I was thrilled when I got asked to review A Perfect Score: The Art, Soul, and Business of a 21st Century Winery. This book is the story of Craig and Kathryn Hall and Hall and Walt Wines. As a former wine club member (due to shipping restrictions once my mailing address went to NJ) I realized I didn't know much about the story of the winery or their owners. All I knew is they had some great red wines!
Boy was I fascinated with this book and the history of not just the winery but of the owners themselves. Every winery has a story. What might look big and glamorous didn't happen overnight and unless you are friends you really don't know of the struggles people have to get to the point they are today.
|First visit to Hall (Rutherford) 2012|
The journey of Kathryn, Craig and Hall Wines had it's ups and downs. They lost their very first vintage to a fire. Kathryn and Craig speak in their own voice about the experiences and struggles. You will see and understand why they created the Walt brand. Very good marketing behind that decision. Everything is very well thought through.
Never did they ever think they would achieve a perfect score. Deciding during a rainy vintage, not to pick the grapes can be risky. But that risk paid off along with skilled winemaking for their 2010 Exzellenz.
Sit down with a glass of Hall Cabernet and read their story. It might just have you wanting to be a part of their community when you are finished.
|My Hall collection|
One thing I did when I finished the book was to go through my wine cellar and see if I had a bottle of the 2010 Exzellenz. Unfortunately I did not.