Jewish Winemakers with Guest Curator Alix Wall

Date: Thursday, January 19, 2017Time: 7:30 pm
Location:  Show map JCC East Bay, Berkeley Branch 1414 Walnut Street, Berkeley,
Contact: Rachel WhittomPhone: 510-848-0237 x142Email: rachel.whittom@jcceastbay.org

Fees: $8 (presale, student, senior, member); $12 (at the door)

Becoming a winemaker is a pipe dream for a lot of wine enthusiasts. On January 19, meet three generations of successful Bay Area Jewish winemakers who followed their dream.

Chaim Gur-Arieh of C.G. di Arie Vineyards was born in Turkey and moved to pre-state Israel as a teen. Once in the U.S., he had a major role in inventing Cap'n Crunch Cereal, Hidden Valley Ranch Salad Dressing, and other iconic brands, before founding his winery in the Sierra Foothills.

Jeff Morgan of the Berkeley-based Covenant Wines grew up in a non-observant New York family, and his desire to make delicious kosher wine has led the former musician and journalist on a path to becoming more observant.

And the Baltimore-raised Eric Cohen, son of a well-known JCC executive, discovered wine during his time in NYC, and pursued his passion to start Bay Area based Justice Grace Vineyards in 2003, which advocates for fair wages and has introduced a unique "Label Series of Compassion."

Come hear their stories and taste their wines.

Alix Wall is a J. Weekly contributing editor and freelance food writer as well as founder of the Illuminoshi, the not-so-secret society of Bay Area Jewish Food Professionals. She is a certified natural foods chef and contributor to the San Francisco Chronicle, Berkeleyside, KQED’s “Bay Area Bites,” and The Forward.