Skinner Vineyards was founded as the result of a chance encounter. Mike and Carey Skinner were driving home to Santa Cruz from Lake Tahoe when they drove through a town called “Skinners, CA.” They decided to stop and make a detour, and soon learned that the town was named after James Skinner, a scottish immigrant who did well enough during the gold rush to purchase and plant a vineyard, establishing a winery and distillery in 1861. Turns out that James Skinner was Mike’s great-great-great-grandfather! With a coincidence that perfect, Mike and Carey decided to reestablish Skinner Vineyards and winery in 2006. Today, they honor the family’s legacy with Rhône-inspired wines that express the distinct qualities of their meticulously farmed, high elevation Sierra Foothills vineyards under guidance of Winemaker Chris Pittenger (whose spectacular Gros Ventre wines we also carry), Skinner has developed a wine program that pays homage to the family history and the wines of France’s Rhône Valley. “The region’s diverse landscape provides a unique opportunity to grow Rhône varieties at several different aspects, elevations, and soil types.” Chris says. “This makes for complex and exciting wines.”
The Native Red is a blend of Mission, Petite Bouschet, Trousseau, Carignan, Cinsault, Grenache, Counoise, Mourvèdre, Marsanne, Zinfandel, Viognier. It’s a flirty, mouthwatering expression of El Dorado. Spellbindingaromas of raspberry and roses make this wine as delightful to sniff as it is toguzzle. Lushly vivacious across the palate, plump and bright, the Native can beyour food’s best friend, or simply a way to jazz up a Wednesday evening.