Perhaps you read our last blog post about not being able to use the wonderful picnic facilities at the Pine Ridge Winery. Just a few miles up Silverado Trail from Pine Ridge is the Robert Sinskey Vineyards. Here, they get everything right for the visitor. It is all about food and wine and making people feel right at home. There was no problem when we asked to use the picnic facilities. The only requirement was to drink some Robert Sinskey wine. How hard could that be? Robert Sinskey has a beautiful picnic area with a wonderful view of their hillside vineyards and the valley below.
When you taste wine at Robert Sinskey you taste wine with food. The pairings change daily depending on what the resident chef decides. The cost is $20 but $15 can be applied to the purchase of two bottles of wine. Great idea! We often wonder why more wineries don’t apply their tasting fee to the purchase of wine. It seems like a win-win situation for all parties.
The wines are excellent at Robert Sinskey. We think they make the best Pinot Blanc in the Valley. The other wines we enjoyed were the Pinot Noir and a fabulous Cabernet Franc. Besides the regular tasting, visitors can schedule a culinary tour, a cave and cellar tour, and on Saturdays and Sundays, a bento box tasting of five food items paired with Robert Sinskey wines. If you are interested check the Robert Sinskey Website for details.
Robert Sinskey’s vineyards are certified organic and the winery practices biodynamics throughout. The winery also has an organic garden where they grow herbs and vegetables that are used in their wine and food tastings.
The Good: The wines, the food and wine paring, the picnic area, a gracious staff.
The Bad: The Pinot Blanc comes only in a half bottle or magnum.