K. Laz Wine Collection
Growing up on the east end of Long Island, New York, Kerrin Laz was raised by parents that loved to cook and bake, using only fresh, local ingredients. Kerrin was first introduced to wine and viticulture during her childhood when she witnessed the evolution of surrounding sod fields and potato farms evolve into vineyards of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Chardonnay.
In 2003, Kerrin joined the DEAN & DELUCA team as Wine Buyer for the Washington, DC store — launching her successful career into the wine industry. After three years on the east coast, Kerrin made the cross-country move to Napa Valley to manage and create the wine selection for the DEAN & DELUCA in St. Helena and ultimately becoming the wine director for DEAN & DELUCA, both domestically and internationally. After an incredible twelve years with DEAN & DELUCA, in the Spring of 2015, Kerrin left DEAN & DELUCA to launch K. LAZ WINE COLLECTION, an online wine shop and beautifully appointed tasting room and retail shop in Yountville, the heart of Napa Valley.
In Fall of 2016, Kerrin added vintner to her title when she released the inaugural vintage of her own wine label, LAZ Wine. Seeing many in the business beginning their own wine projects Kerrin knew that if she were to ever start her own brand, she would only partner with one of the best winemakers and source from only the best vineyards. If that wasn’t a possibility, then she simply wouldn’t launch her own wine. Luckily, thanks to her great working relationship and friendship with renowned winemaker Celia Welch, Kerrin was able to bring Celia on board as the winemaker for LAZ WINE and in October 2016, the debut vintage of 2014 LAZ Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon was released.
During her 12 years tasting, sourcing and bringing to market the best wines for Dean & DeLuca, Kerrin Laz has established personal relationships with nearly every California winemaker worth knowing, and has garnered a reputation as a leading authority on wines in the region. Kerrin has developed a loyal following of discerning wine connoisseurs and has built collections for some of the country’s top CEOs, celebrities, athletes and other influencers. Her ability to secure limited allocations from cult labels such as Screaming Eagle, Abreu Vineyards and Dana Estate (which all have waitlists just to get on the mailing lists) makes K. LAZ the only place in Napa Valley – and possibly the country – where guests can freely taste these labels in one sitting without the high cost of purchasing full bottles.
The following wines will be served at this dinner:
- Dalla Valle
- LAZ Wines (winemaker Celia Welch)
- Sloan Estate
- VHR (Vine Hill Ranch)
Private Home in Wake Forest
Julie and Vern Davenport have graciously agreed to host a dinner at their home in Wake Forest. The address for this dinner will be provided to those who purchase tickets.