Tonight We’re Drinking to Spain and Ribera del Duero!

Tonight we join the folks at Snooth for their virtual Ribera del Duero tasting at 7:30 p.m. (8:30 p.m. Eastern, 5:30 p.m. Pacific). Ribera del Duero is part of the Duero River Valley and Castilla y León (kasˈtiʎa i leˈon), the old seat of Spanish nobility when the Moors still controlled the southern portion of the country. Castilla y León is the largest of Spain’s wine regions, with some of Spain’s oldest and most beautiful […]

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2011 Faust Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

This 2011 Faust Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon sports a big berry jam, cocoa powder and a barely discernible hint of green pepper on the nose. This is a BIG, BOLD — but not over-powering — Cabernet Sauvignon that works well by itself and even better with a juicy rib-eye and green beans topped with bacon and vinegar-drenched onions. Subtle tannins. A blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, 1% Malbec and 1% […]

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2011 Cornerstone Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Black Label, Stepping Stone Cuvée

Sometimes a Napa Cab can overpower your meal — not this 2011 Black Label Series Stepping Stone Cuvée by Cornerstone Cellars. Elegantly balanced fruit and tannins, this is THE perfect steak wine. We paired it with a bone-in rib-eye topped with a lovely pan sauce flavored with soy sauce and balsamic vinegar, chopped shallots and garlic; finished off with a splash of cream and butter. Add bacon-loaded mashed potatoes. The synergy between the wine and […]

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Languedoc Day is May 30 – Celebrate South of France wines!

Join us this Friday, as we toast the wines from the region we love in the South of France — Languedoc! May 30, 2014 is officially Languedoc Day, and we will join wine lovers all over the world as they tweet about this important wine region using the hashtag #LanguedocDay. Beaucoup des cepages! (Many Grape Varieties!) With a typically Mediterranean climate and wide variety of soils, from pebbly terraces, sandstone and marl, limestone and schist, […]

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Celebrate Chardonnay Day on Thursday, May 22, 2014

Every year since 2010, wine lovers stateside and abroad take the Thursday before Memorial Day to celebrate Chardonnay. Bubbles or still, oaked or stainless steel fermented, crisp and young or creamy and mature, there is a Chardonnay style for everyone. The second most planted grape in France, Chardonnay is primarily found in Chablis, Champagne and Burgundy, which account for over 60% of all Chardonnay plantings in France. The next largest planting is in Languedoc, where […]

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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! We first tasted Cornerstone Cellars Howell Mountain Cabernet […]

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Cornerstone Cellars Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc Vertical

Tasting a “vertical” is a great way to show how a wine differs from vintage to vintage and how a wine might age in the bottle. We tasted three vintages of Cornerstone Cellars Napa Valley Sauvignon: the 2009, 2010 and 2011. These are sophisticated Sauvignon Blancs — with no boxwood (aka cat box) or tooth enamel stripping over-acidity that comes with some of the “value” Sauvignon Blancs. Rounded, balanced, elegant. Think Bordeaux, not New Zealand. […]

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Ranchero Cellars 2010 Viognier

We first tasted this wine when we visited with winemaker Amy Butler in 2012 on a visit to Paso Robles for Hospice du Rhone. We liked her wines so much we took home several bottles. Notes of Star Jasmine and honeysuckle on the nose,  grapefruit, peach blossom and creamy slate in the mouth with a lingering finish. 14.2% Alcohol by volume. Incredible with Caprese Salad with Parmesan and Salume crisps, and seared scallops. $30.00 She […]

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Elizabeth Chambers Cellar 2011 Willamette Valley Winemaker’s Cuvée Pinot Noir

Sometimes you just do not have time to prepare an elegant meal, but that does not mean you cannot have an elegant wine.  Elizabeth Chambers Cellar 2001 Willamette Valley Winemaker’s Cuvée is just that. Bright ruby in color with a nose of black cherry, cola and forest floor, this Pinot Noir is rich enough to hold up to a local farm duck egg yolk with plenty of acidity to cut through it. Dark cherry, vanilla […]

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