Moritz has been a popular tourist destination for over 3,000 years. Nestled in the inspiring high-lying valley of the Engadin. St. Moritz is the most breathtaking mountain resort in the world. Celebrating winter with style, charm and cosmopolitan flair, tourists can relax whilst surrounded by truly picturesque scenery...and the team at Starguest offer a luxury, kosher experience. With a dedicated restaurant boasting an extensive wine list as well as a kosher bar menu it offers sumptuous delicacies for a truly kosher 5 star experience.

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«luxury, privacy, we call it paradise»

From left to right: One of the many saunas at The Spa, The fine dining restaurant, One of the comfortable bedrooms.

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What makes a hotel five star? It creates and maintains traditions. The Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains is a magnificent establishment with rich traditions. Guests are greeted by a bright and welcoming lobby with a refreshingly relaxed atmosphere. The interior of the hotel harmoniously combines tradition with contemporary design, creating a stunning contrast that can be seen in the simple wooden furniture, bright colours and exceptional antiques. Modern photographs and historical prints tell the history of this fascinating mountain region. Carefully selected stylistic elements of the Engadin valley and natural materials create a simple yet elegant look. As well as the 184 rooms and suites and the 27 residences the hotel features four restaurants, a bar, a cigar lounge, four meeting rooms, a 2,800 sq m (30,000 sq ft) fitness and spa area, a fabulous duplex kids club, a ski school, a ski rental shop and even a casino. The Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains is located near the lake of St Moritz with the famous “Hahnensee” ski-piste ending right outside the hotel. The “Signalbahn” aerial tramway is just a few metres away from the hotel, this transports skiers in the winter, and hikers and mountain bikers in the summer directly to the Corviglia region. With vast expanses of snow-white slopes, trails and paths there is an option for every level of difficulty. Those who prefer cross-country tracks or

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have ambitions of finishing a marathon will have access to the vast network of cross-country ski tracks or the marathon route around the expansive lake districts right outside the hotel. The close cooperation with the Ski Service Corvatsch and the ski and bike shop in the hotel enables guests to securely store their equipment at the station and pick them up the next day. The snow, the light, the gourmet food and life in St. Moritz are beyond compare. The stunning Alpine landscape is both breathtaking and inspiring, offering spectacular views that will stay with you long after you have returned home. In winter, and covered in thick, white snow the fresh air and dazzling landscapes offer an utterly unique experience. Thats how paradise looks like.

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Left: The pool at The Spa Right: The Lobby Bar

Staying at the Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains is the perfect complement to the rich Alpine landscape. The staff are warm and friendly, always happy to help and ensure a seamless stay for each guest. The Kosher chefs create enticing delicacies drawing on international influences from Switzerland, Italy as well as Jewish heritage whilst the exclusive Kempinski Spa promises the very best in relaxation and indulgence.

«beyond 5 star luxury»

See how the Winter-White turns into an amazing blaze of color and feel the village remains sparkling and glittering as always. Now, the sunny terraces of the mountains huts invite to stay. A great variety of exclusive shops offer the new collections and amongst many other highlights, for example the Polo Tournament on the froozen lake, you have the choice of a lot of sporty activities too. Enjoy St. Moritz – Kosher beyond 5stars!

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by: james M AY

St. Moritz, the most scintillating mountain resort in the world. Nestling in the inspiring high-lying valley of the Engadin, St. Moritz celebrates winter with style, charm and cosmopolitan flair amidst delightful picture-book surroundings.

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the resort

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St. Moritz is not simply a holiday resort. With its spectacular snowy landscape it started winter tourism in the Alps in 1864 and has also hosted two Winter Olympics. However, St. Moritz owes its importance to its mineral springs, which have attracted tourists for over 3,000 years and helped establish the village as a summer health resort. These days, St. Moritz is the premier location for an Alpine holiday.

The Engadin is an impressive landscape where 173 glaciers cover an area of 40 sq. metres. The most evocative is the Morteratsch Glacier, which at around seven kilometres is the longest glacier in the Engadin. Although Roseg, Tschierva, Sella and Pers, also offer an equally striking vision. With a number of crevasses it is possible to see the magnificent blue hues within. Equally mesmerising are the ice caves, which are created in the summer when the relatively warm water makes its way out into the open air.

At St. Moritz it is impossible to be bored, with a number of extraordinary leisure and sporting activities, cultural events, as well as a wide variety of shopping facilities. The resort is also home to some fantastic luxury boutiques from Brioni to Missoni and Vitton to Valentino.

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raetische bahn

Horse and Carriage rides

Giddying viaducts, twisting tunnels and other spectacular feats of engineering all blend harmoniously into the wild and rugged landscape along the 122 beautiful kilometres of the Rhaetian Railway's Albula-Bernina line. Along its way from Thusis via St. Moritz to Tirano, the line leads past 20 municipalities, through 55 tunnels and over 196 bridges – including the highlight, the world-famous Landwasser Viaduct near Filisur, an elegant curved structure of dark limestone 65 metres tall.

A romantic horse-drawn sleigh ride across the frozen lake, through the snow-blanketed Staz forest or through the glamorous St. Moritz is one of the highlights of any stay. Snugly wrapped in furs and blankets, you can gaze past the majestic horses at a landscape of exquisite beauty. Val Roseg: It only takes a little horsepower before you are on your way, to the Hotel Roseg Gletscher (“Roseg Glacier”) at the far end of the Val Roseg. Of course, you could tackle the seven kilometres (4.5 miles) on foot, but a romantic carriage ride is the perfect complement to the winter charm of this enchanting valley, as well as the sublime views of the nearby glaciers and snow-capped peaks of the impressive Bernina mountains. Val Fex: In the village square of Sils Maria, the horsedrawn sleighs are lined up, ready for the ride into the Val Fex, one of the highest valleys in Switzerland that is inhabited year-round.Only a couple of houses make up the hamlets along the way: Crasta at 1,951 metres (6,401ft), and Curtins at 1,973 metres above sea level (6,473ft).

At the line's steepest point, trains conquer a gradient of 7 per cent without the benefit of cog traction. In 2008, UNESCO added the "Rhaetian Railway in the Albula/Bernina landscape" to its list of World Heritage Sites, making the Rhaetian Railway only the third in the world judged to be of "outstanding universal value".

Picture Descriptions: Left Picture: Smow Walking above St. Moritz Top Picture: Romantic Horse-Sledge ride.

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SkIING Famous for its ski slopes, St. Moritz really is the perfect destination for skiers from beginner to advance. With fluffy, luscious snow that glistens and sparkles in the bright Swiss sun there really is no better condition in which to don your skis. Not only that, but with runs spanning most of the village, a phenomenal 350 KM of piste as well as countless slopes, you will be spoilt for choice as you twist and turn along the Engadin valley.

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«It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.» edmund hillary

SLEDGING St. Moritz boasts a variety of sled runs, both large and small. Switzerland’s most famous sled run is just around the corner: a 20-minute train ride is all it takes to reach the top of the run from Preda to Bergün. The 6 km route follows the Albula railway line. A permanent snow-making machine ensures the sled run can be used throughout the entire winter. Around 2,000 rental sleds are kept at the Preda mountain railway station and can be returned afterwards in Bergün.

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Love on Park Lane by: B L A K E E Z R A

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International photographer Blake Ezra, talks about luxury Kosher weddings at the Park Lane Hotel (now renamed as The Sheraton Grand London), one of London’s most prestigious addresses. In a city full of style, tradition, and glamour, it can sometimes be difficult for a venue to differentiate itself, to standout from the others.

now, after being involved in so many breathtaking events there, it remains as impressive as the first time I walked through the art-deco doors.

For our team, The Sheraton Grand does that – especially when it comes to Kosher weddings. This is why we get so excited whenever the opportunity arises to create imagery in this iconic space. Walking through the Ballroom entrance, with an instant feeling of ‘vintage chic’, you know you have arrived somewhere sophisticated and elegant.

Jewish weddings in this magnificent space are something to behold, of course with exceptional hospitality and cuisine from Arieh and his fine team. There is always a choice of impressive spaces for every part of the Jewish wedding day – the Bedeken, the Tisch, and the Yichud room, not to mention the many other areas in which to eat, drink, Daven, and celebrate.

As you descend towards the Ballroom level, the excitement builds until you finally enter one of the most stunning event spaces in central London. Even

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London’s Royal Parks, the sense of style including so many original features, the galleried Ballroom, the mirrored walls, the sweeping art-deco staircases, and the stunning public areas of the hotel. The Sheraton Grand London oozes quality in an effortless manner, and this sense of class is given to any wedding it hosts. We’ve decided to show readers a selection of images from one wedding, as opposed to a portfolio or collection from styled shoots, in order to get a true feel for this wonderful venue. Photos pages 28-31 by Blake Ezra www.blakeezraphotography.com


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ÂŤevery step inside this ballroom unveils snippets of long-gone londonÂť

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judaica & history

collector items C urated by: aron orzel ju D aica & art expert BASEL / LONDON

kesser / torah crown Until quite recently there was no concept of Judaica design. As Jews were scattered in different countries across the diaspora there was a lack of Jewish silversmiths, which meant each piece of Judaica was influenced, not only by Jewish tradition, but also by the design, material and culture of the local area. This Italian crown is both stylistically and, from a design perspective, extremely similar to Italian works of art from the same period. Comparatively, German Judaica varies according to the customs of the area it was produced. Thanks to these nuances an expert can pick up a spice box and tell if it’s German, south German, Polish, Galician or Italian without even looking at the maker’s marks. This is a highly important Italian crown – ca. 18 century A number of collectors are interested only in design and so specialise in Torah crowns, spice boxes, rimonim or chanukiahs whilst some collectors will specialise in the Judiaca from a certain geographical region. This adds an additional dimension to collecting and the reason it’s so important to have knowledge in the field, for example, if a crown has a German mark you know it’s fake.

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Three Men on a bench

These 3 Jewish men are from Carlsbad – which was a spa resort in Czechoslovakia. Carlsbad - like St.Moritz today - was a very popular holiday resort for the Jews and the elite. These pieces were produced as a souvenir, a satire on Jewish holiday makers. They were produced around 1920 when the style was humorous, later pieces, moving into the 1930s, become less tasteful.

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ÂŤsmooth lines pure styleÂť

George Jensen Silver Grapevine Tazza Large sterling silver tazza, design #264A designed in 1918 by Georg Jensen This is the second largest tazza standing 10 3/4"in height, with a diameter of 10inc This in one of George Jensen’s most popular vintage items. Made entirely by hand, including the intricate grapevines, it achieves a natural aesthetic that is lacking in modern day machine manufactured Judaica. The purist Jensen collectors only collect items dated before 1945 even if the model is only produced after 1945. This decorative centrepiece can be used to hold fruit, however beyond being of practical use it also acts as a magnificent work of art.

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You r a i r c h a r ter w i l l ta ke yo u f ro m L o n d o n to St .M o r i t z A i r p o r t - E u rop e› s h i g h est a i r p o r t - i n 2 .5 h o u rs .

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ÂŤ from London to paradise in 2.5 hoursÂť

From left to right: 1. For shorter journeys the helicopter is probably more suitable. 2. Luxurious interior of the private plane stationed in Samedan. 3. Aerial view of the approach to the airport with The Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bain inthe front of the picture.

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Offering the ultimate in luxury, a private jet to St. Moritz is an extraordinary alternative to traveling. Allowing you to avoid any tedious queues, it means rather than arriving at Zurich airport, 210 Km from St Moritz and around a 3 hour drive away, you can arrive in style at the private Samedan Airport, in the stunning Engadin valley, a 10 minute drive from The Kempinski Hotel in St.Moritz. Having been built in 1936 and serving over 20,000 aircrafts per year, it has had decades of experience in refining departures and arrivals even during the snow season. With a runway length of 1800m, and the ability to land even the largest private jets it sees passengers arrive from all over the world. Fully equipped with a range of de-icing equipment as well as the ability to clear snow, it is the perfect option in the winter, when even the thickest Swiss snow won’t prevent a safe arrival into the airport. It is also Europe’s highest-elevated airport where you will be in good company with a vast number of politicians and celebrities having visited. A private jet, as well as offering a premier travel experience where you can enjoy plush chairs, high end cuisine and an exceptional level of service also offers stunning panoramic views of not only the

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breath-taking St. Moritz skyline, but also the very best of Switzerland in the winter. Ensconced in a true lap of luxury you will have the opportunity to enjoy tremendous views. Rolling hills, crystal blue lakes, shimmering snow – as the sun beats down upon Switzerland you should have a clear view of some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. And with, on average, 322 days of sunshine you should have no problem taking a true bird’s eye view of this winter wonderland. You will also be able to see the mesmerising Piz Bernina, a mountain which is raised 4,084 metres above sea level, making it the highest point in the Eastern Alps. Not only that, but the stunning Silvaplauna and Silserssee lakes with their vivid blues as well as their traditional surrounding villages will also offer beautiful views and an insight into Alpine culture. For those who want a more conventional route into St. Moritz, but still desire to view those stunning panoramic views, HeliBernina offer private helicopter rides. This renowned brand allow you to touch the sky, and gain a bird’s eye view of the Engadine mountain range, including snowcapped mountain peaks, stunning glaciers as well as rugged cliffs. Breath-taking and captivating, it is an experience you will never forget.

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magical desserts A com p i l ati on of ou r m o st st u n n i n g d es e r t s , t h es e eye catc h i n g a n d d el i c i ou s opti on s a re t h e p er fe c t way to f i n i s h a m e a l .

chocolate, coffee jelly A chocolate lover’s dream this multi-textured desert features deep, rich and sumptuous chocolate ganache that is given an added kick from miniature pieces of coffee jelly. The ultimate pick me up with an intense flavour it not only looks beautiful, but tastes of heaven.

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ÂŤIt is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.Âť

deconstructed eton mess This innovative take on a classic, sees rich Chantilly cream complemented by an assortment of vibrant berry flavours including strawberry sauce, raspberry jelly, raspberry sorbet, all held together by light and airy meringue. Sumptuously decadent this this dish looks refined, and tastes exquisite.

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A com p i l ati o n o f u n u s a l ven u e s we catered cater at, i n c l u d e T h e Tower o f L o n d o n (a b ove & r i ght ) , L a n ca ste r H o u s e ( to p r i g ht), No 1 0 D own i n g St re et ( r i g ht ) .

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The most complicated watch ever made profile

The Hebrew perpetual calendar can rightly be considered to be one of the greatest contributions to modern mechanical watchmaking. From a mathematical and technical point of view it is a most complex system

Combining traditional watchmaking principles with the latest technological advances, the Reference 57260 watch is a wholly original creation with a total of 57 complications, some of which are unique, including multiple calendars and a double retrograde splitseconds chronograph. In order to synchronize the year of 12 lunar months with the solar year, a thirteenth intercalary month (Adar I) must be added seven times over the 19-year cycle. In the Reference 57260 timepiece, the ingenious mechanism performs this synchronization by specifying whether the current year has 12 months (common year) or 13 months (embolismic year), via a 12/13 indicator with concentric hand on the minutes totalizer of the chronograph at 9 o'clock.

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«Flowers are the Romeos and Juliette’s of nature»

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Maintaining the legacy text: A dam sebag montefiore photos : ariel ariav

Sir Moses Montefiore's seal related to 1886 land purchase in Jerusalem

montefiore winery - israel Kerem Montefiore is a small boutique winery, founded to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the creation of Mishkenot Sha’ananim by Sir Moses Montefiore. This was the first neighborhood built outside the Old City Walls of Jerusalem and it was to become the cornerstone of modern Jerusalem. When the land was originally purchased by Moses Montefiore in 1855, it was known as ‘Kerem Moshe Montefiore v’ Yehudit’ – Moses and Judith Montefiore’s Vineyard. The area was later divided into two neighborhoods, Mishkenot Sha’ananim and Yemin Moshe.

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Arnon Geva was brought up in the neighbourhood of Yemin Moshe and grew up in the shadow of the Montefiore Windmill. Yemin Moshe was the district named by Englishman Sir Moses Montefiore, and alongside Mishkenot Sha’ananim, it was the first Jewish neighbourhood to be built outside the Old City of Jerusalem , eventually becoming the cornerstone of modern Jerusalem. The windmill built in 1857 is one of the most recognizable icons of the Jerusalem skyline. So early on, Geva had a feeling for Jerusalem and an awareness and respect of the life and achievements of Moses Montefiore. He says: “this was my childhood. At the time, I didn’t really appreciate any of it.” He entered the wine business by marriage, becoming an integral part of Israel’s most famous boutique winery, Domaine du Castel. As a family member, he was involved with creating the winery, building the brand and turning the hobby into a business. As CEO and being in charge of exports to America, he soon became known to the wine world as a great businessman and a wine mensch. During the latter part of his time at Castel, he became Chairman of the Judean Wine Route, establishing a base for wine tourism and uniting all the wineries in the Judean Foothills and Judean Hills together. No mean feat given the dismal record of Israeli wineries working together. He also organized wine festivals to market the region. This was the pioneering move in wine tourism, and is still held up as the example for other wine regions to follow. After playing his part in establishing Israel’s finest boutique winery, he then joined Israel’s largest and most historic winery, Carmel, founded by the Rothschilds in the 19th century. There he was the International Business Director using his management skills and expertise in overseas markets. He represented Carmel Winery and their exciting new boutique winery, Yatir. Under his direction, he was able to turn around the export fortunes of Carmel & Yatir, making more profit than they achieved before or since. Then with twenty years wine trade experience under his belt and inspired by a second marriage to the lovely Hagar, he decided to follow his dream. After working for others, he decided to leave and create his own winery.

«Sir Moses MonTefiore apart from being the most famous jew of the 19th century, was also a wine connoisseur.»

Inspired by his heritage he founded the Montefiore Winery in 2010 to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the founding of Mishkenot Sha’ananim, cementing 150 years

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«Montefiore was knighted by Queen Victoria in 1838, only a year after being named sheriff of London.» Sir Moses Montefiore

They are listed in many of the leading restaurants and top wine shops in Israel and are already exported to over 10 countries. The winery makes two entry level Mediterranean blends, there are three reserve wines as well as the prestigious Kerem Moshe. Geva explains: “When Montefiore bought the land, he called it Kerem Moshe – Moses’ vineyard, and for sure there were vines all over.” It was only later renamed Yemin Moshe and Mishkeot Sha’ananim.Arnon Geva, who acts as CEO of the winery, is one of the elder statesman of the Israeli wine industry. At wine events he can be seen, usually dressed immaculately. In a most un-Israeli fashion, he will be standing back, observing and only offering an opinion if asked. When he does speak, it will be wise and of value. “We are looking to make wines that are appropriate to the culture and climate of the land of Israel, which are drinkable and go well with food. I really feel I am continuing the legacy of Moses Montefiore”. Taste the wines, and you will feel the history not only of Israel but also of her wine.

of cooperation between Britain and Israel. “I dreamed of founding a winery using the name Montefiore for years” he explained. The new winery honoured the person, the place and the vision. He chose as his partners the Montefiore family. Siblings Rachel and David Montefiore, the first Montefiores’ ever to make Aliya to Israel, became Arnon’s partners in this project following on from their distinguished ancestor Moses Montefiore. Apart from arguably being the most famous Jew of the 19th Century, Montefiore was also a wine connoisseur. He drank a bottle a day. He loved the vineyards of the Judean Hills, which he wrote about in his diaries and he was the very first to recommend that Jews should plant vines. As Arnon reminds us: “he didn’t just love the wine. He loved the entire process, especially the agricultural aspect. Combining wine with his Zionist ideals was the perfect expression of his values.” The first wines were launched in 2013 to immense acclaim from critics including Robert Parker as well as a number of other notable wine connoisseurs worldwide.

Lechaim!

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E V E N T by A R I E H WA G N E R P R O D U C T I O N : S imon cow E N V enue : T he P illar , london P hoto : D aniel M orris

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DISH OF THE SEASON

Seared salmon salad Lightly seared salmon is toasted with black and white sesame seeds, to create a rich flavour that is perfectly complemented by the crunchy textures of fennel and radish. The canapĂŠ is then finished with a garnish of coriander cress, sesame oil and a dash of chilli. This is a simple dish that can easily be replicated at home for Shabbat lunch. Alternatively just call The Arieh Wagner Catering Team! +44 (0) 20 8458 7708 or Email to: info@StarGuest.com

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