Event: Jewish winemaker talk at JCC East Bay Jan. 19

Jeff Morgan, the co-owner and winemaker of Covenant Wines, will be part of a talk at JCC East Bay Jan. 19. Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel

Next Thursday, JCC East Bay will host three Bay Area Jewish winemakers in a discussion about how they were able to follow their dreams in the wine world.

Jeff Morgan, of Berkeley’s Covenant Wines, will be a part of the talk, and he will share his story about how winemaking put him on a path to be more observant. Also on the panel will be Eric Cohen of Justice Grace Vineyards, which is a strong advocate for fair wages and labor practices and was previously based in Berkeley. Joining these two will be Chaim Gur-Arieh of C.G. di Arie Vineyards, who was born in Turkey and lived in pre-state Israel as a teen. Once he moved to the United States, he played a part in the invention of major U.S. food brands like Hidden Valley Ranch Salad Dressing before founding his winery in the Sierra Foothills.

Wine from all three wineries will be poured at the event.

Regular Nosh contributor Alix Wall will be leading the discussion, which starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance and $12 at the door; more information is available here.