Cornerstone Cellars Makes Moves
Cornerstone Cellars might be one of the most established Napa Valley wineries to fly under the wine country radar. But the label’s new Downtown Napa and Vista Collina Village tasting rooms shine a well-deserved spotlight on the small winery with deep roots that sources its grapes from some of the areas most lauded vineyards.
Cornerstone Cellars has been producing wine in the Valley for 30 years under the guidance of iconic names like Randy Dunn, Celia Welch, Philip Titus, and currently Kari Auringer and Charles Thomas, and is perhaps best known for its bold Cabernet Sauvignons sourced from acclaimed addresses such as Howell Mountain, Oakville Station, and Atlas Peak. Only 5,000 cases are produced annually and the wines are sold primarily through the tasting room and at high-profile local restaurants such as Morimoto, Rutherford Grill, Bistro Jeanty, and Angele.
But its new home on 1st Street in the former Gordon Huether Gallery and its Vista Collina Village placement allow the winery to better highlight its wide range of varietals, such as a thirst quenching, gold-medal winning 2016 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc and a double gold medal winning 2017 Corallina Grenache Rose, in addition to the 91-point Decanter-rated Benchlands and Calistoga Cabernets.
“Our reputation is decidedly based on our Cabernets that over-deliver for the price point – big, bold, and illustrative of their terroirs,” said Cornerstone CEO Angelica de Vere Mabray.
“Our new Vista Collina Village spot offers a small sampling of what we offer, and our new 1st St. tasting room allows us not only to showcase our amazing Cabernets and the difference that vineyard location can make, but also our other varietals. This is a comfortable and welcoming environment where guests can learn about Napa, its different AVA, and the area’s many wines. We offer a gold standard experience.”
The new sleek and modern 1st St. tasting room, located within an energy efficient LEED building, is consistent with the look and feel of the Cornerstone brand. Clean and contemporary décor includes comfy seating, couches, and bistro tables. Two design elements that remain from the space’s former gallery – a large Heuther glass fountain and a flowing, underfoot glass river – are incorporated into the new design. This is a place in which to relax, unwind, and linger. And to eat.
“We will soon offer in-depth food and wine experiences in collaboration with chefs from our local restaurants such as Oenotri and Tarla,” said de Vere Mabray. “These culinary partnerships will allow us to highlight the versatility of Cornerstone wines, while getting to know our new 1st St. neighbors. We are so thrilled to make our new home here, and to be part of the area’s renaissance.”
FOR MORE INFORMATION 1465 1st St., Napa; www.cornerstonecellars.com
Article By: Fran Miller