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Herzog Family Honored at YU Museum Gala

Herzog Family Honored at YU Museum Gala

Guests at the Yeshiva University Museum gala dinner

Museum Raises Thousands at Wine-Centered Fundraiser

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Wine lovers and supporters of Yeshiva University Museum gathered at City Winery on Wednesday evening for the museum's annual gala dinner. 

This year's gala was themed "The Vine Cheereth," and honored the Herzog family, owners of Royal Wine Corporation and donors to the museum. "This evening of celebration – and taste exploration – will enable Yeshiva University Museum to continue its important work of preserving Jewish culture and bringing our traditions to life," said the event website. 

An exhibition slated to open in spring 2019 will focus on Judaism's traditions involving wine in which the Royal Wine Corporation is involved in planning. 

The evening, whose tickets cost $750, was an oenophile's dream. It began with a buffet of sushi and salads and wines from around the world. 

Guests were then invited to take their seats where they ate a two-course dinner planned by Gabe Garcia, the executive chef of the Tierra Sur restaurant at Herzog Wine Cellars in Oxnard, California, which was paired with wines from Baron Herzog. 

First came thin slices of seared ahi tuna crusted with fennel seeds and pepper over tomatoes and capers and a refreshing glass of Herzog Special Reserve Russian River Chardonnay. 

The main course was fillet mignon served with pureed parsnips and roasted carrots, and Herzog Special Reserve Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. 

Following the dinner, David Herzog, patriarch of the Herzog family, spoke with Rabbi Dr. Meir Soloveichik, of Shearith Israel, The Spanish & Portuguese Synagogue.

Rabbi Dr. Meir Soloveichik spoke with David Herzog during the dinner.

Soloveichik asked Herzog about his family's winemaking history as well as the growth in use of grape juice (Royal Wine's own Kedem, in particular), the popularity of Bartenura moscato among Jews and gentiles alike, and the evolution of kosher wine from sweet and syrupy to refined. (Herzog marks Royal's decision to import Chateau Le'Pin to the United States in 1976 as the turning point in this country and Castel's switch to making kosher wine as the beginning of the uptick of the Israeli wine boom.) 

Jeff Morgan, founder of Covenant Wines, spoke about his long connection to the Royal Wine Corporation which began with his days as a wine journalist seeking information for a Passover wine story, to the Herzog family eventually helping him launch Covenant. 

A wine auction followed, with $26,200 raised to benefit the museum.

Jeff Morgan of Covenant Winery at the auction.

Photos credit: David Khabinsky/Yeshiva University

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