October 12, 2005

Baron Herzog 2002 Edna Valley Special Reserve Syrah

October is the cruelest month for those of us who love our fresh vegetables. We’re lucky in Colorado that we can still grow things—the growing season was over by mid-September where I grew up. But Colorado is a tease: it can be 70 one day and 25 the next, effectively taking the last of the tomatoes, peppers, eggplants and tender greens. So why wait for Thanksgiving to celebrate the harvest? I vote for celebrating now, with Sukkot on Monday, Oct. 17. Sukkot is the Jewish harvest festival, an eight-day period that follows the fasting and suffering of Yom Kippur. Traditionally, people celebrate the holiday by building small huts called Sukkots, and then gathering in them for feasts created from the harvest. You could probably forgo the hut (at least if you’re a shiksa like me), but do reap the last of the Colorado harvest, and set out a spread for lots of friends. Wine, of course, is de riguer, to remind us that winemakers throughout the northern hemisphere are bringing in their grapes right now. You could try Herzog’s Edna Valley Syrah, a rich, satiny red with so much fresh, spicy plumlike fruit that no one will even think to ask if it’s kosher (it is) unless they need it to be.

This article originally appeared in the Denver Post.

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