Last week I had the pleasure of attending one of St. Helena's premiere parties of the year, the Kathryn Hall Release Party at HALL Wines in the beautiful quaint town of St. Helena. Vintners, Kathryn Walt Hall and Craig Hall go big every year and this year was no exception.
Kathryn Hall herself, introduced the full bodied, jammy 2012 Kathryn Hall Cabernet. This cabernet is sourced from the winery's own Sacrashe property in the hillsides of Rutherford as well as Bergfeld Vineyard. As a connoisseur of Cabernet, I was definitely not disappointed.
This year's theme was a straight up Texas Hoe-Down. Music by the country band, Twang Ditty and plenty of Texas style food to enjoy.
The food was catered by Feast Catering. Some of the delicious nibbles included; grilled hanger steak tacos, Texas gulf shrimp and celery slaw, oak grilled corn and whole pigs cooked on the spit with Texas mop sauce.
The party was set on the Great Lawn just behind their 1885 renovated barn. A beautiful afternoon was spent by all sipping HALL wines, nibbling small bites and enjoying the vast vineyard views.
To enjoy a different vantage point of the vineyards and grounds, we stepped up to the contemporary tasting room and enjoyed a few more sips from the veranda.
I enjoyed an extra treat by meeting up with my girlfriend, Pricilla Willis, who was up visiting the area from Orange County. Pricilla authors the fantastic food and wine blog, She's Cookin' and we met a few years ago in Idaho on a potato harvesting tour. So great to catch up with her!
If you are thinking about visiting HALL Winery yourself, they are hosting a fantastic fundraising event on October 17th., Harvest Hounds! Support Napa Humane by bringing your pups with you to HALL St. Helena, and enjoy 2-for-1 tastings in our Dining Garden, with the tasting fee donated to Napa Humane. There will be lots of great activities including an agility course on the Great Lawn, and doggy favorites like frisbees, tennis balls, and gourmet treats from Ma Snax Superior Dog Treats. Plus, Napa Humane will be here providing a complimentary chip check to make sure your dog's microchip is active and the information is current.
Once again, I thank HALL Wines for the invite to their very special Kathryn Hall Release Party!