For it’s sixth consecutive year, LA Winefest 2011 continues to ripen. More tastes, more fun, more experience for those appreciate over 550 different wines, brews and spirits. Among the local tastes will be Herzog Winery.
Herzog Wine Cellars is busy redefining kosher wines. The French may think they own the bragging rights to wine history, but according to Herzog, “Jewish winemakers were making wine over 5,000 years ago when the ancient Gauls drank only water with dinner.” In fact the knowledgable grapers explain: “The Jews may have the oldest codified relationship to wine of any people on earth.”
In Jewish culture and custom, wine holds a very special position. It is considered to have spiritual significance and the blessing over a glass of wine—called Kiddush—regularly marks the beginning of religious ritual.
In 1985, the Herzog family decided to expand their winemaking operations to California, where they make wine under two separate labels: Baron Herzog and Herzog Wine Cellars. After nearly twenty years the family, under head winemaker Joe Hurliman’s supervision, built its own state-of-the-art winery just south of Santa Barbara, in the town of Oxnard.
Herzog Wine Cellars has created a center for high-end contemporary winemaking in a tradition that dates back nearly six centuries. However, this new winery was truly designed with Special Reserve and small-lot winemaking in mind. It combines state-of-the-art winemaking technology with a hands-on approach to artisanal winemaking. In addition to the recognizable Baron Herzog and Reserve labels in the winery’s line-up, which are made from grapes sourced throughout California, the winery has recently created a new Single Vineyard collection, highlighting specific vineyard sites exclusively in the Napa Valley. These wines are inspired by the family’s ongoing commitment to sourcing and prospecting new vineyards. With innovation and creativity, Winemaker Joe Hurliman is able to explore the intricacies of terroir and the uniqueness of time and place in the vineyard.
Los Angeles wine lovers rejoice as LA WineFest the finest grape festival returns June 11-12. But this year has expanded in every way possible for the purpose of audience enjoyment. The two-day festival will feature over 550 wine, spirits and brews, along with multiple classes to learn about your favorites from the masters, music, entertainment and more food options to balance your palate.