2011 Stepping Stone North Coast White Rocks!
"I loved it! I want more!! I don't believe there are any other white blends out there that stand up to this one!!" Cellarmistress
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Not confining ourselves to trends and traditions, our aim is to create wines that are original, progressive, and fun in nature. By mixing things up and experimenting with new combinations of varietals with a spectrum of aromas and flavors, we want to offer blends without boundaries that will excite and please the occasional as well as the day to day wine drinker, but our goal is always the same: to create wines that are both intriguing and satisfying to both white and red wine drinkers. Stepping Stone by Cornerstone Rocks! are house wines for serious wine connoisseurs, yet they are priced so that even the most budget minded wine drinker can enjoy a great bottle of wine.
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||Dry White Wine
This wonderfully robust, wildly aromatic white blend of chardonnay and gewürztraminer is loaded with delicious flavors of pear, bright tropical citrus, melon and a dash of spice. Layers of succulent tropical flavors tantalize the palate giving a round mouthfeel, which is balanced by a refreshing acidity, creating a crisp, clean, satisfying finish. This delectable blend dances together beautifully creating a smooth, layered, but crisp white wine that pairs well with fresh salads, spicy Asian dishes and is perfect as an aperitif with appetizers.
Spicy Sichuan Style Shrimp
Foolproof Chinese Cooking by Ken Hom recipe reviews (79) wine pairings user rating:
92% would make it again main ingredients:
Shrimp, Garlic, Ginger yield:
Makes 4 servings Preparation time:
25 minutes Cooking time:
Sichuan cooking is popular throughout China, and in recent years, adventurous Chinese restaurants subscribe to Bon Appétit Ingredients
For the sauce:
- 1 1/2 tablespoons peanut oil
- 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh ginger
- 1 tablespoon coarsely chopped garlic
- 2 tablespoon finely chopped scallions
- 1 lb raw shrimp, shelled and deveined
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- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 2 teaspoons chili bean sauce
- 2 teaspoons Chinese black vinegar or cider vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 2 teaspoons sesame oil
- Cilantro sprigs, to garnish (optional)
- Heat a wok over high heat. Add the oil, and when it is very hot and slightly smoking, add the ginger, garlic, and scallions
- Stir-fry for 20 seconds, then add the shrimp. Stir-fry the shrimp for about 1 minutes
- Add the sauce ingredients and continue to stir-fry for another 3 minutes over a high heat. Serve at once
The evolution of my thoughts had me in a conundrum. I wanted to create two distinctive blended wines, but that was not enough. I wanted to make wine that Rocks!
We did not just want to make another blend, but to create a wine truly inspired by wines from two great wine regions we loved. First there are the racy whites of Italy’s Fruili region like Jermann’s Vintage Tunina or Bastianich Vespa and then there are the robust, satisfying red blends of southern France, just go down the list of Kermit Lynch’s wines from the Languedoc-Roussillon or Provence: we love them all.
Our goal was simple: offer both a great wine and a great value. We wanted to make house wines for people who love our Cornerstone Cellars Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon. There doesn’t need to be anything everyday about a wine made to be enjoyed daily. We did not want to be limited by any specific blend of varieties so we do not list them on the label. Rocks! is Rocks! and each year is an expression of that vintage. We scour the North Coast for the most interesting varieties and each year a new blend emerges. This means that each year’s Rocks! is a one-of-a-kind and its personality will change vintage to vintage with one very important common element: Rocks! is just plain delicious.
Tossing off the chains of varietal designation is a new experience and an exciting one. It is a totally different thought process. Normally we are thinking within the context of a particular variety, while with Rocks! our focus is only on the wine itself. Should it be light-bodied or full-bodied, who knows? That can only be determined by wines themselves. We taste, taste, taste, then taste some more until something in the wine tells us we have arrived. Each vintage is a new experience and each new experience gives birth to a unique wine.