Category Archives: Feast It Forward

Cabernet Sauvignon & Bordeaux Varietals at Somm Session October 4th!

Plan your next trip to Napa for my fun and educational Somm Session featuring Rocca Family Vineyards, Terra Valentine and Oberon Wines.

This intimate monthly seminar, Exploring the joys of Cabernet Sauvignon & other Bordeaux Varietals, will introduce you to high-end pure Napa Valley Cabs; smooth textured and graceful Merlot; and spicy profiles of a limited-release Cabernet Franc straight from the mountains, in addition to featured winemakers.

Check out the full Somm Session Schedule for 2018 & get your TICKETS through Feast It Forward!

Next Quarterly Somm Session on September 15th, plus Full Schedule!

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.

Quarterly Somm Sessions

Vintners, Vintages & Varietals Series:
Sept 15GIBBS Napa Valley & COHO Wines
Dec 15 Michael Mondavi and Oberon Wines

Trending Now! Series:
Oct 20The Rebirth of the Hip Red Grape Varietals
January Date TBA

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 10Celebrating the 35-year Anniversaries of the Carneros, Russian River Valley and Paso Robles AVAs

FULL SCHEDULE through 2018

This additionally includes my Monthly Somm Sessions on First Thursdays, 5:30-7pm! Ticket links will be there as they come available. Contact me at wine@sawyersomm.com if you need any assistance!

Cheers!  Hope you are able join me at Feast It Forward.
1031 McKinstry Street, Napa, CA 94559
707-819-2403 info@feastitforward.com

FIF Somm Sessions: Monthly Class Series Begins Sept 6th

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 Monthly Somm 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 Rosé Revolution & Aromatic Wine Picks for Autumn 2018! GET TICKETS NOW

At “Somm Sessions; The Rose Revolution & Aromatic White Picks for Autumn 2018” on September 6, try this classy Pinot Grigio, the newest release from Benessere Vineyards—one of the top producers of Italian varietals in the New World!
At “Somm Sessions; The Rose Revolution & Aromatic White Picks for Autumn 2018” on September 6, try this classy Pinot Grigio, the newest release from Benessere Vineyards—one of the top producers of Italian varietals in the New World!

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

Smiles everyone, smiles! At the #SommSessions gathering on Thursday, September 6th, sample the tangy sensations of the intriguing white grape variety Verdelho made by winemaker Christine Barbe of Coquerel Wines (second from left) and the long, dry finish of the Rosé of Cinsault crafted by Onestra winemaker/proprietor Jillian Johnson Deleon (far right).
Smiles everyone, smiles! At the #SommSessions gathering on Thursday, September 6th, sample the tangy sensations of the intriguing white grape variety Verdelho made by winemaker Christine Barbe of Coquerel Wines (second from left) and the long, dry finish of the Rosé of Cinsault crafted by Onestra winemaker/proprietor Jillian Johnson Deleon (far right).

My Somm Sessions getting started at FIF, August 18th!

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, 10-11:30amReserve 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


FEAST IT FORWARD!

Happy Holidays from The Sawyers!

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 .

Many cheers to 2018!  Christopher 

Reliving BottleRock Napa Valley Day 2

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.

 

BottleRock Napa Valley 2015 Review Day 1

Although it ended last week, Bottle Rock Napa Valley 2015 is still alive and kicking with all the live interviews that will be highlighted on FeastItForward.com over the next few months, as well as in a number of the articles I’m writing for more national publications.

So to get you primed, here’s a review of FEASTing Day 1 at the Williams-Sonoma Culinary Stage and great times spent with musical dynamos Imagine Dragons, Flavor Flav, Zella Day, and The Mowgli’s; star chefs Rick Moonen, Michael Voltaggio, Mei Lin, Victor Scargle, and the Forgone Family; Dave Miner of Miner Family Winery; MC Liam Mayclem; and Katie Hamilton Shaffer and the rest of the great Feast It Forward team!

You can also see some of my fun posts from the festival by visiting my Facebook page at Christopher Sawyer Sommelier or my Twitter/Instagram handles @sawyersommelier. And for more information about the sold-out festival and news on what will be happening in 2016, visit www.bottlerocknapavalley.com.

SIFF video review featuring Me & Classic Wines

Take a few minutes to join me while I taste Gary Farrell, Three Sticks and Head High Wines with Feast It Forward founder Katie Hamilton Shaffer, at Sonoma International Film Festival.

Classic Wines Visits Sonoma International Film Festival from Feast it Forward on Vimeo.

Watch for live reports from me and Katie at Bottle Rock on the Feast it Forward Twitter & Instagram pages.