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
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!
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!
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!
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!
ME Menu 1 page
Join me for The Glass Makes the Difference at The CVM Store in Sonoma, where I explore the benefits of Stolzle stemware, July 20 from 1-3pm. More details on the flyer below, call 707-938-7917 to reserve your space! Cheers, Christopher
Chris Sawyer Flyer
Signature Sonoma Valley is like no other wine event, an intimate and exclusive deep dive into the wines, terroir and people of Sonoma Valley’s historic wine region. Experience the vineyards and cellars of some of California’s most iconic winemakers, cutting-edge innovators and multi-generational winegrowers.
Want to taste a Hanzell 1977 Pinot Noir or other stunning wines from brilliant cellars? Then join me, Steve Sangiacomo and Don Sebastiani (pictured at right), plus MS Bob Bath, more star somms, and a fabulous cast of winemaking icons at the #LegendsDinner at #SignatureSonomaValley, April 7!
Event TICKETS are available to reserve individually or through the VIP weekend package. Special hotel packages and luxury transportation available on the website. Space is extremely limited – reserve now!
P.S. I Love You!
Yes, YOU, but also Petite Sirah! Next weekend on Sunday March 18th get ready for the P. S. I Love You event put on by the Petite Sirah Advocacy Organization at the Culinary Institute of America’s COPIA campus in Napa.
The Petite Masters class that I will be leading is already sold out and the tickets to the public tasting that will follow are moving fast. So get yours TICKETS asap!
Will you be at World of Pinot Noir (WOPN) on March 2-3? If you will be at this Santa Barbara event then please be sure to sign up for my special Saturday seminar ATTACK OF THE CLONES!
A panel of winemakers and I will lead you during my fun and educational seminar. You will get to learn – and taste – the difference between many key Pinot Noir grape clones. Panelists include:
- Greg Morthole – Davis Bynum
- Heidi Bridenhagen – MacRostie Winery & Vineyards
- Ben Papapietro – Papapietro Perry Winery
- Amy Thorn – Thorn Hill Vineyards
- Ben Cane – Westwood Estate Winery
During my Zinfandel Experience this year I ran into The Cork Dorks: This team consists of Adam Montiel and Jeremy West, part of a weekly program on The Krush 92.5. Take a little break to listen and watch this recounting of their ZAP adventure! (And yes, you will hear my voice in spots there as well. . .)
While the trade portion gets going earlier in the week, you can still get the Zinfandel Experience with tickets to a few events that are not already sold out!
Flights: January 19, 10:30-1pm
Moderated by Joel Peterson, winemaker of Ravenswood Winery.
Aimed at the true wine aficionado with a keen curiosity, this seated seminar-style tasting allows attendees to experience the true character of Zinfandel through the eyes of experts.
Grand Tasting: January 20, 11am-5pm
The weekend’s main event is the Grand Tasting, where you will meet the winemakers at the most comprehensive showing of Zinfandels and blends in the world and experience a selection of sumptuous culinary samples from restaurants and winery chefs.
Winemaker Auction & Dinner: January 19
Unfortunately this event is already SOLD OUT. However, if you happen to be a lucky ticket holder be sure to look for my special Auction Package #20 and bid high! The live and silent auctions will showcase one-of-a-kind lots, rare bottles, and winery experiences with proceeds benefitting ZAP’s programming.