With a nod to National Rosé Day on June 12th, read my varietal article from the April 2021 issue of Napa Valley Life! Here is a starter to lure you in, finish it up by following the READ MORE link to their site. . . Cheers! Christopher
“Pink sunshine” and “freshness in a glass” are catchy phrases Robert Sinskey winemaker Jeff Virnig uses to describe the winery’s latest release of the 2020 Vin Gris of Pinot Noir, a complex pink wine with bright, fruity flavors, crisp acidity, and long dry finish. With a brilliant pale salmon hue, this signature style has become the benchmark for where classy pink wines have come over the past thirty years and one of the many reasons wine lovers flock to Napa Valley in the springtime to get their hands on these energetic young wines before they sell out.
The road to rosé’s popularity in Napa Valley did not happen overnight.
When Virnig started making rosé in1991, his goal was to create a fun, quaffable, food-friendly wine that added instant excitement to gatherings any time it was served. But at the time, the impression pink wines were making on American consumers was swayed by the sugary imports like Mateus and Lancers, which flooded the marketplace in the late 1960s. When Sutter Home Family Vineyards winemaker Bob Trinchero released their White Zinfandel in 1975, people went crazy for it, but it was still snubbed by serious wine drinkers.
As a result, the first
few vintages of the Robert Sinskey Vin Gris were sold to wine buyers and
sommeliers in New York City, who catered to world travelers that were
already familiar with the drier styles of rosé produced in France,
Italy, Spain and German. As the years passed, this learning curve gave
Virnig and other adventurous winemakers of Napa Valley time to develop
special techniques now being used to create various expressions of rosé
The Varietal Show has a spirited discussion about the joys of wine, food and the Sierra Foothills with fellow sommelier and proprietor Tracey Berkner, who established Taste Restaurant, Rest Hotel, and Volcano Union Pub & Inn in Amador County with star chef and husband, Mark Berkner. We taste, talk and pair wine from Cedarville Vineyard and Turley Wine Cellars with some of her signature dishes.
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A few delicious signature dishes that we touch on from TASTE, and the cozy store front at 9204 Main Street in downtown Plymouth!
You can watch the show below with talented and energetic winemakers from Inglenook, Peju Winery, Frank Family Vineyards, Alpha Omega, and St. Supéry Estate Vineyards & Winery, seen with me in the photo above! Glad to represent and include the great wines from Morisoli Vineyard, Amici Cellars and Quintessa in my film pairings as well!
On April 13th of this year, my father-in-law, Gerald Haslam’s pen came to final rest. Over a fifty-year career, he wrote deeply authentic stories depicting California’s Central Valley, its diversity of people, places, and rural culture. He excelled at yarns from his South Valley Okie and oil patch upbringing. LISTEN HERE to “Down on the Farm” host Tom Willey and Tulare County agrarian advocate Trudy Wischemann celebrate the life and times, most certainly the words of a singular Valley author.
Experience this virtual wine + music event featuring a live performance by Toronto Symphony Orchestra musicians Sonority Sisters, as well as a guided tasting of three wines from Napa Valley’s Ghost Block Estate Wineson Wednesday June 16, 5-6:30pm PDT. An experience brought to you by Melier.
The Sonority Sisters was founded by musicians Clare Semes and Kelly Zimba, a violin and flute duo that shares music in creative, safe, and socially distanced ways.
Participants will dig into pairing wines with music, engage with the musicians, and socialize with other wine lovers.ORDER YOUR TICKETS (to request wine delivery at least 6 days in advance).