Sundays with Sinskey
We are now in the second half of September. Here in Napa Valley, this means that harvest is in full swing. The air is filled with that wonderful, sweet smell of the crushed grapes beginning their fermentation. Though I’d be hard-pressed to name a “bad” one, this is definitely the best and my personal favorite time of year for wine tasting in Napa Valley.
Just now, the mornings are starting to get a little cooler and hazier, with more and more hot air balloons dotting the sky between St. Helena and Napa town. The afternoons are mild and beautiful, even cloudy days lead to the most spectacular sunsets. With so many top-rate wineries nearby, where the vineyard and mountain views rival the wines, as long as you’ve got the sun in the sky, a few good friends and clean wine glass in hand, you simply can’t go wrong no matter where you end up.
And in my case this past Sunday, we ended up at the purely enjoyable Robert Sinskey Vineyards. Though tucked into the side of a hill off Silverado Trail, away from the weekend swells of traffic on Highway 29, Robert Sinskey is no secret. Pinot Noir is what they’re known for, but it’s the Rose that flies off the shelf all too quickly thanks to a shout-out from Ina Garten—yup, the Barefoot Contessa, herself. She named Sinskey’s Vin Gris of Pinot Noir as her favorite Rosé in a Bon Appétit article earlier this summer. But, she’s been a fan for much longer—as explained in a Facebook post from 2012, she was searching for a crisp Rosé to serve at a party in the summer of 1999, and of the six bottles considered, Sinskey’s Vin Gris was the favorite by far.
With great wine, great food and great views, there’s a lot to like at Robert Sinskey Vineyards. See for yourself:
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