A lively husband and wife team recounts their twenty-year climb from amateur winemakers to recipients of an almost unheard-of perfect score from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate.
Kathryn and Craig Hall launched themselves head first into Napa Valley 20 years ago with the purchase of an 1885 winery and never looked back. Since the couple's purchase of their debut winery, their critically acclaimed HALL Wines and WALT Wines have become fixtures of the California wine industry, winning numerous accolades including a coveted 100-point "perfect score." A PERFECT SCORE weaves a vibrant tale of the HALL brand's meteoric rise to success, Napa Valley's tug-of-war between localism and tourism, and the evolving nature of the wine industry as a whole. Readers who love a good glass of wine will find much to savor in the Halls' expert account of the art, soul, and business of a modern winery.
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About the Author
KATHRYN WALT HALL is the co-proprietor of HALL Wines and WALT Wines along with her husband Craig and their four children. Kathryn has been involved in the California wine industry since her family first purchased a vineyard thirty years ago. She has had a distinguished career as a successful businesswoman, community activist, and as the United States Ambassador to Austria.
CRAIG HALL is the co-proprietor of HALL Wines and WALT Wines along with his wife Kathryn and their four children. He is also chairman and founder of Dallas-based Hall Financial Group. Craig's distinguished career in business and as an author, civic leader, and philanthropist reflects the highest qualities of entrepreneurship.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Meet Little Bunny Foo Foo ix
Chapter 1 Bonds of Love and Wine 1
Chapter 2 Destination Napa 13
Chapter 3 Jumping In 23
Chapter 4 A Detour 27
Chapter 5 Your Friends Can Only Buy So Much 39
Chapter 6 Dreams and Plans for a Small Family Winery 47
Chapter 7 Building Hall Rutherford 55
Chapter 8 It's All About that Grape 61
Chapter 9 Dreaming Big 75
Chapter 10 More than Just a Wine Factory 87
Chapter 11 Negotiating Napa 95
Chapter 12 The Great Recession and a Great Setback 103
Chapter 13 Clouds with a Few More Rays of Sunshine 111
Chapter 14 Doubling Down in Pinotland 121
Chapter 15 Wine Has No Political Party 129
Chapter 16 Loving Napa 133
Chapter 17 The Giving Napa 141
Chapter 18 Introducing HALL St. Helena 151
Chapter 19 Delivering in a New Way 157
Chapter 20 Tank Walk 165
Chapter 21 Making the Best Wine We Can-for Your Inner Geek 171
Chapter 22 The Quest for Perfection 185
A Glossary of Terms, HALL-Style 203