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NAPA VALLEY, CA (May 13, 2015) – More than 680 food and wine enthusiasts headed to HALL St. Helena on a beautiful Saturday afternoon to taste, sip, and crown four champions at the 6th Annual HALL Cabernet Cookoff on April 25. The event raised $59,319 in ticket sales, sponsor contributions, and also included a generous donation from the HALL Napa Valley Community Fund. The event featured 15 All-Star San Francisco and Napa Valley-based Chef teams who were tasked with creating a seasonal dish to pair with HALL’s newly released 2012 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Each chef team competed for a local charity of their choice.
“We are grateful this event is recognized each year by so many people,” says vintner Kathryn Walt Hall. “Napa Valley is the leading wine and food destination in the U.S. and we are proud the Cabernet Cookoff not only supports our community, but also showcases the flavor and diversity of the Valley.”
Dishes were evaluated by guests and a special panel of judges including Chef Ken Frank of La Toque, Chef Lars Kronmark of the Culinary Institute of America, Virginie Boone from Wine Enthusiast and Ian White from San Francisco Magazine.
The 2015 winning teams, charities and respective dishes include:
Dish: Braised lamb neck with beef fat potatoes and bacon sherry vinaigrette
Dish: Savory wild rice Belgian waffles, crispy duck and fig balsamic wildflower syrup
Dish: Beef short ribs with charred Meadowood garden spring onions and huckleberry jus
Dish: Sauerbraten braised beef cheeks, house cured pancetta, faro, Maitake mushrooms
The event included Viticulture Sponsor’s such as San Francisco Magazine, Nixon Peabody and Classic Party Rentals. Harvest Sponsor’s included Villagio Inn & Spa, Alkar, Lux Productions, Print Inkorporated, Benefit Marketing, Culligan Water, Harvest Sanitation, CPA Valet, Gifre Tableware, Snap Fiesta, Frank Rimerman and My Office Products. This year’s event also marked the first to include a VIP Sky Loft Ticket for guests wanting an elevated experience by gaining access to the historic Bergfeld building. The VIP Ticket included tastings of HALL’s newly released 2012 “Bergfeld” Cabernet Sauvignon.
HALL wines that were served during the event included 2012 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, 2014 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc and 2012 ‘Coeur’ Cabernet Sauvignon. Proceeds from those wine sales as well as HALL merchandise sold also benefitted the Cabernet Cookoff. Additionally, local radio station 99.3 The Vine broadcasted live during the event with popular radio personality, CJ.
Since inception, the Cabernet Cookoff has raised $200,000 for charities in and around the Bay Area. The 2014 HALL Cabernet Cookoff drew more than 600 culinary and wine lovers and raised $48,000 for the top four winning team’s sponsored charities. Visit the Chefs teams’ page on the Cabernet Cookoff website for a complete list of winners, participants, and featured non-profit organizations. The date for the 2016 HALL Cabernet Cookoff has been selected for Saturday, April 23, 2016.
For more information, please visit www.hallwines.com.
HALL produces critically acclaimed artisan Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, available to taste and buy at two tasting room and winery locations in Napa Valley. Owned by Craig and Kathryn Walt Hall, its vineyard collection features five Certified Organic estates producing classic Bordeaux varietals. Each vintage, Director of Winemaking Steve Leveque crafts 16 distinct Cabernet Sauvignon wines that demonstrate the unique characteristics and diversity of Napa Valley. HALL’s highly rated wines include the 2008 “Kathryn Hall” Cabernet Sauvignon that earned #2 of the “Top 100” Wines in Wine Spectator and its 2010 ‘Exzellenz’ was awarded 100 points by Robert Parker, Wine Advocate. Since the first vintage in 2002, over 85 HALL wines have been rated 94 points and above. HALL employs high-density plantings and small vine viticulture combined with two cutting-edge, gravity-flow wineries to produce the highest quality wines. In addition, the HALL St. Helena winery was the first LEED® Gold Certified Winery in the State of California in 2009 and earned another LEED® Gold certification for its high tech production facility and modern tasting room in 2014, making HALL pioneers in the use of green buildings for the wine industry. Each of HALL’s state-of-the-art winemaking facilities and tasting rooms combine modern art and architecture matched with spectacular settings. For more information, please visit www.hallwines.com, @hallwines, or by calling 707.967.2626.