Perfect timing with many places reopened to outdoor dining, or continuing with take-out & delivery. Whatever suits your preference this Sonoma County Restaurant Week 2021, which starts February 19, keeps going until February 28th! You have plenty of time so get some good #SOCO eats and support a local biz!
While not on the list this year, just a few examples to help whet the palate (all from delicious menus at Gravenstein Grill)!
Save the Date and register for this upcoming online event series, the inaugural LEGENDS Masterclass, a Vineyard Seminar and Wine Tasting Series beginning June 4, 2020. This special VINOUS Live Webinar will showcase six renowned vineyard sites of the Moon Mountain District.
Guests of the Masterclass will be the first to engage with the Moon Mountain District Vineyard Map, created as part of a major partnership with Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers and VINOUS to comprehensively map the vineyards of Sonoma Valley.
LIVE Thursday, June 4 | 5:00 PM (PST) | via Zoom No purchase necessary to participate! REGISTER HERE
You will receive an email confirmation with detailed instructions and credentials to access this special educational webinar. To enhance your experience, order theMoon Mountain District Tasting Kit. See participating wineries below.
Phil Coturri | Viticulturist Antonio Galloni | VINOUS | Moderator
FEATURED VINEYARDS: B. Wise Vineyards, Kamen Estate Vineyard, Moon Mountain Vineyard, Simons Vineyard, Silver Cloud Vineyard, Trinity Ridge Vineyard
PANELISTS: B. Wise Vineyards | Brion Wise + Massimo Monticelli, B. Wise Vineyards Kamen Estate Vineyard | Robert Kamen + Mark Herold, Kamen Estate Wines Moon Mountain Vineyard | Jim Momtazee + Erich Bradley, Repris Simons Vineyard | Phil Coturri, Winery Sixteen 600 Silver Cloud Vineyard | Mac McQuown + Jeff Baker, Stone Edge Farm Estate Vineyards & Winery Trinity Ridge Vineyard | John Lasseter + Tony Biagi, Lasseter Family Winery
As we all grasp the new reality, at least for the time being, the industry has shifted to allow the opportunity to keep filling our cellars! In addition there is an interactive tasting component being streamed for our virtual pleasure.
As an example, I was just with Tres Sabores on Instagram for their weekly Live Tasting Party, happening every Tuesday at 4pm! And look out for information upcoming about CellarPass TV, which I will be participating in soon with some very special wine guests! Until then here is a list of upcoming wineries partaking in the pleasures of our new normal this week.
Get ready San Francisco, because here comes Zin EX, January 30-February 1! Three spectacular days to celebrate the marvelous varietal Zinfandel. It starts with the Opening Night Dinner at Le Colonial (SOLD OUT, sorry!).
Saving the best for last is the Grand Tasting on Saturday February 1st, at Pier 27: This Zinfandel expedition will have over 100 participating wineries and culinary stations to sample delectable bites from leading chefs! BE SURE to include the code #ZigSaw for $10 OFF your PUBLIC Grand Tasting entry at 2pm!
Looking forward to an ZIN-tastic weekend!
Cheers, Chris & Ziggy (aka #ZIGSAW)
For those that have not yet explored this event, trek on over to Gravenstein Grill in Sebastopol to join a Wine Wednesday tasting! It is weekly in the Bartlett Bar from 5:30-7pm, an excellent opportunity to enjoy a free wine tasting with a local wine producer!
Here is the Autumn guest list, also note the special WW event happening on October 30th, details below!
Join me at this exclusive opportunity to taste more than 200 legendary wines and delicious foods—and find your own best of the best. Located at City View at METREON (135 4th St, San Francisco, CA 94103) from 6:30-8:30pm. Pair incredible wines with foods from 16 Bay Area chefs!
Taste world class Sonoma County Rhône style wines, including Syrahs, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Viognier, Marssanne, Roussane & more at the annual Rhône Rendezvous at Gravenstein Grill, hosted by myself, Sommelier Chris Sawyer! These small production wines are a passion of local winemakers who are bringing styles of one of the most interesting French wine regions home to the Bay Area. Come meet the winemakers themselves and find out more about these incredibly unique wines.
After my ethereal Healdsburg unicorn adventure here is another chance to join in the festivities and raise some money with the L.A. crowd! Mags for Ag at the Petersen Automotive Museum, this Thursday August 1st!
9PM SILENT AUCTION: More Wine, Silent Auction & Dessert Reception with Chefs
Mags for Ag is an intimate culinary experience promising up-close engagements with more than a dozen star winemakers pouring magnums table side and chefs cooking to support an important conversation in agriculture to grow thousands of new farmers each year. It kicks-off with winemaker reception followed by a keynote speaker, seated dinner and silent-auction filled with wine magnums and experiences to benefit charity.
TICKETS are $249 and include reception, dinner & silent auction +save 15% with the PROMOCODE -wineclub
Chefs and winemakers include Host Chef Sean Dent of Drago, Duskie Estes of Black Pig Meat Co., Joshua Whigham of Lapis and Anthony Sasso together with wine friends at Coursey Graves, Sangiacomo Family Vineyards, Small Vines, Lando Wines, Kreck Wines, Arcadian Winery, Davis Family Vineyards, Acorn Winery, Silver Oak Cellars, Rocca Family Vineyards and Phifer Pavitt.