by Luke Osteen
On the Verandah is calling upon the talents of a husband and wife team of vintners to help it stage what may be its final Wine Dinner of the season, starting at 6:00 P.M. Saturday, October 5.
Robert Sinskey Vineyards will provide the centerpiece labels for the dinner. Owner Robert Sinskey will host the event to greet guests and present each wine.
His wife, Maria Helm Sinskey will be in the OTV kitchen turning out the magnificent dishes for each course.
Rob Sinskey believes that the goals of making luxuriously elegant wines and farming with earth friendly methods are not mutually exclusive. Rather, he’s found that caring for the land and conscientious business practices have helped define the well-crafted wines of RSV. Rob and winemaker Jeff Virnig have adopted methods that not only produce wines of individuality, but leave a minimal footprint on the land.
Maria Helm Sinskey was born and raised in upstate New York. A degree in English from Union College proved invaluable in her chosen career as a chef. She quickly gained a reputation for spouting sonnets on the line.
Maria emerged in 1987 as a graduate of the California Culinary Academy.
She attended pastry school in Denmark to hone her sweet tooth and then returned to San Francisco to work as Chef at several noteworthy restaurants: Boz Scagg’s Blue Light Café, the venerable Sherman House – a Relais & Chateaux Hotel, and Plumpjack Café, which she left in 1999 to pursue a life combining family, food and wine in the Napa Valley.
Nowadays, you will find her cooking at her husband’s winery, Robert Sinskey Vineyards, laying out plots for her organic gardens, teaching, writing and raising two children.
Her first cookbook, “The Vineyard Kitchen: Menus Inspired by the Season,” published by HarperCollins was released in September 2003. “Family Meals: Creating Traditions in the Kitchen,” published by Oxmore House, followed in November 2008.
She’ll be bringing that learning to On the Verandah for its spectacular Wine Dinner.