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Arietta 20th Anniversary Wine Dinner

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Houston Galleria

5839 Westheimer Rd.
Houston, TX 77057

Date: October 5, 2016

Time: 7:00pm

Event Type: Wine Dinner

Price: $275 per Guest Plus tax and gratuity

Fritz Hatton, Owner

Fritz Hatton, Owner

Fritz Hatton and his immediate family own Arietta, one of Napa’s top producers of Bordeaux-style blended wines. He is also the nation’s most experienced wine auctioneer, having begun his career in Christie’s Wine Department in 1980. After a twelve year management career for Christie’s in North America and the Far East, Fritz took a musical sabbatical on the West Coast in the early 1990s, and conducted his first auction for the Napa Valley Vintners in 1992. Out of his musical and wine country experiences with his winemaker friend John Kongsgaard emerged a wine brand with a musically inspired name: Arietta. In 1995 Fritz returned to Christie’s as Director of Christie's U.S. Wine Auction Department, and remained until he returned to California in 1998 to launch Arietta with his wife Caren.

Fritz and Caren Hatton reside in Napa, California with their two daughters, Libby and Hattie. Apart from family and wine, his major interest is classical music, and he is just as happy playing the piano as he is encouraging bidders to turn cash into collectible wine.

Pappas Bros Steakhouse Houston Galleria and Dallas are honored to be chosen as two of six restaurants to host a 20th anniversary dinner featuring the wines of Arietta, one of Napa’s most acclaimed artisanal producers of Bordeaux-style wines. Arietta owner Fritz Hatton will bring his signature charm and wit, and will guide guests through an array of library vintages shipped directly from the winery. Hatton has been the nation’s foremost wine auctioneer for the last 30 years, serving as principal wine auctioneer for Christie's, Zachys, and many charities, including the Napa Valley Wine Auction. Arietta was founded in 1996 in partnership with legendary winemaker, John Kongsgaard, who shared Hatton's love for classical music. Kongsgaard passed the winemaking baton to another Napa legend, Andy Erickson, in 2005. Join us as we celebrate this Napa Valley classic and taste all the way back to Arietta’s first vintage in 1997.

Wine Dinner

Hors d’Oeuvres

Champagne Reception


seared & lightly smoked campeche snapper
lobster risotto cake, champagne grapes, fine herbs, 
walnut beurre blanc

 2014 Arietta "White Keys" Sauvignon Blanc


veal agnolotti
Oregon wild mushrooms, acorn squash, fried sage, beef fumé

 1997 Arietta Red Wine Napa Valley

2000 Arietta "H Block Hudson Vineyards" Napa Valley 

2002 Arietta "H Block Hudson Vineyards" Napa Valley


45 Day dry aged new york strip
napoleon potatoes, braised leeks, beef au jus

 2007 Arietta "H Block Hudson Vineyards" Napa Valley

2008 Arietta "H Block Hudson Vineyards" Napa Valley

2012 Arietta "H Block Hudson Vineyards" Napa Valley


Selection of Artisanal Cheeses

chocolate truffle cookies

2001 Arietta “Variation One” Napa Valley

2013 Arietta "White Keys Artists’ Reserve" Sauvignon Blanc 

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