Category Archives: Event

Sonoma Wine Country Weekend Sept 4-6

We are heading into the 2015 Sonoma Wine Country Weekend from September 4-6! There you will find me filling various duties:

*Featured Sommelier Star throughout the weekend and the Head Sommelier at the Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction on Sunday

*Host to a series of special tastings with Stolzle Glass on Saturday for the Taste of Sonoma event at MacMurray Estate Vineyards in Russian River Valley

*Guest at the luncheon at Benovia Winery and the Sonoma Starlight event at Francis Ford Coppola Winery on Friday

Hope you can join me for the fun! Christopher
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Wind to Wine Dinners & Seminar on Aug 7-8

Yes, I have been keeping rather busy and it just continues, this weekend it will be the inaugural WIND to WINE Festival hosted by the Petaluma Gap!

The fun starts Friday night August 7th with two wine dinners at  Keller Estate & McEvoy Ranch.  Then at the Sheraton Petaluma on Saturday, August 8th there will be more than 60 wines available for tasting as well as a VIP Seminar “A Winemaker’s Perspective on the Petaluma Gap AVA” hosted by ME!

More information at the Petaluma Gap website.

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Here comes the Meat! Cochon 555 feast this sunday August 2nd

Napa Valley’s cult-favorite-whole-animal-wood-fired-outdoor feast, brought to you by Cochon 555’S Heritage Fire, features 3000 pounds of fire kissed meat at Charles Krug Winery in St. Helena this Sunday August 2nd, 3pm– 7pm.

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Join me and the Nerd Stalker for this one! The goal of the events produced by the team at Cochon 555 are to promote honest food artisans, celebrate family farms, and create culinary awareness for those hard working people responsibly raising heritage species. The events tilt the scales in favor of the farms and the relationship with the emerging chef community constantly struggling with paying premium food prices when the decision is made to serve their guests safer, flavorful food raised locally.

*Tickets available at COCHON 555*
A portion of the ticket proceeds will benefit St. Helena Farmers Market and the American Institute of Wine & Food. A group of celebrated butchers will host a Pop-Up Butcher Shop presented by Williams-Sonoma where 100% of the proceeds will benefit the students of the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone.

Get Back to the Future @St Francis on July 23

This is the final installment of “stars under the stars” Outdoor Film Festival at St Francis Winery for summer 2015. Sorry to miss all the fun but you can have a fabulous evening!

Back to the Future
Starring Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd & Lea Thompson (1985)
Pre-show concert by: Windsor Jazz Ensemble
Thursday, July 23, 2015

future1Featured Wines
$8 per glass (Includes a keepsake St. Francis glass)
2013 Chardonnay
2012 Three Valleys Zinfandel

On the Menu by Executive Chef Bryan Jones
$10 per plate
Meatloaf Sandwich
Mac & Cheese

Admission & Popcorn are Free!
Wine, Food and Sweets will be available for purchase.

Casablanca @St. Francis Winery on July 16th

Casablanca will be the featured film this Thursday July 16th at St Francis Winery for the 6th Annual Outdoor Film Festival. While I will be tasting wines in Italy, imagine the amazing pairing you can enjoy with St Francis wines and Moroccan Chicken Tagine & Apricot-Almond Couscous!

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The film begins at dusk, seating begins at 7pm, so you can enjoy the pre-show concert by The Atomic Lounge Show.

Admission is Free!

Rose Rendezvous on Saturday, August 1st

Here is an opportunity to taste some great wines, some which I was fortunate enough to award Gold Medals at the recent Rose Competition.

roserendevouz-250August 1st, 2:00-5:00pm

Rose Rendezvous will be a charming event where you can meet some winemakers and celebrate all things Rose. SIMI’s Executive Chef Kolin Vazzoler will be cooking up tasty noshes while music will be provided by the eclectic band Full Chizel.  Be sure to get primed for the day with my recent article Ten New Pink Wine picks with Class and Style.

$35.00 per person includes all sips, bites plus a custom souvenir Rose glass to take home.  Buy your tickets at HTTP://ROSERENDEZVOUS.BPT.ME/

For further information contact Bob Ecker (707) 421-1701

Sunset Celebration Weekend 2015

cw2015splashGetting ready for a fabulous weekend at the Sunset Headquarters in Menlo Park. Find me at the Sunset Celebration Weekend.

If you already purchased tickets, come to the 1pm Wine Seminar: Sunset International Wine Competition Winners that I will be hosting (Sold Out) but there are still plenty of other things to do if you buy a General Admission Pass; Kids’ Zone, Camp Sunset, 2015 Travel Awards, and more . . .