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!
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 samplingwith 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.
I know the details for my FIF Somm Sessions have been just trickling out as we start each series, so here is the lowdown on my Quarterly Classes (each 3rd Saturday of the month from 10-11:30am), as well as some more ticket links, and a dedicated schedule page for your reference! Whew, big breath after getting all that out. Please proceed as the information unfolds below.
Appellation Series: Aug 18 (past)–Tasting Two Sides of the Mayacamas Mountains with Aiken Wines of Napa Valley & B. Wise Vineyards of Sonoma Valley Nov 10– Celebrating the 35-year Anniversaries of the Carneros, Russian River Valley and Paso Robles AVAs
Doesn’t this venue look just smashing? This featured picture is from my first Quarterly Series (with detailed schedule coming soon): Yet you can join me at this amazing Feast It Forward setting sooner, and as promised, here is the list of the MonthlySomm Sessions in Napa through the end of 2018: They will always be on the First Thursdays of the month from 5:30-7pm.
First up, join me and some amazing wines on Thursday September 6th, 5:30-7pm, for The RoséRevolution & Aromatic Wine Picks for Autumn 2018! GET TICKETS NOW
Looking for some bright, fresh and expressive new wines to serve with appetizers, fresh soups, salads, gourmet dishes or to simply refresh the palate as the warm days of summer lead to the joyous months of harvest? Then join Feast It Forward Sommelier Chris Sawyer and special winery guests for this fun, interactive tasting focused on the wide range of dry, elegant and sophisticated styles of pink wines and aromatic white wines made with premium grapes from Napa Valley and beyond!
October 4th Exploring the Joys of Cabernet Sauvignon & Other Bordeaux Varietals
November 1st Messages in the Bottles — Unlocking the Mysteries Behind Crafting World-Class Pinot Noir and Elite Red Proprietary Blends
December 6th Holiday Wine Pairings with Films & Fine Cuisine
Mark your calendar! Tickets available at FIF Events. Cheers! Christopher
Feast It Forward is finally open at 1031 McKinstry Street in Napa, and with that my educational seminars can begin! Starting with my quarterly Appellation Series on Saturday, August 18, 10-11:30am. Reserve your space for $35, details below.
The Appellation Series: Tasting Two Sides of the Mayacamas Mountains with Aiken Wines of Napa Valley & B. Wise Vineyards of Sonoma Valley
The two sides of the Mayacamas Mountain Range come together in this one-of-a-kind exploration of high-class wines made with cherished grapes grown on the famed “Rutherford Dust” soils of Napa Valley and the rugged western-facing hillside of the Moon Mountain appellation overlooking Sonoma Valley. Taste and discover the complex profiles of these delicious gems with gifted winemaker Joel Aiken and other special guests. All this while relaxing in the comforts of The Studio by Feast it Forward in downtown Napa. Your $35 ticket to the Appellation Series includes a superb flight of six elite wines; discussion of each wine; food pairing tips; and much more!
I will post an extended schedule of monthy & quarterly offerings for the remainder of 2018 soon, so you can mark your calendars!
Cheers ~ Christopher
Sending seasons greetings to you all with hopes for INCREDIBLE things in the new year! I am looking forward to continuing my work at Gravenstein Grill, new wine classes at Feast It Forward, several trips including my first to China, pursuing publication of my appellation book, a blog upgrade (heads up!) and lots of quality family time. So enjoy friends, food and of course good wine over this winter holiday and embrace your own upcoming possibilities .
Hard to resist enjoying “FEAST Chronicles – Day 2″ at BottleRock Napa is LIVE! Filled with food, wine, music and fun, our Feast it Forward Ultimate Airstream Adventures Northwest hosted Capital Cities, Brett Dennen, ZZ Ward, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Wild Ones, Grizfolk, Joe Kwon of The Avett Brothers and many more for intimate interviews and jam sessions while enjoying (lots!) Sullivan Vineyards and Miner Family Vineyards.
Stay tuned for “Day 3″, followed by each of our acoustic #FEASTsessions sets from participating musicians alongside a full episode of our #BetweentheBottles at the festival.