Sunday, September 18, 2016

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

One of the things that I love the most about the wine industry is finding how someone got into the business of wine. I was recently sent a review copy of  A Perfect Score: The Art , Soul,and Business of a 21st Century. The book weaves the personal adventures and wine business into  the stories of Craig and Kathryn Hall, the proprietors of HALL and WALT wines.

The Halls purchased an 1885 winery located in the Napa Valley and now have been in the wine industry for twenty years. The couple have become a staple in Napa. They are known for fabulous wine and philanthropy to the community. I have yet to try their wines, but I'm not very curious to taste them, especially their red.

What I enjoyed about the book is that we get to hear stories from the both of them. We get to hear the good stuff and the difficulties. The format that the book is in isn’t for everyone.  It does jump around a bit. Some of the chapters include: Jumping In, Your Friends Can Only Buy So Much, Dreaming Big,  Negotiating Napa, and Delivering In A New Way.

For anyone who wants to get a peek into what it’s like to own a winery this is a good read. It's not all unicorns and rainbows. Most people think the wine world is always glamorous. Making wine is a magickal art form. However, there are a lot of blood, sweat, and tears that can go into making a bottle of wine.

While it's not a book that will change your life, but an interesting read if you are into wine.

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Weekly Menu: Chickpea & Spinach Burgers, Shrimp Pad Thai, French Omelet, Black Cod with Sweet and Sour Onions, and Cobb Salad

This week's wine for the weekly menu is the sensual sparkling rosé,  JCB No. 24.  This wine is packed with fruity aromas like stawberries and dark cherries.  Made from mostly Pinot Noir grapes and a touch of Chardonnay grapes, this wine is all about elegance. Enjoy!

Monday: One Pot Chicken & Potatoes on Let The Baking Begin
Tuesday: Chickpea and Spinach Burgers on Naturally Ella
Wednesday: Easy Shrimp Pad Thai on Thai Kitchen
Thursday: Black Cod with Roasted Sweet and Sour Onions on Epicurious
Friday: Basic French Omelet on Incredible Egg
Saturday: Cobb Salad on Pioneer Woman
Sunday: Apple, Bacon, and Cheddar Waffles on Betty Crocker