It’s back again, the 7th Annual “Stars Under the Stars” Outdoor Film Festival at St. Francis Winery. I will be there every Thursday in July as your festival sommelier to pair St Francis’ world class wines with world class films. Starts at 7pm, admission is free!
Sleepless in Seattle StarringTom Hanks & Meg Ryan (1993) Pre-show concert by: Z & The Benders
Thursday, July 7, 2016
Featured Wines $10 per glass (Includes a keepsake St. Francis logoed glass) 2015 Chardonnay, Sonoma County
2014 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley
First of all a big THANK YOU to the wonderful folks at Gloria Ferrer, Wilson-Daniels, Deutch Family, Keller Estate, Banfi, Ramey, Failla, Aril, Goosecross, Grieve, Arista, Garnet, Palm Bay Imports, E&J Gallo, Rodney Strong, Southern Wines & Spirits, Republic National Distributing Co & Grand Vin, and especially my assistant Teale. They all made this happen!
Warm welcome to the historic town of Telluride on Main Street with the famous Idarado Legacy Trail and Rocky Mountains in the background. (top/bottom) Exploring the complex flavor profiles of Coastal Pinot Noirs with tasty offerings from The Calling, Garnet Vineyards, Keller Estate, Arista Winery and Three Sticks Wines. Special thanks to Sonoma County Vintners & Petaluma Gap board member Ana Keller for being part of this sold-out seminar for 70 people with me!
For my pairing with the exclusive Caviar Dinner at a private residence in Mountain Village, an all-star lineup of fine European bubbles from Gosset Champagne, Pierre Sparr, and Buglioni. (Left)
-Alsatian Invasion: Fun Sunday morning photo shoot with a bottle of the Pierre Sparr Cremant d’Alsace Brut Rose and the spectacular Bridal Veil Falls in the background. (top right to bottom)
-My great friend Lars Leicht of Cru Artisan and Banfi Vintners speaking to a packed house at our fun seminar and tasting, The Extraordinary Tuscan Experience.
-Sonoma County Vintners in bubbly form! Fabulous bottles of the Gloria Ferrer Blanc de Noirs and the J Wine Company Cuvee 20 featured at an amazing Saveur Pass Luncheon & Sparkling Wines to kick off the festival with the towering Mount Wilson in the background.
The brilliant Second Course at the Caviar Dinner created by talented Chef Bernard Guillas of Marine Restaurant in San Diego featuring fresh sashimi-grade Alaskan Halibut, Black River Caviar, and more flavorful accouterments! (top left)
-At the “King Georges” Gala to honor iconic French Chef George Perrier, founder of Le Bec-Fin Restaurant in Philadelphia in 1970, a Soufflé Glace Grand Marnier by Chef Jason Bayle. (left to right)
-#SawyerSelfieDeluxe with Chef Ann Cooper, founder of the Chef Ann Foundation, a magnificent charitable organization focused on making sure kids eat healthy at schools across the nation. Check out www.chefannfoundation.org to learn more information about this amazing project.
-Recreating one of Chef George Perrier’s most famous dishes during his forty-year stint at his famous restaurant in Philadelphia, the Gallette de Crabe “Le Bec-Fin” by Chef James Reaux.
In the mix of organizing wine seminars, shipments and special guests for the Telluride Wine Festival, I also made time to record this podcast interview with Susan Viebock at Telluride Inside & Out. Keep an eye on my social media for interesting wines, guests and activities this week at the festival!
Take the shortcut to Tuscany, via Telluride Wine Festival! Join me and Lars Leicht from Banfi to taste through an amazing samplings of Vermentino and Bolgheri Rosso from the coast; a new single vineyard Chianti, and bringing it all together with the newly released 2011 Brunellos. Fantastico!
Another great seminar and guest at Telluride Wine Festival! Jeff Boyer of Ramey Wines, to discuss and taste through a selection of their wines.
The Taste of Two Valleys will encompass the wines of David Ramey, whom has crafted world-class Chardonnay and Syrah with premium grapes grown in Russian River Valley and the Sonoma Coast appellations in Sonoma County for two decades. Join us Friday, June 24 from 3:30-4:30pm!
Ramey 2013 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley
Ramey 2013 Chardonnay, Woolsey Road Vineyard, Russian River Valley
Ramey 2014 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley
Ramey 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
Ramey 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Pedregal Vineyard, Napa Valley
I’m diving into another great film, wine and epicurean adventure! SIFF 2016 gets started on Wednesday. This year there will be more than 90 hand-selected films including independent features, documentaries, world cinema, and short films. All within walking distance of Sonoma’s historic plaza.
Come view, taste and stroll with me in Sonoma! Christopher
The countdown to Flavor! Napa Valley is on! I am the wine director for this year’s festivities March 16-20: Organizing tastings, food pairings and seminars has given me some things to get excited about, hopefully you can join in the fun as well. For more info, visit FlavorNapaValley.com.
Here are a few photos from the exciting Preview Party in SF, featuring a great mixture of media and team members from American Express, CIA Greystone, Celebrity Cruise, Visit Napa Valley, DPEM, AF&Co and me, who brought a tasty array of sips provided by four special wineries that will be involved in the culinary festival along with other members of the Napa Valley Vintners.