HALL Rutherford: Wine As It Was Meant to be Enjoyed

HallWinesVineyard.jpgRUTHERFORD, CA - A visit to HALL Wines in Rutherford is truly a heavenly experience.  Most tourists may be  familiar with the HALL St. Helena location next to Dean & DeLuca on Highway 29.   Unknown to many is their second location off the Silverado Trail and in the same area as Auberge du Solelil.

One wonders if this is done on purpose considering the exclusivity of the Rutherford location. With winding, twisting roads up a grand mountain,  at several different points you will question if you are going in the right direction.

Eventually, you will reach your destination and be utterly amazed. HALL Rutherford is literally perched on the top of the mountain with a spectacular view of the valley.  It's almost as if you've been transferred to another time and place.
Your visit includes a tasting of HALL's premium wines and a guided tour of the winery where they tell you all the ins and outs of their winemaking process and how winemaker Steve Leveque picks the very best (perhaps 5 to 8 barrels out of the 12) to make their wine blends.  Then, there is a tour of the legendary Sacrashe Vineyard and 14,000 square feet of caves.

HallWinesChandelier.jpgYou are surrounded by culture and art at every turn and hearing the story of HALL Wines vintner Kathryn Hall (who if you have the pleasure of meeting exudes sophistication and elegance in even the most ordinary of conversations) is quite affecting. The tasting fee is high, but well worth the expense.  A moment with the majestic chandelier, designed by Donald Lipski and Jonquil LeMaster, dressed in hundreds of Swarovski crystals is a treat in itself. (The picture does not do it justice!) 
In a recent party at HALL Rutherford for the release of their 2005 HALL "Excellenz" Sacrashe Vineyard Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon, Kathryn Hall told guests that "wine like art transcends", "bridges language barriers" and that she and her husband (Craig Hall) consider themselves "custodians of a special wine world that is about relationships, life and experiences rooted in enjoying wine".  After a visit to HALL Rutherford, it's easy to feel their passion and imagine yourself in that very world of wine.

HALL Rutherford
56 Auberge Rd.
Rutherford, CA 94573
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