Daniel Rogov, Israel's most famous wine critic, passed

From: Avi A.
Sent on: Thursday, September 8, 2011 11:12 PM

Food & wine writer and critic, Daniel Rogov, passed away on the morning of September 7th 2011 at his home in Tel Aviv.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, David Joroff discovered his love for wine and food when visiting Europe and particularly during lengthy stays in Switzerland and France. However, he was better known by the name he used professionally, Daniel Rogov.

In 1976 he made aliyah to Israel and in 1982 began to write on food and wine. Daniel started with the Jerusalem Post, and later moved to the Haaretz newspaper. Gradually he developed from being a writer on the color and culture of the local culinary scene, into being a restaurant and wine critic demanding new, high standards of quality. He gradually became more and more a ‘wine & food critic’, as his wine work gradually took precedence.

Rogov brought the 100 point scoring system to Israel, copying the Wine Spectator and Robert Parker, and became Israel’s only full time wine & food critic. He started a wine and culinary forum, well before blogging became commonplace and his wine forum in particular had a following from all over the world.

In 2000 he began to contribute to Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book and in 2003 he started to write the Israel section for Tom Stevenson’s Wine Report. Daniel wrote a few books on gastronomy, but will be best remembered for his Rogov’s Guide To Israeli Wines and Rogov’s Guide to World Kosher Wines, which became the standard guides for both Israeli and Kosher wines worldwide. The books were on the shelves of major book stores throughout the English speaking world, advancing the Israel wine brand to places they had not been to before.

In Israel Rogov created new standards for wineries to reach and then generously supported them with high scores. Abroad, he became an ambassador for the Israeli brand bringing to Israeli wine revolution to a larger more international audience. He was a gregarious, warm personality who loved a chat, and with an audience, he was never short of a story.

In the late summer of 2011 he first became ill but stoically continued to write and communicate with his forum. On the early morning of September 7th, he wrote his own farewell to his forum members, which ended: “As to the future, remember me if you can. As I have enjoyed you, I hope you have enjoyed me as well. Overall, it was a good life.”

Daniel Rogov, z”l. May Your Memory Be A Blessing.

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