I desperately wish I could visit EVERY winery in the valley but sadly I just don’t see that happening anytime soon. Fun fact: there are about 400 wineries with tasting rooms in Napa Valley, 600 if you include Sonoma. Anyways, in an attempt to bring you even MORE wineries I paired up with the pretty lady behind the new instagram page @prtylittlethings, Talli, to share her insights and tasting notes on some recent wineries she visited. We are going to do these guest blog posts in a series starting with world-renowned Hall Wines. I hope you all enjoy Talli’s insights as much as I did!
What’s better than wedding season? Wedding season in wine country! I was so excited when I found out that I was going to Napa Valley for my first time for a wedding. There is no better place to celebrate love than beautiful Napa Valley and I must say this city won me over.
I, of course, had to do my research on the best winery’s and restaurants to visit, as every foodie must do. It was hard to choose where to go because they all sounded amazing! But that is even more of a reason to go back and see more! I am going to tell you about my top three favorite wineries I went to, starting off with my absolute favorite, HALL Wines.
I have been fortunate enough to be able to enjoy various wines from HALL Wines during the holidays, but when I had the chance to go to the actual winery and taste everything, I couldn’t turn it down. I had a feeling it would be a great experience at this winery, but never expected it to surpass all my expectations.
Hall Wines History
When you pull into the winery you immediately notice the large silver rabbit greeting you (completely normal right?). I later came to find out that Craig Hall is a huge art collector and has filled the winery with very modern and corky art pieces from top artists around the world. These art pieces add an abundance of character to this winery and made it fun to hear the story behind each one. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and made the tour fun. He took us around the property starting at the private garden where we got to try delicious fruit and herbs. He explained how they have events throughout the year where chef’s come and prepare food using the produce from their private gardens which sounds amazing!
He then took us to the Bergfeld building that was built in 1885 and still has the original stone all around the building. Inside this rustic building is a private room where their VIP parties are held as well as smaller events and weddings. Once you make it past the stunning artwork and up the stairs you will find their signature Cabernet Sauvignon, the Katherine Hall, fermenting in French oak barrels. It isn’t going to be released until September 2017 but we got to taste the fermenting wine, and I can see why it is their most popular. It was amazing and wasn’t even done fermenting yet!
In this tasting we got to try multiple red wines. I loved them all but was surprised to find myself favoring the Walt 2014 Pinot Noir. Hall is known for their cabs and being a cab lover myself I was very surprised to find myself leaning towards a Pinot Noir. I loved it so much that I ended up leaving with a bottle of it! I also loved the 2013 Jack’s Masterpiece cabernet. It has a bit of a kick with hints of clove and sage mixed with black cherry and oak. I also enjoyed the 2014 Coeur cab. It was very fruity with a nice oak taste.
Hall knows how to make a good red wine and if you are a red wine lover, you can’t go wrong with visiting Hall Winery. And if you have extra time make sure to check out their second winery in Rutherford, it is on my bucket list!
XoXo, Talli (@prtylittlethings)