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by Fred McMillin
for August 29, 1997
With the help of four sons, Eugene did well and in 1985 decided to create a California operation. They bought the San Martin Winery, 70 miles south of San Francisco, which became the Baron Herzog Winery. Without vineyards, Eugene needed help in selecting top-quality grapes. He assured the future success of Herzog in California by bringing in a real wine whiz, Peter Stern, as consultant, and then full-time winemaker. His experience in five overseas countries and three major California wineries shows. (I can recall a Stern Chardonnay from Israel dazzling my Scott's panel some years ago.) Peter brings in Pinot Noir grapes from Oregon, Chardonnay from the cool Russian River, Chenin Blanc from warm Clarksburg, etc. He says he's very happy with his "top-quality fruit and state-of-the-art winemaking equipment." I guess so. Last year, even with a low-profile grape like the Chenin Blanc, he won 15 medals. I TOLD you he is a whiz.
Just the Facts
Postscript: Whence the name "Baron Herzog"? Well, Emperor Francis-Joseph liked the wines so well he knighted the head of the Herzog winery and gave him the title "Baron."
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