Category Archives: Event

McMinnville Wine Classic Awards 2022!

As seen in this gorgeous shot by Jason E. Kaplan Photography, the wine was flowing to perfection at the wine competition for McMinnville Wine & Food Classic, coming up this March 11-13.

See the McMINNVILLE WINE CLASSIC AWARDS results here!

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A few lucky judges also went touring, THANKS to the hospitality of Erath & WillaKenzie for the spectacular visits!

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Vote Baby Vote! Best Of Bohemian Until December 1st

The time has come again to select your favorites from Sonoma County, honoring local businesses! I humbly request your support in the BEST SOMMELIER category, VOTE HERE, and type in Christopher Sawyer.

Also please consider Gravenstein Grill for BEST RESTAURANT as well as an assortment of the dining categories you deem worthy. And most especially, if you have had the pleasure of trying out Sonoma Burger then give them a nod for BEST BURGER. If not then go try it out today!

Thank you, enjoy and happy voting! Chris

#HWC2021 – The Video Collection!

We had a grand old time at the Home Winemakers Classic in support of Mt Veeder Fire Safe Council! For details and photos check out my previous post, but scroll down here for two of my spectacular winemaker interviews, featured on The Varietal Show, and a replay of the entire HWC event from July 17th!

You can also watch my Instragram interviews (@sawyersommelier) with Shari Staglin: Staglin Family Vineyard, Steve Sando: Rancho Gordo Beans, Angelina Mondavi: Dark Matter Wines & Walter Hamlin: Oakville Wine Merchant!

#HWC2021 Raises Funds To Protect Mt Veeder From Fires!

Fantastic results for a noble cause!

For more than 30 years, the Home Winemakers Classic has generated funding in support of fire safety for the Mount Veeder neighborhood in Napa Valley via a silent auction and a raffle. The virtual event was filmed at The Hess Collection Estate to raise critical funds for the Mt Veeder Fire Safe Council.

Mark Ibanez, Sports Director for KTVU Channel 2, and I discussed of some of the amazing Wine Auction Lots up for grabs, showed several short documentaries I did with my good friends at Lagier Meredith Vineyard, Judd’s Hill and MicroCrush. Concluding with announcement of the winner of the prestigious Nathan Fay Award for the 37th Annual Home Winemakers Classic!

Fabulous photos and Instragram interviews (@sawyersommelier) with Shari Staglin: Staglin Family Vineyard, Steve Sando: Rancho Gordo Beans, Angelina Mondavi: Dark Matter Wines & Walter Hamlin: Oakville Wine Merchant, are up now: Videos from our show will be here in a few days so plan to come back soon!

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Watch The Rutherford Dust Society PNV 2021 Virtual Celebration

The #PNV21 Virtual Event was a success! It was an amazing presentation, fun was had by all. I was honored to lead this great show with members of the Rutherford Dust Society, and support the Napa Valley Vintners.

You can watch the show below with talented and energetic winemakers from Inglenook, Peju Winery, Frank Family Vineyards, Alpha Omega, and St. Supéry Estate Vineyards & Winery, seen with me in the photo above! Glad to represent and include the great wines from Morisoli Vineyard, Amici Cellars and Quintessa in my film pairings as well!

Symphony of Flavor: A Wine + Music Experience

Experience this virtual wine + music event featuring a live performance by Toronto Symphony Orchestra musicians Sonority Sisters, as well as a guided tasting of three wines from Napa Valley’s Ghost Block Estate Wines on Wednesday June 16, 5-6:30pm PDT. An experience brought to you by Melier.

The Sonority Sisters was founded by musicians Clare Semes and Kelly Zimba, a violin and flute duo that shares music in creative, safe, and socially distanced ways.

Participants will dig into pairing wines with music, engage with the musicians, and socialize with other wine lovers. ORDER YOUR TICKETS (to request wine delivery at least 6 days in advance).

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Cinema & the Cellar at the Rutherford Dust Film Fest

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Virtual Premiere Napa Valley Celebration

Thursday, June 3 from 3:00-4:00pm PT

Join the winemakers of Rutherford Dust Society and the world’s first film sommelier, Christopher Sawyer for a virtual wine & movie celebration on June 3rd.

During this high-energy event, Alpha Omega, Amici, Inglenook, Frank Family Vineyards, PEJU, Quintessa and St. Supéry will present their Premiere Napa Valley lots, with a cinematic twist!

Whether you’re in the mood for action, drama, comedy or romance– there will be a wine for you in this action-packed session highlighting the radiant Rutherford region, its famous filmmakers and winemakers, and the elusive “Rutherford Dust” character that keeps wine lovers from around the world coming back for more. Join this list of stellar panelists on ZOOM!

More Wine + Yoga: In Person @ Cuvaison Estate on Sunday May 23

The time has come for in-person wine and yoga sessions starting this month led by Vino Vinyasa, and hosted by Melier, so you can finally sip and stretch simultaneously (with the option of virtual as well).

the experience will be located at the beautiful Cuvaison Estate Winery guest house, nestled amongst the vineyards, and just minutes from the Cuvaison tasting room: Tempt your taste buds with their 2018 Estate Chardonnay and 2020 Rose of Pinot Noir.

Get registered or check the Melier schedule for more options that might work for you!

Wine + YOGA: Twisting and Tasting with Smith Devereux on May 22

Ready to try something new? Melier is hosting both virtual and in-person yoga sessions starting this month!

This first VIRTUAL session, on Saturday May 22 from 11am-noon, will include an hour of stretching and sipping with Vino Vinyasa founder Morgan Perry and the respective winery owners featuring two wines from Smith Devereux: The 2017 No 3 Red Blend and SB White Blend!

Get registered or check the Melier schedule for more options that might work for you!

May 7 Is #SauvBlancDay: Join St Supéry Around The World Virtual Tasting

Sauvignon Blanc  Around the World: North & South America Live Virtual Tasting 

Friday, May 7 at 5pm PT Sauvignon Blanc has made a name for itself in many regions of the world. Hear “Sommelier to the Stars” Christopher Sawyer chat with global winemakers from California to Chile. Did you know that excellent Sauvignon Blanc is made in Uruguay and Mexico? Discover these great regions in an engaging chat on

  • Moderator: Christopher Sawyer, Sommelier
  • Michael Scholz, VP Winemaking and Viticulture, St. Supéry Estate, Napa Valley, California
  • Christian Wylie, Managing Director, Bodega Garzon, Uruguay
  • Sofia Araya, Winemaker, Ritual, Casablanca Valley, Chile
  • Nikolai Rudametkin, La Lomita Winery, Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico

Join us on ZOOM, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube or streamed live on my Sawyer Sommelier Facebook page! #SauvBlancDay