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Andy Katz – Photographer

Andy Katz

Photography has taken Sony Artisan of Imagery Andy Katz around the world multiple times. From the red sands and skeleton coasts of Namibia, through Eastern Europe and its ancient Jewish cultures, deep inside the most exclusive wineries in the world and through the heart of Rock & Roll. Andy discovered his passion for photography when he was eight years old. Since then, he’s known he wanted to spend his life behind the camera. Andy has documented more than 90 countries and along the way, he has photographed most of the top wineries of the world and multi-platinum recording artists, The Doobie Brothers and Dan Fogelberg. His Fine Art photographs are featured in museums and galleries worldwide and inside 12 art books. His forthcoming photography book—a love letter to wild places, inspired by a COVID-escape—will feature each of the 63 US National Parks

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Andy Katz - Namibia

The Making of Aperture Cellars Winery

Six million album covers, a wall of awards, and a full passport—Sony Artisan Andy Katz says it was all an excuse to enjoy good music, drink world-class wine, and explore the world with his young son Jesse in tow.  The world works in mysterious ways.  Father and son lived for a time in Burgundy, while Andy documented the great wineries of France. Traveling village to village, Jesse was fascinated by the difference the land, or “terroir” had on the taste of the same varietal of grapes. He fell in love with the art and science of winemaking, taking a summer job interning at wineries in Santa Barbara While he went to Business school to figure out his career path.  That experience showed him that you did not have to be born into a wine family to be a winemaker and there were degrees that could pave the way for him. He switched schools and completed degrees in enology, viticulture, and a minor in chemistry. To fast-track his apprenticeship, he worked back-to-back harvests in the Southern and Northern hemispheres, and started his own brand, Aperture, while working at Napa’s famed Screaming Eagle in 2009. Since then, he has made the first 100-point wines in the region’s history, made the most expensive bottle of wine ever sold (Selling for $1M to charity) and was named winemaker of the year multiple times.  In 2019, Jesse built a winery for Aperture Cellars, where the buildings are shaped like the lens of the camera, as a nod to his father’s craft and the inspiration for his career. Join us for a talk that celebrates life, love, and the art of winemaking.