Red Wines, Good Times in Napa Valley #NapaStrong

By Mary Orlin

Kathryn Hall knows how to throw a party.

Maybe it’s because she spentfouryears as the United States Ambassador to Austria during the Clinton administration.

But I think she just loves to have fun and enjoys seeing her guests have a great time.

This past weekend atHall Winesin Napa Valley, the scene was literally set in red – huge red sofas placed everywhere in a large grass courtyard. I thought they were leather at first, but they are actually some sort of inflatable material. Fun, clever and definitely eye-catching.

You could also playI Love Lucyand stomp on freshly picked Merlot grapes that will go into making wine. My feet are in the 2014 Merlot. I’ll have to get a bottle when it is released.

We were all at Hall for the release of the 2011 Kathryn Hall Cabernet, her top-of-the line signature wine. It’s a blend of several vineyards, but mostly grapes from the Sacrashe Vineyard, the Halls’ home vineyard in Rutherford. This happens to be the 11th release of this wine. “When you have momentous events,” Kathryn says, “I think about how it was before years ago when we first started Kathryn Hall and even before that. Here we are today, we have 600 people.” Not something she imagined 11 years ago. “It pumps you up,” she says. “Everyone in this business does it because they love it, they have a lot of pride but it still matters when people drink it and say they enjoy it.”

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