I have not met Craig Camp IRL (in real life) yet, but I truly appreciate his support of VineSleuth online and his enthusiasm in using social media to reach out to his potential customers and other people in wine.
Last fall I tweeted that I had a few hours free during a trip to Napa and a few moments later he suggested I visit the tasting room of Cornerstone Cellars. I accepted the offer and he set up a Sensory Tasting Experience for me there. I learned a lot, felt a little silly and had a blast smelling, tasting and learning! Then, when I launched Dinner and Wine for $20 or Less, my e-book, he helped promote that on Twitter, too.
This is a guy who ‘gets’ social media and seems to enjoy it (as one should!)
So, as I was thinking of my next person to share 5 Wines to Enjoy with you (and me) I know I had to ask him to take part and I am so glad I did. Read on and let me know what you think…
I have a drinking problem. I have a problem drinking boring, industrial cookie cutter wines. In my over thirty years in the wine industry it has always been my goal to make, sell and drink wines with great individual personality. I am the Managing Partner at Cornerstone Cellars in the Napa Valley and Cornerstone Oregon in the Willamette Valley where we try to express that obsession in each of our wines. Our number one rule is to never make a wine we don’t love to drink. I can say with great satisfaction with our current batch of new releases we have achieved that goal. One thing for sure, as hard as it is, nothing is more fun than trying to make great wine.
And on to his 5 Wines to Enjoy…
One white wine under $20 and widely available in the U.S.:
- 2011 Stepping Stone by Cornerstone Corallina Napa Valley Syrah Rosé
Considering the wonderful warm weather we’ve had in the Napa Valley this year I’ll make a slight deviation from white wine and choose one of my wines, 2011 Stepping Stone by Cornerstone Corallina Napa Valley Syrah Rosé. Just bottled after six months in mature French Oak I love its bracing dryness and structure. Perfect for grilled Salmon this summer. This single vineyard Syrah rosé is a real rose, not a sagineé. Serious rosé for real food. $18
One red wine under $20 and widely available in the U.S.:
- 2010 Kermit Lynch Monferatto Rosso
This is easy as it’s my current “house wine.” The 2010 Kermit Lynch Monferatto Rosso is an incredible deal at $12. It reminds me of everything I love about Italian wines: acidity, verve and an inviting earthiness. This is a hodgepodge blend by Kermit of classic Piemontese varieties and I love it and buy it by the case.
One splurge (whatever splurge might mean to you):
- 1971 Giacomo Conterno Barolo Monfortino
Maybe the most compelling wine I’ve ever tasted. Perfect combination of power, finesse and terroir. Actually, I’d pick any vintage of this great wine.
Two others of your own choosing:
- 2009 Tendril Wine Cellars Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
2009 Tendril Wine Cellars Willamette Valley Pinot Noir is from one of my favorite winemakers anywhere, Tony Rynders. Tony was the winemaker that put Domaine Serene on the map in over a decade making the wine there and Tendril is his new personal project. With only 40% new oak and rich, velvety pure pinot noir character, this is a charmer not to miss. $45
- 2007 Corison Kronos Vineyard Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
2007 Corison Kronos Vineyard Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is yet another great Napa Valley Cabernet from winemaker Cathy Corison, who happens to be one of the few California winemakers who has never lost sight of the fact that in order to be a truly great wine you have to make a balanced wine. All the power you could possibly want wrapped in a svelte elegant wine. Any vintage of this wine you find will be an exceptional bottle.