Thursday, March 17, 2016

03/17 JESSE KATZ, DEVIL PROOF VINEYARDS, CHEF CLODAGH MCKENNA, HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY

JESSE KATZ - WINEMAKER, DEVIL PROOF VINEYARDS – A CULINARY EVENING WITH THE CALIFORNIA WINEMASTERS 

By the time he graduated high school in Boulder, Colorado, winemaker Jesse Katz had already traveled to the most famous winemaking regions in the world. His family had explored over sixty countries while following the works of his well known photographer father, Andy Katz. It was his visits to Burgundy, Tuscany, Napa, and Sonoma that ignited Jesse’s appreciation for great wine and regional terroir. His stays at Chateau Mouton Rothschild, Argiano, Sassaccia, and Domaine Leflaive left him with fond memories of playing in the vineyards and cellars of these legendary wine houses.

Jesse’s desire to be a winemaker became apparent while working at Fess Parker winery in Los Olivos, California at the age of eighteen. He was a young lab assistant who immediately fell in love with the art of winemaking and its interplay between science and nature. His experience led him to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in Enology and minor in Chemistry from Fresno State University, where he received a full scholarship. At school he had the opportunity to make wine on campus for the first time. “This was a great hands-on educational experience for me, because no one in my family had ever made wine before.”

After finishing school, Jesse surrounded himself with some of the most respected winemakers in the world. He worked six harvests in just three years, spending half the year in Argentina with Hans Vinding-Diers, winemaker at Bodega Noemia in Patagonia and with Paul Hobbs in Mendoza at Viña Cobos. His internship experience in California included work for Bob Foley at Hourglass and at Screaming Eagle, working alongside renowned winemaker Andy Erickson. As winemaker for both Lancaster Estate and Roth Estate since 2010, Jesse has brought to bear his handcrafted style of terrior driven winemaking in producing their most highly acclaimed wines to date.

In 2012, Jesse launched his own winemaking venture with the creation of Devil Proof Vineyards. “Like my father’s ability to tell amazing stories through his photography, my greatest joy is finding ways to artistically express the wonderful experiences I have had in the places I have traveled.” Devil Proof will be the ultimate representation of this expression in the form of beautifully handcrafted wines made near Jesse’s home in the Alexander Valley. In honor of his early winemaking experiences in Argentina, the inaugural offering from Devil Proof will be a single vineyard Malbec from Farrow Ranch. When he’s not spending time in the vineyards or the cellar, Jesse loves to travel and be outdoors. To date he has visited over 70 countries, recently traveling to Namibia, Rotan, and the Galapagos Islands on a diving expedition with his father. To relax, Jesse spends many evenings walking the vineyards with his wife Sarah and their dog Giacomo.

DEVIL PROOF MALBEC
Devil Proof Malbec is a lush, strikingly complex wine that comes from the Alexander Valley hillsides of Farrow Ranch in Northern Sonoma County, California. Due to the very limited nature of our wine, only members of our  mailing list will be offered the opportunity to acquire. Mailing list members can anticipate being contacted each autumn with details on how to reserve their allocation. Our highly selective winemaking process resulted in only seven barrels of this wine being created for our inaugural 2012 vintage. It sold out in just two weeks last fall. Our second release, the 2013 Devil Proof Malbec sold out in just 3 days. Act now to get on the list to be offered the next allocation.

ABOUT THE 27TH ANNUAL CULINARY EVENING WITH THE CALIFORNIA WINEMASTERS
Saturday, May 14th, 2016 6PM
at Warner Bros., “Midwest Street”

A wine tasting extraordinaire and spectacular hors d’oeuvres dinner benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. One of WINE SPECTATOR’S “TOP TEN U.S. CHARITY WINE AUCTIONS” will be held on the “Midwest Street” backlot at Warner Bros.

The California Winemasters is a perennial Wine Spectator Top 10 Charity Wine Auction set for May 14, 2016 at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank.  This extraordinary event showcases 50 international chefs and 75 of California’s Finest Wineries.  “Winemasters” has raised nearly $29 million in support of the mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The CF Foundation is a nonprofit donor-supported organization dedicated to attacking cystic fibrosis from every angle.  It’s focus is to support the development of new drugs to fight the disease, improve the quality of life for those with CF and ultimately, to find a cure. The Foundation’s drug development success has been recognized by Harvard Business School and by publications such as Forbes, Discover Magazine and The Wall Street Journal. Make your reservations NOW for this wine tasting extraordinaire and spectacular hors d’oeuves dinner!

WWW.DEVILPROOFVINEYARDS.COM
WWW.CALIFORNIAWINEMASTERS.COM


CHEF, COOKBOOK AUTHOR, AND TV FOOD PERSONALITY CLODAGH MCKENNA - TIPS ON HOW TO HOST THE PERFECT ST. PADDY’S BASH 

ABOUT CLODAGH:
Clodagh McKenna is the author of five best-selling cookery books, which include ‘Clodagh’s Irish Kitchen’ and ‘Homemade’. She is a familiar face on TV in Ireland (Fresh from the Farmers’ Market), resident chef on TV3’s Ireland AM and has appeared in the UK on Market Kitchen, Waitrose Kitchen, Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch, BBC’s Saturday Kitchen, Rick Stein’s Food Heroes), and recently made her US television debut with her hits TV series 'Clodagh's Irish Food Trails' and is a regular on the 'Rachael Ray Show', and has cooked on NBC’s Today Show, The Nate Berkus Show, The Late Late Show, Esquire TV and among many more.

Clodagh has been working in food for 16 years. She studied in France and New York and trained and worked at Ballymaloe Cookery School and House in County Cork. She has two restaurants in Dublin and creates the menu with Aer Lingus onboard European and Transatlantic flights. Her food ethos is simple, local, seasonal and wholesome cooking, that can be shared with family and friends. Clodagh has many influences in her cooking, having lived in Italy and France, but the bases of her passion for food is Irish.

Clodagh has been featured in Forbes Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Glamour (US), People Magazine (US), Better Homes and Gardens (US), New York Times, UK Saturday and Sunday Times Newspaper, Red Magazine, to name a few.

ACCLAIMED CHEF, COOKBOOK AUTHOR, AND TV FOOD PERSONALITY CLODAGH MCKENNA CAN TALK ABOUT: 
Delicious and modern takes on traditional Irish dishes
Tips on how to host the perfect St. Paddy’s bash
What cocktails to serve on this beloved holiday
How to create some great Irish-themed table-top designs
Where to eat and what to see when visiting Ireland
She has simmering pots of stews and soups, a contemporary Irish breakfast, and the ultimate menu for an Irish dinner party.

WWW.CLODAGHMCKENNA.COM

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