Cornerstone Cellars to be featured at Wine Dinner in Houston

One of our favorite Napa Valley wineries, Cornerstone Cellars, will star in a 5-course gastronoganza dinner at the hip and trendy Mr. Peeples restaurant in Houston’s Midtown.

Update: Originally announced for May 15th, Mr. Peeples’ staff asked to reschedule the event to later in the Fall to allow them to better plan for the event.  Lucky for us, we have some Cornerstone Cellars wine at home while we wait!

Cornerstone Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet SauvignonWe first tasted Cornerstone Cellars Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon when Managing Partner Craig Camp had just opened the winery’s Yountville Tasting Room, and have loved every wine they produced since.

Makers of sophisticated Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc and rich, robust Napa Valley and Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon, Cornerstone Cellars also produces a beautiful Oregon Pinot Noir and an elegant Napa Valley Rosé of Syrah to be featured at the dinner. Take a look at the planned pairing menu:

Cornerstone Cellars Dinner Menu

Course 1

Aerated Brie with Champagne Grapes on a bed of baby arugula tossed in Minus 8 vinaigrette with
Cornerstone Cellars 2011 Sauvignon Blanc

For our review of Cornerstone Cellars 2009 Sauvignon Blanc see New Sauvignon Blanc on the Block: Cornerstone Cellars. Our mini review of Cornerstone Cellars Sauvignon Blanc, including the 2011, see Cornerstone Cellars Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc Vertical

Course 2

Seared Hamachi belly with a cauliflower puree, charred cauliflower, forest greens, brown butter and coffee essence with
2012 Stepping Stone by Cornerstone Corallina Rose

Produced in the classic rosé style, Cornerstone Cellars Rosé of Syrah is both elegant and balanced. We find it stands up to pork as well as salmon.

Course 3

Jasmine-glazed duck breast, sweet pea puree with hay-roasted Spring carrots with
Cornerstone Cellars 2010 Oregon Pinot Noir

Read our review of the 2009 vintage here: A Symphony of Artistry: Cornerstone Oregon Pinot Noir

Course 4

Lemon and herb roasted leg of lamb with Faro wild mushrooms and sauteed kale with
2005 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon from Magnum and 2010 Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

We reviewed the 2006 vintage of the Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Read our reviews of the 2007 Napa Valley and 2007 Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvginon ellars” href=”″ target=”_blank”>here.

Course 5

Lemon tart with a blueberry and lemongrass sorbet paired with 2012 Paolo Saracco Moscato d’Asti

Cornerstone Cellars co-founder Michael Dragutsky, M.D. will also be at the event. Mike grew up in Houston, and attended Texas A & M University. Most of his family still lives in Texas, but Mike lives in Memphis, Tennessee, where he is a is now a renowned gastroenterologist.

Mike assures us that both Aggies and Longhorns are welcome to feast at the dinner.

Part of the group that owns Hearsay Gastro Lounge, Mr. Peeples in located in the old Boy Scouts of America Houston headquarters at 1911 Bagby St. Houston, TX 77002. This will be our first time to eat at Mr. Peeples, but we have been to Hearsay Gastro Lounge and enjoyed the food and atmosphere.

We will be in attendance in the Fall and we hope you will be too. The five-course dinner with pairings of these excellent Cornerstone Cellars selections is $125 per person plus tax and gratuity. For more information and to reserve your spot at the dinner please call Mr. Peeples restaurant at 713-652-0711.

For more information on Cornerstone Cellars, visit their website at


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A licensed attorney, Amy is a wine-lover, foodie, photographer, political junkie and award-winning author who writes about Wine, Food, Beer & Spirits. As Managing Editor & Tasting Director for Another Wine Blog, she travels all over the world's wine regions to share her experiences with her readers and legions of twitter, Instagram and Facebook friends and fans. Amy holds certifications through the International Sommelier Guild, and is also certified, with honors, as a California Wine Appellation Specialist (CWAS). She is a member of the Guild of Sommeliers, The Wine & Food Foundation of Texas and regularly attends Houston Sommelier Association events. Amy is also a contributor to the Chicken Soup for the Soul series of books, and was most recently published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Power of Gratitude.
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