Z-List! 23rd Annual Thanksgiving Wine Picks!

This years WINNING wines that pair perfectly with your Thanksgiving Turkey!  A big thanks to our 16 judges who (blindly) judged almost 175 wines together with turkey.  Near each wine you’ll find descriptions of the wine as well as the winery link.  Need wines shipped to you?  No problem, the wineries can do that! So can Bottle Barn. Yay!

 

Thank you to Grand Cru Custom Crush & Olivers Markets
for sponsoring this years epic competition.

CHAMPAGNE/SPARKLING

Claypool Cellars, Champagne $55.
Extraordinary, Apple-y, Brioche, Balanced, Pear Brûlée, Stone-fruit, Complex, Love…

ROSÉ

2014 Josh Cellars, Rosé, CA $14.
Succulent, Watermelons, Wild Strawberry, Tango’s with Turkey, Yummy, Easy Drinkin’

WHITE WINE *TIE*

2018 Alexander Valley Vineyards, Gewürztraminer, Mendocino $14.
Turkey Perfect, Exotic, Spicy, Crowd Pleaser, Ginger-not-Marianne, Luscious Lychee, Floral

2017 Dry Creek Vineyard, Chenin Blanc, Clarksburg $15.
White peaches, Crowd Pleaser, earth n spice & everything nice, Tropical fruits, Chamomile, Meyer Lemon

RED WINE

2014 Marimar Estate, Pinot Noir, Mas Cavalls, Doña Margarita Vnyd, Sonoma Coast $47.
Thanksgiving Velvet, Black Raspberries, Forest Floor, Dried Figs, Spiced Berries, Dancing in the Dark, Baking Spices, Cranberries-not the band, Elegant, Succulent, Gorgeous, Impressive

DESSERT WINE

2014 Gloria Ferrer, Demi-Sec Reserve Cuvée, Carneros. $40.
Fruitful, Succulent, Delicious, Creamy-Yum, Pretty, Ripe Juicy Green Apples, Ripe Pears

Napa Valley Film Festival: November 7-11!

Caviar anyone?  You never know what exciting enticement will come your way at NVFF!  Keep in mind that WINE will be poured at many venues from Charles Krug Wines, Gibbs Vineyards, Hess Collection, Ladera Vineyards, Long Meadow Ranch, Mersenne Wines and The GRADE Cellars.  I am excited to attend and share a glass with eager attendees!

Also if you are a Pass Plus Festival holder or VIP member, remember to visit The Studio by Feast it Forward  for their Filmmaker & Actor Lounge in partnership with Wanderluxxe:  Their culinary kitchen will bring chefs, musicians and filmmakers for discussions about film, food, wine and life.

Oh yes, and don’t forget to see a FILM!  Cheers, Christopher

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Photos (clockwise from left):  You never know who you might see at the Napa Valley Festival screenings and activities! #justsayin; Fine cocktails, artisan beer and world-class wine are all part of the extra incentives; #NVFF2018; Many wine venues to explore & enjoy!

In Amoré with Amarone: The Sawyer-Casale Tasting

So happy to share this Napa Valley Register article by columnist Eduardo Dingler (and some of my pictures!) about our recent private wine tasting at the home of Don Sebastiani.

Every month, Keith Casale and I orchestrate a wine theme and food pairing to dazzle a table-full of people.  October featured Amarone, read more at the link below!

*Exploding violets and cigar boxes, an afternoon with Amarone*

Cheers! Christopher & Friends

Vote Vote Vote! Bohemian Best of for 2019

We all love to VOTE right?  With the official election in sight, let’s all get warmed up with some online participation of this North Bay’s longest running Best Of contest.

Please remember to enter Christopher Sawyer for Best Sommelier & Gravenstein Grill for Best Restaurant!

If you need a reason why to add my name then maybe you need to have an Exclusive Sommelier Wine Tour, or private wine dinner with Fire & Vine, or attend one of my Somm Sessions at Feast It Forward, or just go to the Gravenstein Grill and sample from my wine list.  Why not?  Enjoy and happy voting!

Cheers! Christopher

Pinot On The River: This Sunday Oct 21 at Healdsburg Plaza

Join me at  Pinot On The River, this Sunday, October 21, from 11am to 3pm.  A must-attend wine event in Sonoma County, featuring a full program of exclusive Pinot Noir tastings, artisanal food vendors, silent auction, and raffle. The event benefits the efforts of Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Sonoma County, helping serve over 10,000 YOUNG PEOPLE ages 6 to 18.

Use promo code VINE18 for 25% off general admission!
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Merry Edwards Wine Dinner: October 25 at Gravenstein Grill

Join me at Gravenstein Grill for a very special evening featuring local winemaking legend Merry Edwards as she guides you through a lineup of fantastic Russian River wines produced right here in Sebastopol.  Chef Simontacchi has created a dish to pair with each, designed to bring out the flavors of both the wines and the incredible foods available here in West Sonoma.

Check out the five course wine-paired menu below and call 707-634-6142 to make your reservations!

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FEASTstock featuring mini-Somm Sessions on October 20th!

Announcing the Inaugural Oxbow District FEASTstock Festival, presented by Feast it Forward and Oxbow Public Market:  Here is a chance to get your Somm Session sampling with me and guest winemakers throughout the day in a fun interactive setting!

McKinstry Street and Oxbow Annex parking lot will be closed to create a neighborly and family friendly FREE block party.  Come out and play with us for a day filled with wine, craft brew, grub from Oxbow District merchants, kids zone and much more alongside #FEASTstudio playing host as Napa’s Own, Johnny Smith & Friends, Dgiin, Quinn DeVeaux Band and Justin Schaefers & the Blind Barbers jam on stage from 11a-8:30pm.

Presented by Feast it Forward and Oxbow Public Market to RAISE awareness and funds for Community Action of Napa Valley Food Bank!

Radio Show: ISO The Good Life from July 30th!

I was fortunate to meet radio host Mike The Wine Guy host of In Search of the Good Life, at the Grand Opening of the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University.  In such, I was able to hop on for a fun 10 minute interview with him!

Here is the link (scroll to bottom of his page) to listen in on that show if you have a little down time: Christopher Sawyer Of SawyerSomm

Cheers! Christopher

Cabernet Sauvignon & Bordeaux Varietals at Somm Session October 4th!

Plan your next trip to Napa for my fun and educational Somm Session featuring Rocca Family Vineyards, Terra Valentine and Oberon Wines.

This intimate monthly seminar, Exploring the joys of Cabernet Sauvignon & other Bordeaux Varietals, will introduce you to high-end pure Napa Valley Cabs; smooth textured and graceful Merlot; and spicy profiles of a limited-release Cabernet Franc straight from the mountains, in addition to featured winemakers.

Check out the full Somm Session Schedule for 2018 & get your TICKETS through Feast It Forward!