Steve Leveque, director of wine making, has been strategically creating a technical blueprint for HALL Wines in St. Helena and HALL Wines in Rutherford that has paved the way for technical innovation in wine making.

Leveque has been directing the wine making for HALL Wine’s 500 acres of land and five certified organic vineyards since 2008. With Leveque’s technical implementation and execution, HALL Wines has been able to create Boudreaux varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc. Portfolio recognition includes 75 wines rated 90 points and above, and most notably, Rober Parker rated 2010 HALL “Exzellenz” from the historic Sacrashe Vineyard at the HALL Rutherford site 100 points in 2013.

Technology that has been implemented as a part of the annual winemaking operations includes the addition of the Optical Sorter Technology, a system that helps identify and maintain grape quality, and HVAC Control System (by EMCOR) where winemaking can control humidity, heating, cooling, air and ventilation from a single button, winery wide. A state-of-the-art Pond Variation System has also been turning the irrigation system from ‘anaerobic’ into ‘aerobic,’ drastically reducing energy, while the Gravity Flow Production System has been combining new age technology with old word winemaking practices. The Tank Cooling System (Glycol Systems by Tankor) can heat and cool fermentation remotely from an iPhone or laptop, a state-of-the-art automated spectrophotometer runs enzymatic analysis, acetic, yeast assimilable nitrogen (YAN), malic, glucose fructose in the lab, and HALL Wines doesn’t stop there—solar panels also monitor energy production and greenhouse gasses that are to be avoided.

Born and raised in Napa Valley, wine is what Leveque knows best, earning a reputation for finely crafting wines. A 20-year veteran of the industry, he honed his winemaking technique during his 11-year tenure as a winemaker at Robert Mondavi Winery, also in Napa Valley. Leveque’s passion for wine continues as a lifelong viticulturist, spending time working with HALL Wines director of vineyards, Don Munk, president and former winemaker, Mike Reynolds, and his winemaking teams to produce fruit at a level of quality necessary for world-class wines. Dedicated to creating organic grape growing and environments, Leveque practices environmental sustainability with all winemaking efforts.

Leveque can be caught speaking at various upcoming engagements including an elite panel titled “Head for the Hills” during Flavor! Napa Valley this November.

League City CVB manager Stephanie Polk shares her career journey.

Originally from Kentwood, Louisiana, Stephanie Polk, TDM, CTE, first made her mark on the travel and tourism industry as director of marketing for the Beaumont Convention & Visitors Bureau. There, she helped to elevate the city as a destination for recreation travelers and business groups. Wowed by her accomplishments, in 2020, League City brought her on board to lead its marketing efforts. She shares with us highlights and advice from her experience in the industry. 

 

In the midst of the pandemic last year, Loris Menfi joined San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter and Riverwalk as general manager. At the time of her hire, Rivercenter had recently unveiled a renovation to its 70,000-plus square feet of meeting space.

 

Nickole Kerner Bobley describes her childhood in The Woodlands as charmed. Summer days were spent exploring the community just north of Houston. One of her favorite activities was watching the installation of The Woodlands’ iconic public art. She and her friends would sit in awe, perched on their bikes, as the giant cranes carefully positioned the sculptures in place. It had a lasting impact on her. “I attribute my adult love of art to where I lived,” she notes.