Following the forage, next stop on the truffle trail was HALL Winery, which just a month ago unveiled its new tasting room and art center.
Here historic is complemented by contemporary design and punctuated by an impressive and innovation art collection. Imaginative art installations such as artist Patrick Dougherty’s Stickwork installation and wines like Hall’s award-winning Cabernets make Hall a Highway 29 must-visit.
Following a private tour of the winery and grounds, Michelin Star Guest Chef Jarad Gallagher of Chez TJ in Mountain View, CA christened the winery’s brand-spanking-new culinary center with its first cooking demonstration. It’s not everyday you can have a cooking class with a Michelin star chef!
The charming and humorous Chef Jarad is a knife ninja. He demo’ed deboning a guinea fowl, including removing the skin, in record time as an introduction to a mouthwatering multi-truffled lunch. This included, of course, that fabulous fowl, Black Truffle Arancini, and other sublime dishes paired with HALL’s superb signature wines.
HALL’s estate vineyards encompass more than five hundred acres of classic Bordeaux varietals; Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Sauvignon Blanc. The Halls practice dedicated environmental commitment and utilize cutting-edge vineyard technology that yields the highest quality Napa Valley grapes.