Jewish winemakers event to benefit synagogue

Kugel, knishes … and cabernet? Congregation Shir Shalom in Sonoma will host its third annual “Jewish Winemakers’ Tasting and Nosh” on Oct. 28, with offerings from 22 local wineries and an array of homemade Jewish delicacies and creations, including mini-Reubens, matzah ball shooters, rugelach and knishes.

The event, to be held for the first time at Veterans Memorial Hall, is intended to highlight the work of Jewish vintners. “People don’t realize there are so many Jews in the wine business, and they’re making really good wine,” says Avram Goldman, who has chaired the event since its inception in 2010.

A silent auction will include more than 50 items, such as gift certificates to Wine Country restaurants and spas, tickets to sporting events and wine — including a magnum (1.5 liters) of 2006 Covenant Cabernet Sauvignon by Jeff Morgan. (“A lot of people want to get their hands on that bottle,” Goldman says.) Musical entertainment will be provided by Brazilian jazz pianist Stephanie Ozer; Mamaloshen, an all-female klezmer band; and Shameless, a band made up of Sonoma seniors.

The event will run from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Hall, 126 First St. West, Sonoma. Tickets are $40 in advance and $45 at the door. All proceeds benefit the congregation’s educational and cultural

programming. For tickets or more information, call (707) 935-3636 or visit