The town of Yountville is a walkable, one-mile stretch of restaurants, shops, tasting rooms, art displays, and hotels. Known as the "Culinary Capital of Napa Valley" or the "Gourmet Mile," Yountville boasts several critically acclaimed restaurants, including Thomas Keller’s The French Laundry and Bouchon. As such, it has a reputation of being an expensive place to visit, much less stay.
While this is certainly the case for those looking for 5-star dining and lodging...there are more affordable options for visitors wanting an equally memorable experience, with money left over to buy wine. The wine is, after all, why most people come to the Napa Valley. What’s more, you can leave your car at the hotel and stroll the day(s) away. Here’s how:
The Yountville Chamber has implemented a program called “Taste Life Here” Wine Tasting Passport - $59 gets you a tasting flight at six wineries, all within walking distance from each other. The pass is valid until July 1, 2016 so if you can’t make it to all of them in one visit, you can use it again on your next.
In addition to being a passport participant, Cornerstone Cellars offers complimentary tastings with purchase, as well as to Wine Club members and Napa neighbors. You can even enjoy live music and 2 for 1 tastings from 3-6pm at our free Sunday Funday events, running all summer long through the end of October.
Hurley’s Restaurant is a favorite among locals and visitors alike. Their daily Vintners Menu features a two course lunch for $24, or a three course for $29. They also don’t charge a corkage fee so BYOB (bring your own bottle). Pacific Blues Café is a casual American Grill with a varied menu and al fresco seating on a big rustic deck. Yountville Deli, located in the north end of Ranch Market, has a variety of artisan sandwiches, along with a build your own menu. And then there’s Taco's Garcia—a tasty taco truck located in the dirt parking lot of Pancha's, the Valley’s last remaining old-timey saloon (read: dive-bar). For picnicking, there are parks at the north and south ends of town where you can enjoy your new favorite summer wine with some epicurean take-out.
Napa Valley Railway Inn is a unique hotel featuring charming rooms in converted antique train cars that sit on their original tracks. There’s even a delicious coffee hut in its caboose! There are also a few B&B’s in town where you can find a good deal with a little searching and flexibility: Maison Fleurie, Petit Logis, and Lavender Inn are all lovely options.
#96 Cornerstone Cellars, Yountville, Calif., and Gaston, Oregon
Michael Dragutsky and Craig Camp of Cornerstone Cellars believe that there is no better place in the world to grow cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, and merlot than the Napa Valley, but that Oregon's Willamette Valley produces better chardonnay and pinot noir than Napa can — so they make wine in both places. (They also produce, among other wines, a Napa Valley syrah rosé called Corallina that has been widely hailed.) Whichever state they're from, Cornerstone’s offerings are forthright and rich — not wines that will sit quietly in the corner.
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Cornerstone Cellars 2014 Corallina Rosé Syrah Napa Valley
Napa Valley, Napa Valley
Rosé wine from United States
Drinking window: 2016 - 2020
Vivid pink. Sexy, expansive aromas of ripe red berries, candied flowers and vanilla, with a hint of peppery spices emerging with air. Rich, palate-coating raspberry and cherry flavors give way to exotic apricot and tangerine in the middle, with a spine of juicy acidity adding lift. In an ample yet lively style, finishing with very good thrust and building spiciness. Imagine a ripe, fleshy New World version of Tavel and you can imagine how this wine comes across.
Josh Raynolds. Tasting date: May 2015
CORNERSTONE CELLARS Cabernet Sauvignon 'Michael's Cuvée' 2012
The 2012 Michael's Cuvée is absolutely delicious, instantly opens with seductive aromas of black cherries and dark currants woven together with sweet spices, violets, graphite and hints of chocolate shavings which soar from the glass. On the palate this is full-bodied, opulent and layered with excellent length, leaving behind delicious flavors of dark fruits, sweet spices and a cocoa edge. Today, this is already showing some very appealing characteristics, however it will need a couple more years of bottle age for everything to settle in. The 2012 Michael’s Cuvée is 91% cabernet sauvignon with 9% merlot. The blend was selected from the Oakville Station Vineyard (To Kalon) 57%, 28% Kairos Vineyard in Oak Knoll and 9% Ink Grade Vineyard on Howell Mountain. Less then 250 cases made. (Best 2018-2025) - July, 2015 (JD)