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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Only a Ginger can call a Ginger….SNAP!

One of my father’s favorite treats was a ginger snap cookie — or should I say cookies! M&Ms had nothing on this zesty treat – my dad could never eat just one ginger snap. He had this old green recliner with a former sewing basket as an end table. I would come home from my retail job at Lazarus to find him snacking away. “Hey Sissy,” he’d say, “want a ‘Snap?” Then he would reach into […]

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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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Santa Barbara Wine Tasting, Film Screening at FilmBar Phoenix May 15

FilmBar Phoenix will host a Santa Barbara County wine tasting in the premier screening of the multimedia documentary “VINTAGE2014” on May 15th in Phoenix, Arizona. Currently in production, “Vintage2014: The story behind the vines” is a multimedia documentary that gives wine lovers a journey through a vintage in real time, from bud break to barreling. A crowd-sourced project with initial funds from Kickstarter, Vintage 2014 is the brainchild of Executive producer, photographer and entrepreneur Wil […]

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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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Méthode WineWonkette: DIY Fancy French Ginger Liqueur

I love ginger! I must try this at home, I think to myself as I sip Frank Plusk’s signature Domaine de Canton 2014 Global Bartender of the Year contest entry cocktail while chatting with a wine country friend in town for the weekend. So the next day I head to the Downtown Specs Liquor Warehouse (Smith Street) to pick up a bottle of Domaine de Canton to make my own Asian Lemon Drop Martini. I […]

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Fabio, Not-Fabio and the Fancy French Cocktail Contest

“I am in Houston today, can we get together for cocktails?” comes a text from a wine country friend. It was a bit unexpected, but I have to be in the city later anyway, so I make plans to meet at House of Blues’ Crossroads restaurant. Joe and I have a concert to attend that evening, so I think I will chat up my friend early before meeting Joe there for dinner. The great thing […]

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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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