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Cornerstone Cellars

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August 8, 2014 | Cellar Blog

Meet Our Team - Kerry

Born in San Francisco, I grew up in Marin County, CA.  After graduating from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a degree in Sociology, I left on a backpacking trip around Europe and met my future husband in Barcelona, Spain.  I subsequently moved to London for three years and worked in marketing in the toy industry.  It was during this time that I began to be interested in wine, starting out first by drinking French and Australian wine.

Before returning to the US, I traveled on a six month round the world trip which included traveling throughout the Middle East, East Africa, and the new world wine regions of South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

Upon returning to the US, I moved to the Napa Valley where I developed my palate and passion for fine wine and food.  After living in Napa 14 years, I am now considered a true “Napkin.”  After taking some time off to raise my children, I worked in special events for several Napa Valley wineries and hotels before joining Cornerstone Cellars in January 2014.  If not enjoying wine, you will find me at the beach or running around after my two active boys.

Time Posted: Aug 8, 2014 at 4:00 PM
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July 23, 2014 | Cellar Blog

Meet Our Team - Nadia

My name is Nadia and I moved to Napa in 2004 to pursue a career in culinary arts following my graduation from the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco. After completing my externship at Julia’s Kitchen in Napa I went on to manage the catering department for Dean & Deluca in Saint Helena. In 2006 I decided to follow my dream of traveling and working overseas and went to Australia and New Zealand for three months. It was during this time that my passion for wine, that had been awakened while working with wineries at Dean & Deluca, continued to grow exponentially. Upon return to the US, I followed this passion to Domaine Chandon, eventually working my way up through tasting room management and then onto marketing and communications positions for both Domaine Chandon and Newton Vineyard. After nearly seven years, I left Domaine Chandon and Newton Vineyard and took my career to the next step and joined Cornerstone Cellars in 2013 as the wine club and e-commerce director. I am now the director of consumer sales for Cornerstone Cellars, overseeing the wine club, e-commerce and the tasting room operations.   

Time Posted: Jul 23, 2014 at 8:45 AM
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July 10, 2014 | Cellar Blog

Meet Our Team - Katherine

I have lived in the Napa Valley for just over a year, but spent most of my life near Atlanta, Georgia. During my career with a big box retailer, I fell in love with food and wine and decided to make a career out of something delicious. I worked for a small artisanal dairy and organic produce farm selling cheese and produce to the chefs of Atlanta’s best restaurants. My husband and I decided to move our family to Northern California and we had the good fortune to land in the world’s best wine region and I joined the Cornerstone team in March.

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June 30, 2014 | Cellar Blog

Meet Our Team - Celeste

I was born in the Azores islands in a town called Terceira. My family and I came to the United States when I was eight years of age. I lived on a dairy farm milking cows in central California until I was twenty years old. I then moved to San Diego where I went to UCSD to pursue my education in Biology. During this time I was working full time for a defense system company doing government contracts. I traveled to many third world countries helping our clients implement a new software program. Soon this became tiresome. Shortly thereafter I quit my job and went to work in a restaurant having no experience whatsoever. This is where my obsession for wine began. A few years later I became a Level 1, 2 and a Certified Wine Specialist in two years time. I was on a mission to learn all I could. During my years as a sommelier I traveled to Napa for “research” and fell madly in love with the magic of this place. I knew that someday this is where I would call home. Last September I took the plunge and relocated to Napa working as a harvest intern at Laird Family Estates. It was such a great experience being able to really understand the production side of the wine world. Six months later I began working for Cornerstone Cellars as the Tasting Room Manager. My goal is to eventually become a winemaker. Not necessarily a famous one, but just being able to create a wine that I can call my own! Who knew that after all of my years wearing rubber boots on the dairy that I would wear them again in a winery!!

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June 19, 2014 | Cellar Blog

Meet Our Team - Megan

 

My name is Megan Myers. I am a Bay Area native from Novato, California. After High School I explored many career opportunities from Cosmetology to Veterinary Assisting. I finally settled down in Kenwood, California and found my passion in the wine industry. It all started in 2009 at a small boutique winery in Sonoma, California. From there I moved to San Francisco and became an Event Coordinator for JAQK Cellars. In early 2014 I decided that the city life was not for me. It was then I realized that I belong in the heart of wine country to continue my education attending Napa Valley Wine Academy. I am now a Wine Educator at Cornerstone Cellars and working toward my CWS Certification.

Time Posted: Jun 19, 2014 at 2:23 PM
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September 3, 2013 | Cellar Blog

Top Reviews from Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine

90 Points STEPPING STONE by Cornerstone Napa Valley 2010

93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot. This so-called “second” wine from the folks at Cornerstone should not be considered as lesser in any way, and, instead of being an inexpensive substitute for its supposedly more accomplished cellarmates, it is a complex, very deep, wonderfully precise Cabernet of fine focus and balance. It is held back a bit by its youthful tightness, but it is exceptionally well-structured with seamlessly fit tannins and is certain to grow for years. It is a genuine surprise as well as a remarkable value, and it warrants any search that its finding demands. GOOD VALUE $35

93 Points CORNERSTONE The Cornerstone Napa Valley 2010

82% Cabernet Sauvignon; 11% Merlot; 7% Cabernet Franc. “The Cornerstone” is a special, individually barrel-selected wine that is meant to showcase the very best that the winery can do, and its mission is met in 2010. Optimally ripened, very deep and long on layered richness with a fine interplay of cherries, cassis, rich loamy soils and judiciously applied oak, it conveys a great sense of confidence and fruity drive yet still seems to be holding much in reserve.  It is a sturdy and serious young Cabernet, but it is never severe, and it has all the pieces in place to gradually grow into a most memorable wine if allowed to rest for a half-dozen years. $150

91 Points CORNERSTONE Howell Mountain Napa Valley 2010

10% Merlot. Each of the new Cornerstone offerings gets good marks for fruity precision and focus, and each one sports a fair measure of root-beer-like sweetness from its ample oak. This Howell Mountain bottling shows the tighter structure and more active tannins that its appellation predicts, but it conveys a fine sense of depth and is never limited by its toughness. It wants a couple more years in the cellar than most of its mates, and we anticipate maturity in a decade or so. $80

Time Posted: Sep 3, 2013 at 8:44 PM
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September 3, 2013 | Cellar Blog

Harvest is Coming!

Vintage 2013 is off to a fantastic start. 

This early growing season, 2 weeks earlier than normal, has all the crew at Cornerstone Cellars excited for the upcoming harvest. The growing conditions have been ideal. Even though the Napa Valley has experienced one of the driest winters in many years which has prompted early irrigation of the vines, the spring was very mild and one of the few where frost wasn’t an issue. With glorious warm sunny days, the weather couldn’t be better. Even the late June heat wave had little effect on the vines and the leaf protected grapes clusters with their hard skins helping to resist heat damage.

In our vineyards there are the first signs of veraison, the initial step of the ripening process. Now the Napa Valley has entered into its typical weather pattern with cool mornings aided by low clouds or marine layer which the sun burns off by late morning and the cooling Bay Area breezes coming in to cool the late afternoon. These temperatures are perfect for this critical time of the season so we get the flavor development which Napa Valley fruit is famous for. 

But the greatest aspect of this early season is that it’s EARLY giving the grapes more time for optimal ripening to develop their intense, vibrant aromas and flavors, to be picked at just the right time and not rushed by weather concerns, to bring you fabulously balanced elegant wines.

Here’s to a fantastic, absolutely fabulous 2013 vintage.

Jeff

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August 18, 2013 | Cellar Blog

Our Mission Statement

Vintage, Vineyard and Variety

"Excellence is never enough, we have to go beyond and establish an ever higher goal each vintage. Our goal is to craft wines that are not only exceptional, but memorable. Each of our wines expresses the essence of vineyard, variety and vintage, which combine each harvest to create something never to be exactly repeated."

Time Posted: Aug 18, 2013 at 8:41 PM