Baron Herzog

Herzog Winery
The Jewish people have a special relationship to wine that predates even the Romans and Greeks. For the ancient Jews, whose temple in Jerusalem was renowned throughout the fledgling civilizations of the Middle East, wine played an important role in religious ritual. Today, thousands of years later, it continues to do so. Kiddush, the prayer over the wine, traditionally announces the beginning of the Sabbath on Friday night as well as other holidays.

And so it should come as no surprise that the Herzog family has been making wine for a long time. They trace their winemaking origins back to Philip Herzog, who made wine in Slovakia for the Austro-Hungarian court more than a century ago. Philip's wines were so appreciated by Emperor Franz-Josef, that the emperor made Philip a baron. The Baron Herzog wines--a line of premium yet moderately priced California varietals--are named to commemorate the honor.

Baron Philip made both kosher and non-kosher wines. The kosher wines were made in a separate cellar and tasted remarkably like his non-kosher wines. Indeed, the wines were made in the same basic manner. However, the kosher wines required a Jewish, Sabbath-observant cellar crew.

During World War II, Philip's grandson Eugene hid his family from the Nazis by moving them around the Slovakian countryside. After the war's end, he emerged from behind a false wall in a courageous Christian friend's woodshed to reclaim his family's winery.

But three years later, the new Czech communist regime drove the Herzogs away from their European home for good. Forced to leave with little more than the clothes on their backs, the family said goodbye to their former royal economic and social stature.

Eugene brought the family to America in 1948 after the Holocaust. He arrived in New York City with his wife, Sidonia, six of his own children and two additional war orphans. They moved to the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn with only enough money to rent a two-bedroom tenement flat. With his winemaking skills, Eugene found a job at a small kosher winery tucked away into a storefront on Manhattan's Lower East Side. For a paltry salary, he made sweet, Concord-grape wines in the cellar. (European grape varieties for dry wines were not easy to obtain in post World War II New York.) He also drove the wine delivery truck. But because the company was so poor, he was paid for his driving acumen in company shares, not cash.

For years the shares were worthless, but by 1958, all the other shareholders had given up their shares. They assumed the business was doomed to failure. Eugene and his sons, who all went to work at the winery, proved them wrong. They called their new venture Royal Wines, in deference to their grandfather, Philip.

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 twenty years of renting space in various wineries, the family was finally able to build its own state-of-the-art winery just south of Santa Barbara, in the town of Oxnard. Here, under the supervision of head winemaker Joe Hurliman, Herzog Wine Cellars has created a center for high-end contemporary winemaking in a tradition that dates back nearly six centuries

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Baron Herzog Jeunesse Cab Sauv 2017
Semi-sweet . Berry . Cherry . Floral. Medium-bodied"Jeunesse Cabernet Sauvignon displays a vibrant ruby color, soft texture and perceived sweetness on the palate, with aromas of fresh berry, cherry and floral notes."
Item Number: 31177
Bottle:$9.95
Case: $119.40
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Baron Herzog Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
"Produced in California, this particular Baron Herzog wine is produced using grapes grown in the Central Coast regions of San Luis Obispo and Edna Valley. All of the grapes were blended before bottling, but aged separately to create an approachable, yet impressive Cabernet Sauvignon."
Item Number: 31057
Bottle:$11.95
Case: $143.40
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Baron Herzog Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Since 1985, Baron Herzog has set a standard for quality California winemaking. Within this bottle rests a heritage of excellence spanning nine generations, and craftsmanship fit for royalty. Intense aromas of green apple and white peach with light hints of melon and herbal notes. Baron Herzog
Item Number: 26316
Bottle:$10.45
Case: $125.40
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Baron Herzog Lodi Zinfandel 2014
Lively and refreshing with aromas of fresh cut strawberry and cotton candy. A crisp texture, bright color and distinctive fresh taste make Baron Herzog White Zinfandel remarkably versatile.
Item Number: 26315
Bottle:$12.45
Case: $149.40
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Baron Herzog 'Centenaire' Cotes du Rhone Red NV
" From the Rhône comes this easy-drinking mevushal red. Its marked spiciness and fruit make it ideal with Moroccan food, and it doesn't have the high price of many other southern French wines. " ~ Winery notes
Item Number: 15733
Bottle:$14.95
Case: $179.40
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Baron Herzog White Zinfandel 2016
"Lively and refreshing with aromas of fresh cut strawberry and cotton candy. A crisp texture, bright color and distinctive fresh taste make Baron Herzog White Zinfandel remarkably versatile."
Item Number: 6129
Bottle:$7.95
Case: $95.40
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Baron Herzog Chenin Blanc 2017
"The grapes used to produce this wine originate from California's famous Clarksburg appellation. It displays all the wonderful elements characteristic of this varietal. Specifically, this wine exhibits intense fruity notes of gooseberry, white peach and nectarine. To experience the intense, fresh
Item Number: 1027
Bottle:$7.95
Case: $95.40
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Baron Herzog Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
Baron Herzog has set a standard for quality California winemaking. Within this bottle rests a heritage of excellence spanning nine generations, and craftsmanship fit for royalty. Elegant and full bodied with rich notes of black stone fruit, boysenberry, nutmeg and a kiss of oak bring distinction to

Baron Herzog Jeunesse Cab Sauv 2016
Baron Herzog Jeunesse Cabernet Sauvignon displays a vibrant ruby color, soft texture, and perceived sweetness on the palate, with aromas of fresh berry, cherry and floral notes. In an effort to produce Cabernet Sauvignon Jeunesse as a wine that exhibits its exceptional characteristics, ripe grapes

Baron Herzog Jeunesse Cab Sauv 2015
Baron Herzog Jeunesse Cabernet Sauvignon displays a vibrant ruby color, soft texture, and perceived sweetness on the palate, with aromas of fresh berry, cherry and floral notes. In an effort to produce Cabernet Sauvignon Jeunesse as a wine that exhibits its exceptional characteristics, ripe grapes

Baron Herzog Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
The grapes for this very approachable Cabernet Sauvignon come mainly from the highly regarded Paso Robles appellation. Aged for 18 months in stainless steel to highlight its berry and plum notes, it finishes with fruity blackberry and spice flavors. It is light in the mouth with food-friendly

Baron Herzog Sauvignon Blanc 2014
This Sauvignon Blanc is grassy and floral, with citrus fruit character. It's dry, medium-bodied, and goes well with fish or light meals. Drink lightly chilled. Mevushal and Kosher for Passover.

Baron Herzog Jeunesse Chard 2014
In an effort to produce Jenunesse Chardonnay, a wine that exhibits bright and exceptional fruit characteristics, the winemakers of Baron Herzog cold fermented it exclusively in stainless steel tanks. Aromas and flavors of peach, pear and citrus are accented by a hint of sweetness. This youthful and

Baron Herzog Zinfandel 2013
" Spicy, smoky wine with plum and pepper notes and vibrant food-friendly acidity. Goes well with spicy fish, turkey and chicken. " ~ Winery notes

Baron Herzog Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
"With aromas of blackberry and mild oak, this is a full- bodied, rich wine that boasts layers of berry, currant, and anise flavors, which linger on the finish." ~ Winery Notes

Baron Herzog Sauvignon Blanc 2013
" A fresh and lush mouth feel with flavors of fresh quince, white peach and herbal notes, with a long fruity finish. Enjoy chilled with asparagus vinaigrette, Thai dishes, grilled halibut or roasted chicken. " ~ Winery notes

Baron Herzog 'Special Reserve' Zinfandel 2006
"A rich and powerful wine with lush texture and well-defined blackberry and spice flavors." ~Winery notes

Baron Herzog Jeunesse Cab Sauv 2014
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"This semi-sweet red has lovely up front fruit that follows through on the palate with a slightly sweet finish." ~Winery Notes

Baron Herzog Jeunesse Chard 2012
" Intense floral aromas are followed by notes of fresh peach, pear and citrus with hints of toasty vanilla oak. Soft in texture, this well-balanced wine is crisp and refreshing on the finish. " ~Winery Notes

Baron Herzog 'Special Reserve' Zinfandel 2005
"A rich and powerful wine with lush texture and well-defined blackberry and spice flavors." ~Winery notes

Baron Herzog Merlot 2006
"Originally grown in South-West France, the Merlot grape has found a second home in the vineyards of Languedoc. The resulting wines are full and aromatic, with an attractiive deep red robe.Carefully and patiently vinified, the Herzog Selection Merlot embodies all the characteristics of this

Baron Herzog Brut NV
"Toasty aromas, leading into delicious fruit flavors supported by bright acidity." ~Winery notes

Baron Herzog 'Special Reserve' Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
"Wonderful complexity, finesse and depth of flavor, with layers of earthy currant, plum, wild berry, spice and cedar. Long elegant aftertaste." ~Winery notes