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Bunny Foo-Foo Dresses Up for the Holidays

Rudolph the red nosed ... rabbit?

HALL Wines’ giant Bunny Foo Foo is decked out in antlers, belt and a red nose for the holidays.

“We thought it would be a fun thing to do,” said designer Mary Ross at Napa-based Five Star Productions, speaking for herself and the Halls. “It looks whimsical and brings joy to a lot of people. Bunny is having fun in his costume.”

The costume includes energy-efficient LED lights which Ross’s team installed, after doing a lot of measuring. They found out the rabbit is 32 feet long with 10-foot-long ears. Ross has a background in large sculpture so is familiar with scale and logistics, plus she said her team enjoys heights. They also put the lights on the 80-foot-tall Queen of the Valley tree every year. Commuters on Highway 29 can look forward to other holidays, Ross said, like Valentine’s Day and Easter, that lend themselves to costumes.

You can follow #bunnyfoofoo @hallwines to see more news from Bunny Foo-Foo.


 

Kathryn Hall Shares Ultimate Holiday Playlist

‘Tis the season at HALL Wines.y. Owner Kathryn Hall, most known for her appointment as our U.S. Ambassador to Austria during the Clinton Administration, is sharing a few songs from her ultimate holiday playlist. And Kathryn Hall knows how to throw a party or two.

“These songs remind me of my wonderful family and friends and the great wine and music we all share together during the holidays…and may that wine be HALL.”

 

The Ultimate List includes:

  • All I want for Christmas is you- Mariah Carey
  • Chanukah Song- Adam Sandler
  • Santa Baby - Eartha Kitt
  • Baby It’s Cold Outside- Glee Cast
  • Merry Christmas Baby- Cobie Caillat
  • Someday at Christmas – Jack Johnson
  • Rockin Around The Christmas Tree- Brenda Lee
  • Step into Christmas- Elton John
  • Jingle Bell Rock- Bobby Helms
  • Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer- Gene Autry
  • White Christmas- Bing Crosby
  • I’ll be Home for Christmas- She & Him
  • A Marshmallow World- Dean Martin
  • Silent Night- The Temptations
  • Silver Bells-  Colbie Caillat
  • The Christmas song- Nat King Cole

Happy Holidays from all of us at HALL Wines, WALT Wines and SENZA Hotel. 


 

Prime Living shares one of our fave Holiday Recipes paired with HALL Wines

Culinary Institute Grad and Chef Corrie Beezley shares a Duck Confit holiday recipe paired with our 93-pt 2011 'Kathryn Hall' Cabernet Sauvignon that is a crowd favorite in the Napa Valley. Beezley spearheads a food and wine pairing workshop called 'Demystifying Wine & Food' that takes place on Sautrday's at HALL St. Helena. 

Book your tickets to that experience here. 

 For the full Prime Living Holiday Recipe Guide, click here. 

 


 

HALL Inks Celebrity Chef MikeC. for "A Taste of HALL" - New Culinary Workshop

A Taste of HALL will feature seasonal monthly course designed to engage and inspire both local and visiting foodies alike. The experience will include newly released HALL wines paired with seasonal match-ups led by the enthusiastic culinary wizard, MikeC. The 12-part monthly series featured a fresh, modern approach to seasonal kitch and takes place from our Demo Kitchen at HALL St. Helena. 

To Reserve Your Spot, Click Here. 

 

 To check out the complete story by Monsters & Critics, click here. 


 

HALL Featured in Food & Wine Magazine's 2015 Wine Guide

Our friends at Food & Wine Mag are out with the 2015 Wine Guide highlighting the top 500 American wine producers, and HALL made the list. The book is on news stands now with a great write up on our HALL "Kathryn Hall" Cabernet Sauvignon and our HALL Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc.

 food and wine

 For more on the Wine Guide, visit www.foodandwine.com. 


 

Exquisite Vintages to Pair with Red Meats & Game

ROBB Report features our 93-point 2011 HALL "Kathryn Hall" Cabernet Sauvignon in the new Holiday Issue as a perfect pairing ~

 

To check out the mention, click HERE.


 

 

"Kegged Wine" Trend Not Going Away

Dallas News out with a story about the use of kegged wine stored in hermetically sealed, high-grade, rust-resistant stainless steel. HALL Wines is on board with this cool trend and we even feature our wine keg at HALL St. Helena filled (and at the perfect temperature) with 2013 HALL Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc. 

"Earlier this year, Chef John Coleman was on the patio enjoying the sunset with Dallas’ most famous vintner, Kathryn Hall. He convinced her that his keg system was worthy of her high-end Hall Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc," says writer Cheryl Hall.

To read the full story, click HERE.

 

 


 

CBS's Roberta Gonzales visits us during Harvest to interview Director of Winemaking Steve Leveque

Weekly CBS San Francisco's 'Where's Roberta' segment includes tour of HALL winemaking production facilities, a glimpse into our spectacular Optical Sorter Technology and one-on-one interview with acclaimed director of winemaking, Steve Leveque. Roberta also gets to experience her first ever Grape Stomp. Check out the video below. 

 


 Wine Spectator's James Laube features HALL in California Cabernet Sauvignon Report 

A total of 500 wines were reviewed for Laube's annual November California Cab Report showcasing a portfolio of Napa Valley standouts that fall into both a "Top Wine" and a "Top Value" category - two HALL vintages are mentioned below. 

 

“Top Wine”:  2011 HALL "Kathryn Hall" Cabernet Sauvignon, 93pts

“Beautifully orchestrated, rich and juicy, offering an opulent array of deliciously ripe and layered red and black fruits.”


“Top Values”:  2011 HALL Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, 92pts

"Fairly rich, with dark berry, mocha, espresso, cedar and tobacco notes."

Both wines listed are also included in various packages in our newly released HALL Wines 2014 Holiday Gift Guide, Find out more HERE.


 

North Bay Business Journal Journal Chats Up Hall

"Great Tastes" 

"HALL is a blend of old and new in several ways, in that the historic 1885 Bergfeld Winery building (the winery’s original winemaking facility) has been restored to its former glory, and its new winemaking facility, overseen by Steve Leveque, director of winemaking, uses Old World methods but with modern, sophisticated technology - truly the best of both worlds," says North Bay Business Journal Editor Julie Fadda Powers after her visit to HALL St. Helena.

The full article can be found HERE. October, 2014


 

Interior Design features our Tasting Room in September Art Issue

IN VINO VERITAS: HALL WINES CAPTURES ESSENCE OF THE NAPA VALLEY

“Art and design are what draw our guests in and make them linger to enjoy our wines and the beauty of the area,” Vintner / Owner Kathryn Hall says. “Plus, it’s fabulous for us, selfishly. We love being surrounded by quality work.” 

The full artcile can be found HERE. September, 2014


 

HALL Wines Awarded Prestigious LEED® Gold Certification from U.S. Green Building Council for Tasting Room & Production Facility making the HALL St. Helena property to be the only California Winery with Two LEED Gold accolades.

“The entire vision for this effort was attached to the idea of being green and environmentally responsible,” said HALL Wines President Mike Reynolds. “Craig and Kathryn chose to pursue sustainable farming and building certifications that have become the hallmark for leading our day-to-day operations and high-tech winemaking efforts.” 

LEED Gold Image

(From left: David Horobin, Board Member, U.S. Green Building Council Redwood Empire Chapter; Jarrod Denton, Lead Architect, Signum Architecture; Kathryn Hall, Vintner/Owner, HALL Wines; Mike Reynolds, President, HALL Wines; Craig Hall, Vintner/Owner, HALL Wines; Steve Leveque, Director of Winemaking, HALL Wines; Ann Nevero, Mayor, City of St. Helena, California)

 The Full Press Release can be found here. 


 

Stark Insider TV visits HALL during Napa Valley's annual Festival Del Sole events and went on a walking tour with Craig and Kathryn Hall before a magical Opera Performance by Opera stars Nadine Sierra and Matthew Polenzani. The stars performed a stunning moonlight serenade from the historic Bergfeld building in front of the Great Lawn.

 Read full article > StarkInsiderTV   Published July 2014.

 


 

Wine Spectator’s Ben O’Donnell sat down with Mike Reynolds for a formal Tasting and was impressed how HALL shows just how brightly Cabernet can shimmer with site-specific nuance across Napa’s varied terroirs.  

Napa Cabernet, Every Which Way

"But chiseling down Pinot to its most particular expressions also hews to how Hall bottles its much-applauded Cabernets" - Ben O'Donnell -- Wine Spectator

Wine Spec pic

 Read full article > Ben O'Donnell's Blog -  Wine Spectator, Published August 5, 2014. Photo by Ben O'Donnell.


 

St. Helena Star cartoonist Joan Marten sketched up a creative cartoon for the local newspaper featuring our (not so little) "Bunny Foo-Foo" sculpture at the entrance of HALL St. Helena at Hwy 29. Artist Lawrence Argent created this 35ft steel piece as a tribute to the Hall's children who used to run through the vineyards while growing up singing "Little Bunny Foo-Foo, hopping through the vineyards..."

Bunny Foo Foo

St. Helena Star Cartoon by local Napa Valley cartoonist Joan Martens.


 

Wine Spectator recognizes HALL’s 2011 mountain Cabs as a Top mountain Grown Grape Producer.

An Early Look at 2011 Napa Cabernets
"After the 2011 harvest, many winemakers believed the mountain-grown grapes fared the best, and that is true with the likes of Brand Napa Valley, Bevan Cellars, Tor, Harlan, Hall, Continuum, Schrader and Diamond Creek." - James Laube, Wine Spectator  

HALL Wines Mountain Cabernets

 Read full article > James Laube Wine Flights Blog -  Wine Spectator, Published July 15, 2014. 


Craig Hall, "That block just got 100 points from Robert Parker,"  referring to Cabernet Sauvignon grapes grown in the Rutherford Hills, Napa Valley for HALL 2010 Exzellenz Red Wine, which received a perfect score from Parker, Wine Advocate. Article in Dallas Morning News - May 24, 2014.dallas news BUSINESS story about May 24, 2014

 Read full article > dallas news BUSINESS - Written by Cheryl Hall, Bus. Columnist, Pub. May 24, 2014. 


Craig Hall never wanted to get into business. Article in D Magazine - Dallas, TX.

Craig Hall - The Reluctant Entrepreneur Image from D Magazine

 Read full article > D Magazine - Written by Christine Perez. Published November, 2013. 


Kathryn and Craig Hall's trendy new Winery in St. Helena, in Modern Luxury Interiors - California.

HALL Wines St. Helena Demo Kitchen

 Read full article here > Modern Luxury Interior Design  - Written by Maile Pingel. Pub. April 30, 2014. 


Kathryn Hall shows off what's on her desk in Haute Living Magazine.

Kathryn Walt Hall's Desk

 Read full article here > Haute Living  - Written by Laura Schreffler. Published April 9, 2014. 


Hall of Fame article in C Magazine

On Highway 29, a distinguished name in Cabernet gets a high-concept look.

Hall Wines in C Magazine

Read full article here > C Magazine  - Written by Alison Clare Steingold. Published April 14, 2014. 


Steve Leveque discusses our Optical Sorting Technology with Bloomberg News!

 


HALL Wines St. Helena unveils their new hospitality center on Thursday, March 13th. The sneak-peak open house saw 750 people enjoy wine, food, music and art.

St. Helena Star - HALL St. Helena Open House

Read the full article here. Article written by Cynthia Sweeney, St. Helena Star.


Bunny Foo Foo, a 35 foot sculpture of a rabbit, made it's debut at the entrance to HALL Wines, St. Helena as reported by the Napa Valley Register on March 14th.

Bunny Foo Foo article - Napa Register

Read the full article here. Article written by Sasha Paulson, Napa Register.


The Optical Sorter Robot Technology featured in modern farmer.
"How a Robot Can Sort 2 Tons of Grapes in 12 Minutes"
Modern Farmer Article - Optical Grape Sorter 

Each morning Leveque feeds 200 perfect grapes to the machine, which digitally photographs them and forms a kind of Platonic ideal of a grape.
Read the full article here. Article written by Chris Colin, modern farmer
 


Bergfeld winery building and Patrick Dougherty stickwork art at HALL St. Helena Featured in D Magazine's Travel section - California's Wine Country
"Deck the Halls"
D Magazine article on California Wine Country 

The stunning glass-encased building showcases views of the Napa Valley and stands in stark juxtaposition to a restored 1885 building, the former Bergfeld stone winery, which shares the site.
Read the full article here - article written by Christine Perez


The New HALL St. Helena Featured in the Napa Register
"Halls completing ambitious winery in St. Helena"

HALL St. Helena Entrance

“We wanted to create a warm and friendly place where visitors could really enjoy Napa Valley and our wines,” Kathryn Hall said. The Halls were driven by a desire to make some of California’s best wines, a love of art and architecture — and a sense of history. Read the full article here. Article by Paul Franson.


Look for the 2008 HALL "Exzellenz" on the cover of the May 2013 Wine Enthusiast Magazine!

The folks at Wine Enthusiast chose our 2008 "Exzellenz" as an example of wine from the Rutherford subappellation and had this to say about the wine:
"Made from 100% Cabernet, this shows the tremendous richness and concentration of previous vintages of this wine, which was aged in 90% new French oak. Huge and flashy in cherry, blackberry and raspberry fruit, gorgeous, sumptuous, fat, although purists will insist it’s too much of a good thing. Hard to predict its longterm future, but the next six years are assured. 92 POINTS."

The 2008 "Exzellenz" is long sold out - your best bet to gaining access to future vintages is by becoming a Member of the HALL Wine Club.


HALL Napa Valley Cabernet makes it to the top of Wine & Spirits' List!

In the Wine & Spirits annual restaurant poll issue which reports on America's most popular restaurant wines, the HALL Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon came in at #10 of most popular Cabernet Sauvignons! It goes without saying that we are thrilled to be included in this year's Wine & Spirits "Top of The List" Issue. You can get the latest vintage of HALL Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon in our online store.


Robert Parker's Annual Wine Review are out, and Antonio Galloni had some great things to say about the upcoming 2010 wines!

"Once again, I tasted a large number of wines from Hall this year. The 2010s are off the charts... A meticulous approach to vineyard and cellar work, including organic farming, native fermentations and malos, and the avoidance of fining and/or filtration informs wines of true pedigree and personality. The Hall wines are unapologetically big, powerful and exceptionally well balanced." -Antonio Galloni

94 - 2010 HALL "Stags Leap" Cabernet Sauvignon
96 - 2010 HALL "Howell Mountain" Cabernet Sauvignon
94 - 2010 HALL "Jack's Masterpiece" Cabernet Sauvignon
95+ - 2010 HALL "Ellie's" Cabernet Sauvignon
92 - 2010 HALL "Diamond Mountain District" Cabernet Sauvignon
94+ - 2010 HALL "Bergfeld" St. Helena Cabernet Sauvignon
94 - 2010 HALL "Kathryn Hall" Cabernet Sauvignon

Make sure you are on the HALL Mailing list so you don't miss out on these 2013 releases!


Must Try Wines 2013: HALL Wines Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot Reviews (published 12/17/12)

Tony Brueski, Host/Judge of Travel Channel's Destination Showdown, and editor of NewTasteToday.com has really made us blush!

 


Drink Time: Holiday Cocktails
2008 HALL Napa Valley Merlot featured on Holiday Cocktails segment on FOX CT (air date: 12/7/12)

Watch the Drink Time: Holiday Cocktail segment on FOX CT.

ALISTER & PAINE: The Digital Magazine for 21st Centruy Executives
Napa’s Wine of the Week: 2009 Kathryn Hall Cabernet Sauvignon
HALL Wines employs organic small-vine viticulture, precision winemaking, wild yeast fermentation and micro-block blending to craft extraordinary artisan wines.

Kathryn and Craig Hall might have, quite possibly, the best love story of all time. He was an entrepreneur and investor—she was the US Ambassador to Austria. Both shared a love of wine and Napa Valley, and after they moved the family to Vienna where Kathryn served under Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush they returned to Napa in 2002. Craig and Kathryn reignited their passion for the vineyards and wine industry and set out to make world-class Cabernet Sauvignon from some of the finest vineyard sites and appellations in Napa. It’s a love story for the ages…a love for each other and a love for the historic vineyards they harvest each year.

All great wine starts with the land. In 2005, the Halls unveiled a  state of the art winery amid the legendary Sacrashe Vineyard dedicated to making single vineyard and limited-production wines. Each HALL estate vineyard was strategically chosen for its elevation, micro-climates and soil type.

The vineyards stretch from ancient riverbeds on the valley floor to sun-drenched hilltops, encompassing more than five hundred acres of classic Bordeaux varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc.

Accept what life offers you and try to drink from every cup. All wines should be tasted; some should only be sipped, but with others, drink the whole bottle.
– Paulo Coelho

The philosophy at HALL Wines is that the most important moment for wine comes at the time the vineyard is planted.  Everything is important in the decision making process: rootstock, variety, row and vine spacing, trellis, row direction, soil, irrigation, etc. Farming organically requires that they spend more time in the vineyard monitoring the vines and that additional care and nurturing translates to better wine.

As little manipulation as possible allows the true character of the wines to show through. HALL encourages natural fermentation (alcoholic and malolactic) which are carried out by the yeast and bacteria that are present in the vineyard.  In addition, all of the wines they produce are unfined and unfiltered.  Each of these techniques allows the wine to have more texture, richness, and depth.  The concentration of flavor is really evident in each wine, and allows the winery to stand out in a crowd.

The 2009 ‘Kathryn Hall’ Cabernet Sauvignon is HALL’s signature wine, named for founder Kathryn Hall.   It was just released to the public in September of this year, so you better stock up quick…there’s already a waiting list. The mountain fruit and extensive French Oak barrel aging lends exquisite aromas for the lucky imbiber:   dark chocolate and baking spices, freshly ground coffee beans, ripe plums, bing cherries,  and wild sage reminiscent of the high altitude vineyards above Napa.  The nose develops over time and intoxicates the senses.  If you can pull your nose away from the glass for just a minute and take the first taste, you’ll instantly recognize the dark, ripe, extracted flavors and the lasting sensation of sweet oak barrels and full bodied tannins.

This luscious wine is dense and intoxicating with a sweet, focused core. The concentration will allow it to age beautifully for at least a decade…but anything too far past that and you start to lose some of those beautiful bursts of fruit. While primarily made from Cabernet Sauvignon, the final blend is a ‘melange’ of the best grapes and wines they produce each year.  The backbone is superb Cabernet that comes from their Sacrashe Vineyard consisting of coveted volcanic ash soils.  Here, grapes achieve optimum ripeness and develop unique flavors and a silky texture that feels oh so smooth going down.

Some wines you drink, some you savor.  This is the latter.


Craig and Kathryn on HALL on PBS' CEO (Air date: 6/29/2012)
Craig and Kathryn Hall discuss their varied exciting business ventures, from crafting award-winning wines in Napa Valley, to building a vast office park in Frisco and the creation of the Hall Arts Center in Dallas' Arts District.

Watch The Halls, Hall Financial Group & HALL/WALT Wines on PBS. See more from CEO.


People to Know: 10 Questions with Ambassador Kathryn Walt Hall, Proprietor of Hall Wines with Pamela Sorenson (Pamela's Punch)

Pamela: You grew up in a family which made wine. Not a lot of people can claim this experience. Tell us what that lifestyle was like and perhaps a fond childhood memory.

Kathryn Hall: I grew up in a family that made wine, but just as important, enjoyed wine. I cannot recall a holiday, birthday, baptism, or in fact any event when wine was not a part of the celebration. As children the wine was only a few drops in a large wine glass of sugar water, but we enjoyed the ritual all the same. Wine is for me something wonderful to drink and enjoy, but it is most of all associated with the joyful experiences of spending time with friends and family.

To read the complete interview, go to Pamela's Punch


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