Eran Pick has become Israel’s first Master of Wine. It is an exciting announcement for Israeli wine. Only 343 people in the world are entitled to use the prestigious letters MW after their name. Consider all the wine buyers, winemakers, wine educators and wine critics the world over. Without doubt they are very worthy and knowledgeable, but out of all these wine lovers and connoisseurs, only those comparatively few, with MW after their name, have truly reached the pinnacle of their trade.
The Institute of Masters of Wine was founded in 1953. The prestigious list of MW’s come from twenty five different countries, some from wine producing countries, others not. However, never from Israel. The examination consists of three stages, including Theory and Practical Exams and culminates in the submission of a final Research Paper.
Israel has many wine experts and wine connoisseurs. Some are self-proclaimed wine specialists and others have knowledge and credibility. However in the wine trade, the Master of Wine is considered above all.
Eran Pick was born in Kfar Saba and today lives in Tel Aviv. He is the winemaker of Tzora Vineyards, which is situated in the Judean Hills on the way to Jerusalem. This is one of the finest boutique wineries in Israel, awarded three stars in Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book 2016.
Tzora Vineyards was founded in 1993 by the late Ronnie James, who brought Eran Pick on board in 2006. Pick took over as winemaker in 2008. Recently, he added the duties of CEO to his winemaking responsibilities. The winery produces wines under three labels: Judean Hills, Shoresh and the prestige Misty Hills.
Between 2004 and 2006 Pick travelled and gained experience in wineries in Bordeaux in France, Napa Valley and Sonoma in California and also Barossa Valley in Australia. In 2006 he graduated from the University of California at Davis with a B.S. in Viticulture and Enology with Highest Honors. Then he began work at Tzora. He is married with three children.
In 1900, the Carmel No. 1 was awarded a gold medal at the Paris Exhibition. This announced to the wine world the rebirth of Israeli wine. The modern Israeli wine industry had been founded by Baron Edmond de Rothschild. In 1987, the Yarden Cabernet Sauvignon 1984 won a major trophy at the International Wine & Spirits Competition in London. Then this was a major surprise, which announced the start of the quality revolution in Israel.
Now, in 2016, Israel has its first Master of Wine. Israeli wine is truly on the map. This is a massive achievement for Israel. Mazal Tov and congratulations to Eran Pick!