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.
My name is Stefanie and I was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. After completion of my psychology degree from the University of Minnesota, I moved west to Denver, Colorado. Denver is where my three children were born and I enjoyed being a stay at home mom. The move west continued in 2004 when my husband's job moved us to Southern California. We settled in the Temecula area which is north and inland from San Diego. This is where I got my start in the wine industry, as Temecula is a grape growing region with over 40 wineries. Six years later, another job related move brought us to Northern California, where we settled in the town of Napa. This move was very exciting as it provided me with more opportunities within the wine industry and the opportunity to grow as a wine professional. In addition to enjoying all that the region has to offer, I enjoy spending time with my family and occasionally indulging in my passion on the golf course.
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.
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!!
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.
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
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.
September 19th, 2013 6:00 PM
2011 Stepping Stone North Coast White Rocks!
2010 Cornerstone Cellars Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc
2011 Stepping Stone North Coast Red Rocks!
2010 Cornerstone Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Stepping Stone
2010 Cornerstone Napa Valley Cabernet Franc, Stepping Stone
Presented by Alex Crown
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."