Bottoms Up

Beer and wine in the Bay Area and beyond

L’Chaim musings

By Jessica Yadegaran
Tuesday, July 10th, 2007 at 11:53 am in Uncategorized.

I’ve been holding off on writing about L’Chaim, the three-day event celebrating Napa’s Jewish vintners. I think it’s because I had such a wonderful time, met so many great people, and drank many a top-notch wine. I just had to let it all sink it.

First of all, I highly recommend this event to everyone, particularly those with Jewish heritage. It fills you with such pride to know that modern day Jews are not only continuing their ancient tradition of taming “the fruit of the vinem” but that they are some of the best in the world doing so. Furthermore, as the new Napa rabbi, Oren Postrel, told me, the community there has a huge spirit. They are small and tight, and they will invite you into their magnificent homes for Shabbat like you are a cousin.

That’s where the festivities began last Friday night, at the St. Helena home of event chair Dick Wollack, and his wife, Sue. There, Rabbi Postrel of Congregation Beth Sholom made a beautiful comparison between between Shabbat/Judaism and wine (the verbage, the heightened spirit, the analysis) and the Finkelstein women (of Judd’s Hill) lit the Sabbath candles and said the blessing.

The following day, I hit a few of the 30 wineries participating in the weekend events. One stand out for me was Hall, which, in addition to making a killer, silky Cabernet Sauvignon (04) and a lovely cherry vanilla Merlot (also 04), has commissioned THE Frank Gehry to rebuild their tasting room. I heard Kathryn Hall speak at Women for Winesense the weekend before, and she is quite a role model for aspiring women in the industry.

More stand outs to come! Five words: Reverie on Diamond Mountain.

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