Perfect Score: The Art, Soul, and Business of a 21st-Century Winery

Perfect Score: The Art, Soul, and Business of a 21st-Century Winery

by Kathryn Hall, Craig Hall


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In this New York Times bestseller, 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 twenty years ago with the purchase of an 1885 winery and never looked back. Since the couple's purchase of that debut winery, their critically acclaimed HALL Wines and WALT Wines have become fixtures of the California wine industry.
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. 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.

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ISBN-13: 9781455535774
Publisher: Center Street
Publication date: 09/12/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 952,451
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

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 HALLis 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

Acknowledgments 199

A Glossary of Terms, HALL-Style 203

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