Thursday, we had Rob Sinskey, Napa legend, do a tasting at currentVintage.Â The fact that Rob even does store tastings amazes me!Â He has been established for 20+ years; he was organic before it was popular.Â His wife, Maria, is a celebrated chef and cookbook author.Â Yet, here they are, in my store, with their adorable daughters.Â Itâ€™s all about passion and itâ€™s contagious!Â People turned out by the dozens; Rob talked to every single person about the wines, as he sampled them and signed the bottles of POV that are labeled with his own b&w photographs. All the while, his girls modeled angel-sleeve dresses and Candies.Â Pinch me!
Thank God someone did, or I might not have snapped out of Sinskey-adoration mode and into my mauve ultrasuede maxi skirt adorned with felt grape bunch appliquÃ©s.Â I quickly paired it with a Cheryl Fudge pink silk scarf halter and Lucite grapes necklace and moments later made my entrance to the NWF Gala, one of my favorite events of the year.Â Within four minutes, I had lost my friend Robin and begun the 4 hour journey of international wine and food soloâ€¦ceviche and aligotÃ©â€¦duck confit and Alex Gambal Savigny les Beaune, Caymus and chocolateâ€¦
Nearly a week later, over all the flavors and voices and bottles that were swirling under that tent,Â I most fondly remember Miner Family 07 ViognierÂ and John Arns 05 cab.Â The viognier was remarkable, especially for the price (will be a mere $20 at currentVintage)â€”plump with honeysuckle, yet thoughtfully balanced.Â Dangerous, really.Â The Arns cab was sturdy, but lush, rich and velvety.Â I was tentative in extending my glassâ€”a big cab seemed like too much on a night of so many sips, but I was rewarded with a big smooch as soon as it hit my lips.
One would think that after the gala all would be sated and ready for bed, but not this crowd!Â Ray Coursen (NWF Luminary of the Year) ordered several bottles of his Elyse Korte Ranch Zin, which is big and spicy and berry red, much like its charismatic maker.
And an hour later, there I was, belting out show tunes at the Club Car.Â It was opening night, after all, and that only comes once a yearâ˜º