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18 Seaboard Contemporary American Grill with Robert Sinskey Vineyards

Robert Sinskey Vineyards

Robert Sinskey Vineyards is a fully organic and biodynamic winery located in the Stags Leap district of Napa Valley.   They produce an array of wines designated Napa or Los Carneros.  You may not have seen scores for any Sinskey wines in any of the major wine publications.  That is because Sinskey does not submit their wines for scoring.  They believe wine should be made for, and enjoyed as, a part of the culinary experience and not as “an athletic event”.
Bob Sinskey predicted a change in the American diet to lighter, healthier foods and inclusion of more exotic ingredients.  In conjunction with this, he identified a change in the American taste toward a lighter style of red wine.  He sought a site to start growing Pinot Noir in the late 1970’s.  He started as a winegrower, selling all his grapes, but changes in the business prompted him to start a winery.  The doors to the winery opened in 1988 and Bob convinced his son to take over the management of the winery while he continued to oversee the vineyards and to tend his thriving medical practice.  Sadly, Bob passed away in June 2015 and is sorely missed. 

Over the past twenty-five years his son Rob has grown the 100% organic and biodynamic certified winegrowing operation to over 200 acres of premium vineyards in the Carneros and Stags Leap districts of Napa and Sonoma Valleys.  Sinskey Vineyards is a true culinary experience, with Rob’s wife Maria Sinskey, a world renowned chef creating pairings for all of the wines.  Over the years, Maria garnered many accolades: 1996 Food & Wine Magazine Best New Chef, SF Magazine Rising Star Chef, SF Chronicle Rising Star chef and appeared on many PBS and Food Network Shows.  We are pleased to have Maria here to represent Robert Sinskey Vineyards.





18 Seaboard Contemporary American Grill

http://www.fluhrerreed.com/images/my_images/gallery/18_seaboard/title_shot.jpg18 Seaboard is located in Raleigh’s newly renovated downtown area at the former Seaboard Train Station. Boasting many awards from the 2010 Bravo Awards, Chef-Proprietor Jason Smith welcomes you with sensibly, inventive American Cuisine with a focus on North Carolina ingredients. From the downtown views of the open-air mezzanine to the warm hospitality of the staff, 18 Seaboard is the place for a casual weeknight dinner or that special occasion.

https://encrypted-tbn2.google.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcR1oluGhKQ0-KNqU2Ap5Mm7OC3wVON2bFP3T_MalaPrJEr7WgvyGAJason Smith, Chef Proprietor of 18 Seaboard, combines his North Carolina roots with extensive years of specialized cooking. Growing up in Wilmington, NC, Jason began cooking in high school, with his first professional culinary experience being in Raleigh. After 3 years at Raleigh’s busiest restaurant, 42nd Street Oyster Bar, Jason pursued a position in New York City’s Union Square Café.  Under the watchful eyes of three spectacular chefs for sixteen months, Jason’s culinary talent began to take shape. As Chef-Proprietor of 18 Seaboard, Jason celebrates straightforward American cuisine with a modestly contemporary edge. By marrying all that’s he’s learned from his mentors with his enthusiasm for cooking, it’s certain that he leaves his mark on North Carolina dining, just as those excellent chefs left their indelible mark on him.
Jason has long been a champion of the children in need.  We are delighted that he has a focus on the children of the Frankie Lemmon School.



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