Cornerstone Cellars

Harvest Willamette Valley 9/13/15

Our Oregon crew sorting pinot noir

It’s 6:30 in the morning and it’s time pick the grapes. However there is no picking crew waiting except us. This vineyard was going to be harvested by the four of us. This is the Maverick Vineyard, in the Oregon Willamette Valley sub-AVA of Yamhill Carlton. It’s just a baby and an infant like Maverick does not produce enough fruit to interest a crew of pickers paid by the bucket. The fruit needed to be picked so the four of us picked it.

Then to the winery where over the next twelve hours seven of us hand sorted and processed 15 tons of pinot noir, from our other vineyards, which are now happily cold soaking as we finish cleaning up the mess that only handling ton after ton of grapes can make.

Winemaker Tony Rynders harvesting Maverick Vineyard

An interesting thing happens after you hand sort that much fruit. The tartaric acid crystallizes on your fingernails making them look like they’ve been painted white. I don’t think it’s good look for me.

You’ll excuse me after fifteen hours of hard work for not being more eloquent, but I’ll give you a more detailed look at our Cornerstone Oregon harvest tomorrow. Good night as another fifteen tons will be waiting in the morning.

Lofty Ambitions!

The view of the Yountville Hills from the Cornerstone Cellars Library Loft

We have lofty ambitions at Cornerstone Cellars. Not only do we reach for the sky with our wines each vintage, but we want visitors to our Yountville tasting room to be treated to a tasting experience as elevated as our wines. For our club members we always aim even higher. Our lofty ambitions to bring a unique wine tasting experience to our members has now been fully realized! We are excited to introduce you to the new Cornerstone Cellars Library Loft, a private tasting room reserved for our wine club members.

Tucked above the Cornerstone Cellars tasting room, the Library Loft offers lovely views of the Yountville Hills and the town of Yountville itself. On the deck is a bistro table for sun worshipers and inside groups of up to fourteen can enjoy our latest vintages and receive personal attention from our staff of experienced wine educators. 

Knowing that wine without food is a bit lonely, we are pleased to offer you gourmet box lunch selections from our amazing culinary neighbors here in Yountville. Call ahead to order mouthwatering selections from Bouchon Bakery, Napa Style, the Yountville Deli or Ad Hoc's Addendum. As always, our wonderful cheese tasting plates are available to our club members. 

Club members are welcome to bring their guests to share the Cornerstone Cellars Library Loft experience for a formal tasting, box lunches or casual sipping with our selection of cheeses. Our wine educators would be more than happy to present one of our fun and educational wine seminars or create a customized wine experience for our club members and their guests.

To make reservations for the Cornerstone Cellars Library Loft and for current menu information, please contact our wine club director Nadia Olson ( - direct line 707-490-271), tasting room manager Katrina Kay ( - direct line 707-260-5671) or call the tasting room at 707-945-0388. 

We look forward to sharing the Library Loft with you. Please let me know you are coming and I'll be sure to stop by and say hello! Craig Camp - or @CraigCamp on Twitter