meshuggabeachparty

You bet. At Judd’s Hill in Napa there will be a lake bar, award winning wines and Jewish surf music as part of the winery’s Hanukkah Hootenanny celebration Dec. 13.

This is the winery’s third go at this out-of-the-box celebration. The shenanigans at Judd’s Hill will be from 12 noon to 3 p.m. at the winery, 2332 Silverado Trail, with entertainment by Meshugga Beach Party, which plays traditional Jewish folk songs in an instrumental “surf music” style. The Hootenanny is $25 per person and to purchase tickets, call the winery at 707-255-2332.

The latke bar will have lively accoutrements such as sour cream and applesauce, as well as some exotic toppings. (Think barbecued beef brisket in slivers on the top of the latkes or potato pancakes.)  It’s great to see the latke, a favorite dish during Hanukkah, celebrated in Wine Country with such passion and, I might add, such creativity. The Jewish holiday of Hanukkah is known as the festival of lights, and this year it takes place Dec. 11 through 18.

This year I’m hoping to get a glimpse of the Meshugga Beach Party, and its surf and turf antics. Its web site at www.meshuggabeachparty.com is worth a visit. Here’s a peek at some copy on its home page: “Ask any big Hollywood macher, and they’ll tell you – it’s the latest craze with the boychiks and maydeles. The parting of the Red Sea and the curl of the Banzai Pipeline. The sands of the Sinai and the waves at Waikiki. The Diamond District and Diamond Head. The songs of the Jews and the sound of the surf guitar!”