5th Annual Hall Winery Cabernet Cookoff

Spend an afternoon in Napa Valley at the Hall Winery 5th Annual Cabernet Cookoff? Yes please. This was our first year attending and it was so much fun! It was a gorgeous day to sip and savor. Guests tasted small bite farm to table dishes from 15 local chef teams and then voted for their favorites while sipping the recently released Hall 2011 Napa Valley Canernet Sauvignon. $40,000 were raised and dispersed to local charities so it was a win for everyone!

I loved this bunny sculpture who greets you at the front of Hall Winery in St. Helena. The entire property is filled with art by some of todays most influential artists.
The weather was perfect for an afternoon of food and wine tasting.
The potato gnocchi with applewood-smoked bacon, porcini mushrooms and brown butter was my favorite dish and ended up being the big winner of the day. It was from One Market Restaurant’s Chef Mark Dommen.
The smoking baby back ribs with Hall Cab ‘Q’ Sauce from Bounty Hunter Winer Bar’s Chef Will Wright were finger lickin good. Congrats on your win!
Chef Daniel Capra of Paula Leduc Fine Catering made magic happen with his crispy oxtail tacos that were cabernet braised with avocado, basil, and smoked ricotta. They were one of the days winners as well.
Cupcakes, judges and winners!
Between eating, wine tasting, voting and checking out the art I still took note of my favorite fashions of the day. That black jumpsuit with red sandals was EVERYTHING. I am a sucker for hot pink and black and white stripes. This lady in the center was too darn cute. I love the shade of green of this jumpsuit and the whole look reminded me of my friend Katy.  I wore my summer dress by Milly and it was perfect.

Feeling left out? Well don’t! The next Hall Winery party is coming up on Saturday September 13th! It is the annual Harvest event and the 2011 ‘Kathryn Hall’ Cabernet Sauvignon will be released. It sounds like another perfect day in Napa Valley!


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