Haraszthy Family Cellars of Sonoma, with winemaker Vallejo “Val” Haraszthy


The California Wine Country and California wine making of the immediate post-gold-rush period would

probably have remained an informal affair had it not been for the efforts of a flamboyant Hungarian immigrant

named “Count” Agoston Haraszthy. Haraszthy—considered the “Father of the California Wine Industry,”

became friends with General Mariano Vallejo — the founder of Sonoma in 1834 as Mexico’s northern-most

military outpost. Haraszthy’s two sons later married two of Vallejo’s daughters in a grand double wedding. The

Count and the General had a good-natured rivalry over who could produce the best wines, and it was Haraszthy

who started the first commercial California winery, Buena Vista, which still operates today near the town of


Haraszthy’s most important contribution to the California wine country was his intro-duction of European wine

grapes, replacing the old mission grapes. Accepting a com-mission from the governor of California, Haraszthy

traveled to Europe and collected thousands of vine cuttings from about 300 European varietals and brought

them back to be planted in the Sonoma and Napa wine country.

Once the local wine grape growers and winemakers got their hands on the fine Euro-pean wine grapes, the

California wine industry grew quickly and the California wine country was born.

Fast forward to 1972 when a young man named Vallejo Haraszthy (known as “Val” by his friends) takes a cellar

rat job at Buena Vista, coming very close to his roots and the legacy of his great-great-grandfathers. This move

eventually led him to the founding of Haraszthy Family Cellars in 2008, specializing exclusively in the

produc-tion of hand crafted Zinfandel.

WINES: All these wines are under the “BEARITAGE” Label, except the Amador Zinfandel.

16 Pinot Gris Tehachapi Clone, Lodi - 17 Sauvignon Blanc, Lodi - 17 Gypsy Rose, Lodi

16 Red Blend, Lodi - 16 Old Vine Zinfandel, Lodi -15 Zinfandel, Amador - 16 Petite Sirah, Lodi

WHEN: Sunday, February 11, 2018 - 5:00pm sharp

WHERE: Zahir’s 579 Bistro, 579 S Main St, Milpitas 95035

(408) 262-2200 Between Calaveras Blvd(237) and Montague Expwy.

Please have a designated driver. We must be responsible for ourselves, and the safety of others.


1)Zahir’s Famous Prime Rib, Slow roasted and basted in own juices, served Au Jus, Potato Croquette and


2)Grilled Salmon Picatta (wild caught) finished with capers, white wine and lemon butter veggies

3)Eggplant Linguine Parmesan Grilled eggplant, Linguine, sautéed mushrooms, red onions, bell peppers,

Monterey-Jack and Parmesan, and Marinara sauce.

Tossed Green Salad (organic) with House Dressing, Bread, Coffee, and Desert.

Open Seating. Turn cell phones off, and because with wine the nose is so important, please no fragrances.

COST: WINO members $60.00 per person. Guests (prospective members) $70.00 ea. Members may bring one

guest at member price, per member. Non-members may attend their first event at member price. This event is

only for ages, 21 and older, no pets. Please make checks out to WINO and mail to the above address. If your

payment won`t be received by Wednesday February 7th, 4pm, then please call to let Bruce know. In the case

of you don`t show, you still must pay, because I still have to pay for the meals & wine ordered. You will not be

contacted unless a sellout precludes receipt of your check. There will be no refunds after the above date, unless

your place can be filled.

Membership: Make membership payments to WINO, per mailing address & mail to the above address.

$24/yr, $46/2yrs.

WINO Members $60ea, returning prospective members $70ea.

Entree Choices: {Prime Rib, (a)rare (b)med rare (c)med (d) well} 2) Salmon, 3) Eggplant Linguine Parmesan


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