KAZ Vineyards & Winery Sonoma County, California
The labels he designs for his collection of bottlings only added to the winery’s renown, both in the early years and today. The fact that his wife, daughter and son were willing to pitch in was another big factor in his decision and success. “It’s nice having cheap labor,” he says with a laugh when the subject of family involvement is mentioned.
You will likely (almost certainly) find some of that “cheap labor” doing the pouring in “the Barn,” the winery/tasting room/office. It is a handsome building with three barn doors opening onto the parking and sometimes barrel storage area. Around back is a tree-shaded picnic area and garden and everywhere you look are small vineyards, tall fir trees, hills in the distance and a very informal tasting room where the emphasis is on fun, not on pretension. Sample the wines (usually there are close to a dozen being poured), laugh, ask questions and – the key words – relax and enjoy the wines, since that is what a visit to Kaz Winery is all about.
To sum it up in a very few words, you are welcome to come to this one-of-a-kind winery and “see the way Wine Country used to be.” An invitation that is hard to resist.
The Kaz Vineyard & Winery tasting room (aka – the “Barn”) is located at 233 Adobe Canyon Road (off of Highway 12) in Kenwood. You can also look them up on the Internet at www.kazwinery.com or call them up toll free at 1-877-833-2536. They are open Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.