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JUNE 2, 2010 [Kosher, Santa Cruz] Kosher Vigneron. Part #2
I was merely in a Santa Cruz contradiction. Benyamin uses a basket press the size of a large White Mountain ice -cream handcrank. He also has one of the more Lilliputian crusher/destemmers I've seen, made from redwood, with metal spokes, it seemed to cry weaver's studio rather than winemaker's. Just to keep it all going on this otherworldly theme, the labeler looked like a torah scroll.
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JUNE 3, 2010 [Kosher, Santa Cruz] The First Natural Kosher Winemaker? Part #3
Could this man who lives and vines in Santa Cruz become the world's first modern natural wine maker? He is certified organic, in a do nothing way. He picks when there's still acidity. He keeps the cap wet twice a day by bucketing over as well as punching. He doesn't use sulphur until after malo is finished--which he neither blocks or initiates. He is pulling back on oak but he does like the taste. But what he thinks is oak is another's stainless. He racks to bottle, done.
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MAY 31, 2010 [Kosher, Santa Cruz] The Kosher Vigneron of Four Gates, part #1
The morning after the nettle pizza and face-lifted 1964 Faustino @ Chez Panisse cafe, with importers/distributors and friends, Jose Pastor, Keven Clancy (I've decided everyone in California is named Kevin) and his wife Gillian, Jose and I traveled to Santa Cruz on a mission--this county's and perhaps the worlds only frum kosher vigneron.
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DECEMBER 9, 2007 [Kosher, Santa Cruz] Wine Ingredients - should they be posted on the label???
Bonny Doon, of Santa Cruz CA thinks so. I've stated on several occasions that I observe kosher dietary laws, but when it comes to wine, whose production MAY include problematic products (used for clarifying wines) I have looked the other way, figuring these problematic ingredients are removed from the wine before bottling. And who knows, this may become law - which would be GREAT for vegetarians, vegans, kosher consumers, etc.