Host a Dinner Party

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Dinner Party Tips from an Ambassador and Vintner

hallWinesCab2008.jpgVintner of HALL Wines, Ambassador Kathryn Hall former liaison to Austria from 1997 to 2001, is frequently called upon to host gatherings at her winery and wine dinners across the country.  A few small details put her special touch on a dinner and create memorable evenings for her guests. 

1.    Show your colors. Find china and fun linens with accents in your favorite colors.  Adding candles and fresh flowers will inspire the senses and set the tone for the evening with a very personal touch. 

2.    Gauge the temperature. You want everyone to be comfortable, especially if you are outdoors.  Invest in wraps for your guests.  Even if the wraps don't get used, the gesture is always appreciated.  Have them handy in a basket that can also be used to collect them at the end of the evening.    

3.    The correct glasses for each wine. Set your table with the appropriate wine glasses for each course.  The look alone is a great "wow" when your guests arrive and it allows guests to discuss their favorites throughout the evening.  Never clear any of the wine glasses before dinner is over.

4.    You don't have to wait for everyone
.  At larger gatherings, feel free to start after four to six guests have been served.  The hosts should be served last.  

5.    Be ready to talk. Make a point to bring everyone into a conversation.  Simply ask your guests more about themselves. If you can remember some of the details, it can make a big difference in your relationship with them.

Suggested Wine Pairing:

2008 HALL "Kathryn Hall" Cabernet Sauvignon
"As the flagship wine of our collection, the release of the 2008 HALL "Kathryn Hall" Cabernet Sauvignon celebrates our efforts to create the best quality wine," said Kathryn Hall, Owner and Vintner of HALL Wines. "Each vintage is a unique conception. We farm these vineyards year after year and the Good Earth never stops testing us, and dazzling us."

About HALL Wines
HALL Wines estate vineyards encompass more than five hundred acres of classic Bordeaux varietals; Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Sauvignon Blanc. Through meticulous attention to detail, HALL wines employs organic small-vine viticulture, precision winemaking, wild yeast fermentation, and micro-block-blending,  to fully extract the purity, and to express the unique and diverse character of Napa Valley's soils and climate.

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