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Background Information

Employment History

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Winemaker

Neocork Technologies Inc

Executive Winemaker

Herzog Wine Cellars


Royal Wine Corp

Executive Winemaker

Royal Wine Corp

Consulting Enologist

Royal Wine Corp

Vice President, Partner and Winemaker

J. Lohr



Winemaking Consultant


Executive Winemaker



Stern and Associates


Masters Degree


University of California at Davis

Business Administration

University of California at Berkeley


University of California at Berkeley

Web References (46 Total References)

Cork, Essential Stopper Material or Wine's Last Affectation? [cached]

According to Neocork CEO Peter Stern, "Consumer research confirms that, to the vast majority of wine drinkers in all price ranges, the cork material is not important.The primary consideration is preserving the tradition of pulling a cork ...

Neocork Technologies Inc. - News [cached]

Andy Starr or Peter Stern

"As winemakers, our goal in the creation of a superior cork is to preserve all the traditional rituals of wine presentation while ensuring a positive experience with every bottle a consumer opens," said Neocork Technologies Chairman and CEO, winemaker Peter Stern."Our investor wineries clearly defined the performance criteria for an ideal cork and we used our technical expertise to develop it.We're confident that this final round of testing will prove that Neocork is the state-of-the-art wine closure," added Stern.
Three years in development, Neocork is poised for recognition as a superior wine closure, according to Stern.
Closely held, Neocork Technologies, Inc. was founded in 1995 by Peter M. Stern (Chairman and CEO) an internationally renowned winemaker and winery consultant, Andrew L. Starr, a winemaker and former Fortune 300 product marketing manager (President), and Dr. Stuart Yaniger, a product development expert in plastics with 18 US patents to his credit (Chief Technical Officer).

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Peter Stern, Consulting Enologist and Winemaker The Royal Wine Corporation.Makers of Herzog and other Kosher Wines. ** Peter is also a consultant for Carmel, in Israel

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Peter Stern has been active in the California wine industry for 36 years.He began his formal training with a Masters Degree in Enology from the University of California at Davis and studied Business Administration in the MBA program at the University of California at Berkeley.His career began with industry standard bearers Gallo Winery and Robert Mondavi Winery before he moved to the Silicon Valley to accept a position as Vice President, Partner and Winemaker for the J. Lohr Winery in San Jose, California.
In 1981, Peter formed Stern and Associates, a wine production management and consulting firm.For the past 24 years the company has consulted for clients in Israel, Spain, Hungary, Argentina and France.Most notably, Peter consulted for the Golan Heights Winery in northern Israel for 19 years.A front page article in the Wall Street Journal (March 29, 1991) recognized Peter's major contributions to the development of this winery.
Peter has acted as the administrator and executive winemaker for the New Jersey based Royal Wine Corporation for nearly 20 years.These California wines have won awards in local, national and international competitions every year since their conception and have been recognized in major wine publications as some of the finest wines in California.In 2004, with Peter's leadership, Royal Wine Corporation won 16 gold medals, 5 "best of class", a "4 Star", a "Chairman's award" and a "Gold Sweepstake".These prize winning wines are produced from grapes grown in the prestigious regions of Napa, Sonoma, Paso Robles, Monterey, Clarksburg, Lodi, Edna Valley and Santa Ynez.
Beginning in 2002, Peter took the executive lead in the enormous task of building a new 72,000 sq. ft. winery for Royal Wine Corporation."Herzog Wine Cellars" is located in Oxnard, California and was completed in January of 2005.
In addition, Peter travels to Israel four times a year to consult with Carmel Winery as the production management and winemaking consultant.
In recognition of his accomplishments with respect to kosher wines, Mr. Stern was the subject of a feature article in the December 1999 issue of the prestigious Wine Spectator magazine.

News & PR [cached]

Over the past two decades, the Royal Wine Corporation, under the direction of CEO David Herzog and executive winemaker Peter Stern, has been steadfast at dissolving the sugar-coated image many associate with early kosher wines, which had high levels of residual sugar.

"Our market is growing, but it's questionable how rapidly," said Stern."But it's definitely not falling off.Younger people who are religious want kosher wines."
A Kosher Partenership
Stern, who is not Jewish, has been with Royal Wine since 1984 when he was hired to oversee harvest, and says the Herzog family has always been committed to producing fine wines.Now he teaches and directs the team of observant Jews who perform the hands-on production at the winery.
Previously, Stern worked for Robert Mondavi, E&J Gallo and J. Lohr, but it was his expertise as consultant for Golan Heights Winery in Israel that earned him acclaim.
"I hired Stern as our consultant during the harvest of 1984.
Since Royal doesn't own vineyards, Stern has always contracted grapes from vineyards in the Alexander and Russian River Valleys, Clarksville and the Central Coast.In fact, Royal was the first kosher wine company to establish long-term contracts with vineyards and to use French and American oak barrels.
Production began in Northern California, gradually moving south, closer to Herzog's expanding Central Coast vineyard sources.In 1998, when it became clear the winery needed a winemaker to handle daily operations, Stern hired Joe Hurliman.
"I felt Joe had the best palate," said Stern.
Stern then sent Hurliman to San Martin, south of San Jose, to help cellar master Josh Goodman move the winemaking operation to central Coast Wine Services (CCWS) in Santa Maria.
Near the end of their lease, Stern said it became clear they had to build a winery.The only question was where to put it.In the late 1990s they chose Oxnard, which Stern admitted wasn't his first choice.
"I looked at Napa and Sonoma, but it was just too difficult to work out.Staffing was tough everywhere, but there's a large Jewish community close to Los Angeles," Stern explained.
But, in the end, Stern and Hurliman believe the wines will prove what's most important about Herzog Wine Cellars.
Adjacent to the lab, Stern and Hurliman added a staff tasting room with natural lighting.
Although the new winery was built strictly for Herzog Wine Cellars, Stern and Herzog allowed friend Jeff Morgan, a winemaker and wine writer (Wine Enthusiast and the Dean and Deluca Food and Wine Cookbook), to rent space at the facility.
"The tasting room will focus on Herzog reserve wines," said Stern, "but we'll offer our less expensive Baron Herzog wines for sale if consumers show interest." - New York State Wine For Sale Online - Secure Web Shopping at Winery Prices [cached]

Ironically, the revolution in kosher winemaking is being led by a non-Jew-56 year-old Peter Stern.Stern is consulting enologist for the New York-based Royal Wine Corp., which owns the Herzog labels.He has worked for Royal since 1985, when the company contacted him to help develop its varietal wines.With a master's degree in enology from the University of California at Davis, Stern had previously worked for Mirassou Vineyards, in San Jose, Calif., and beginning in 1983, had also consulted for the fledgling Golan Heights Winery in Israel.

Although the rules governing the making of kosher wine forbid him from participating in the physical aspects of cellar work, Stern sets basic winemaking policy.He has formulated the techniques that make Herzog Cabernet Sauvignon the jewel in Royal's crown.
The greatest challenge to making high- end kosher wine is the pasteurization process, which renders the wine ritually impervious to the touch of a non-Jew or a non-observant Jew.
Like any other winemaker, Stern also has had to locate sources of high-quality grapes, invest in top-notch oak barrels and employ gentle, state-of-the-art winemaking techniques."It wasn't until 1995 that I was allowed [by Royal] to buy better barrels and isolate our best lots of wine," Stern confinds.Ironically, Stern's success has created more complications for the intrepid winemaker.Arabbi couldn't believe that Stern's mevushal product could be as good as it is.

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