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Wine Seminar with Jesse Katz

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“Like my father’s ability to tell amazing stories through his photography, my greatest joy is bringing together and inter- weaving the intricacies of space, place, and time – in essence, the terroir – that make a stellar bottle of wine.” – Jesse Katz

We are honored to have Jesse in Boulder hosting this education class.  If you are interested in learning more about the art of blending wine, this event is not to be missed!   We have a limited number of seats, so reserve quickly.

Jesse Katz, Winemaker

Early adventures to legendary vineyards and wineries around the world with his father, photographer Andy Katz, rooted Jesse in a passion for place and respect for creative crafts. Jesse is inspired by the relationship of unpredictable nature in the vineyard, precise science in the winery, and a craft millennia in the making. His winemaking centers on selecting unique sites, then pairing diverse farming and winemaking techniques to extract the deepest expression of each vineyard.

Today, Katz creates terroir driven wines for his brands: Aperture Cellars, Devil Proof Vineyards. Aperture, a collaborative project with his father, focuses on Bordeaux varietals and demonstrates an expression of art both inside the bottle and out. Devil Proof Vineyards, Jesse’s flagship wine, is a single vineyard, dry farmed 100% Malbec, whose first release received the highest rating of any Malbec from California from both Robert Parker, Jr. and Wine Spectator, and was named “Cult Winery” of the year. Jesse's new winery and vineyards slated to open in 2019 will showcase sustainable wine growing and production, while expanding capacity.

In 2010, Katz was the youngest-hired head winemaker in the US at Lancaster Estate, where he brought to bear his handcrafted style of terroir driven winemaking and established their Roth Estate brand. During his five-year tenure, he orchestrated the building of the new Roth winery, production facility, and tasting room on Chalk Hill Road, grew the Roth line over 800% and received 90+ scores on every wine scored by Robert Parker, Jr and his wine was designated as Top 100 Wines by Wine Spectator. During this time, he also pivoted farming and winery practices, making both certified sustainable. His experience spans 15 harvests at wineries like Pétrus and includes time on the winemaking teams at Screaming Eagle Winery, Robert Foley Winery, and Viña Cobos and Bodega Noemia in Argentina.

Jesse has been named 40 Under 40 Tastemaker by Wine Enthusiast and was the first winemaker on the Forbes 30 Under 30. Aperture Cellars was recently selected as a Rising Star by Wine Spectator and a bottle of his 2015 The Setting Wines just became the most expensive single bottle of wine ever sold, earning $350,000 at Emeril Lagasse’s annual charity wine auction. Jesse puts his abilities to work raising funds for good causes, such as Becoming Independent, Navy Seals Foundation, United Way and Roots of Peace whose “Mines to Vines” program works to restore economic stability to war stricken areas of the world through agriculture. He also produces custom wines for athletes and celebrities like Tony Hawk, Superbowl MVP Von Miller, Shep Gordon, as well as Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel's wedding wine. He has also been featured by multiple media outlets, including: Wine and Spirts, Food and Wine, Drinks Business, Wine Advocate, Worth, Bloomberg, Huffington Post, ABC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, FOX News, People, ESPN, Forbes, People, AOL, Esquire, and others.