There’s an easy (though pricey) getaway currently available at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in coastal Herzliya, just north of Tel Aviv.
Herbert Samuel, the hotel’s kosher version of a famed Tel Aviv restaurant, is partnering with Israeli vineyards by creating five-course meals designed by the restaurant chef in coordination with the vineyards’ sommeliers.
It’s all in celebration of Israel’s 70th year, marking the region’s cuisine and wines at four different meals.
The first meal on March 7 hosted the Golan Heights Winery and last week’s, on May 9, focused on Judean Hills wineries, serving Flam, Castel and Tzora wines.
The wines served last Wednesday were mostly soft reds to accompany the Jerusalem-styled dishes, which included a Jerusalem mixed grill, a vegetable tartlet, lamb shoulder wrapped in Swiss chard, and more lamb, served in entrecote form and as a kebab.
On June 20, Herbert Samuel will host wineries from the Carmel region, with Tulip, Maya and Bat Shlomo, and October 10 is an evening of wines from the Negev mountains, with the Yatir and Midbar wineries.
Take advantage of one of the dinners, served with at least five glasses of wine and chats with the Herbert Samuel chef and visiting sommeliers, and you may want to also think about an overnight at this classically American hotel.
It’s an easy ride up in the elevator to one of the Ritz Carlton rooms, some overlooking the marina and the blue Mediterranean Sea beyond.
The hotel, now part of Marriott International, specializes in classic American style, and the Herzliya Ritz Carlton offers a nautical feel with crisp navy blue touches, dark wood furniture and a spacious white tiled bathroom with separate shower stall and bathtub.
You won’t want to spend too much time in the room when the rooftop pool beckons, with glass walls overlooking the view below, plush navy towels and a full bar, including boozy or virgin fruit smoothies for sipping on the rooftop couches and daybeds.
Reservations can be made through the Ritz Carlton website.