Category Archives: Festivals

St. Francis Film Festival: National Treasure Part 2, July 14

220px-Book_of_secrets_postThe 7th Annual “Stars Under the Stars” Outdoor Film Festival at St. Francis Winery continues.  Get ready for an evening of intrigue with “National Treasure: Book of Secrets”, which includes an introduction by the film’s Executive Producer Charles Segars.  I will be there as your festival sommelier to pair St Francis’ world class wines with world class films. Starts at 7pm, admission is free!


National Treasure: Book of Secrets
Starring Nicolas Cage (2007)
Pre-show concert by: Ragtag Sullivan Duo
Thursday, July 14, 2016

Featured Wines
$10 per glass (Includes a keepsake St. Francis logoed glass) | $8 Refill
2015 Chardonnay, Sonoma County
2013 Meritage, Anthem, Sonoma County

St. Francis Film Festival: Sleepless In Seattle, July 7th

It’s back again, the 7th Annual “Stars Under the Stars” seattleOutdoor 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
Starring Tom 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

Collage of Memories from an incredible Telluride Wine Festival 2016!

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.

Post-Caviar Dinner photo I took of the star chefs I was honored to work with at the Telluride Wine Festival 2016 (from front): James Reaux of the Coast II Coast Restaurant Group; Angela Covington of Manchester Farms Quail; local star Angelee Aurillo; Bernard Guillas of Marine Restaurant in San Diego; and Master Baker Lionel Vatinet.


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 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.

Podcast featuring Sawyer Somm!

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!

For more about TWF and the Somm go to
Somm Of It All, Christopher Sawyer!

(Much gratitude to Adolfo & Daedalus for their technical assistance!)

Extraordinary Tuscan Experience at TWF – Friday, June 24

Take the shortcut to Tuscany, via Telluride Wine Festival!  Join me and Lars Leicht from Banfi to taste through an amazing samplings of tuscanyVermentino and Bolgheri Rosso from the coast; a new single vineyard Chianti, and bringing it all together with the newly released 2011 Brunellos. Fantastico!

Extraordinary Tuscan Experience
with Cru Artisan Wines/Banfi Vintners
June 24, 2016 – 2:00pm – 3:00pm

  • tuscan-rossoLa Pettegola Vermentino Toscano
  • Fonte alla Selva Chianti Classico
  • ASKA Bolgheri Rosso
  • Poggio alle Mura Rosso di Montalcino
  • Poggio alle Mura Brunello di Motalcino
  • Poggio alle Mura Brunello di Montalcino Riserva


Taste of Two Valleys with Ramey Wines! TWF – Friday June 24

ramey2Another great seminar and guest at Telluride Wine FestivalJeff 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!

  • ramey1Ramey 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



Que Syrah Shiraz: Seminar at TWF – Friday, June 24

faillaHere is a reason to finally get those Telluride Wine Festival tickets! Join me and winemaker Ehren Jordan for the stimulating seminar Que Syrah Shiraz on Friday June 24, 11am to noon.


arilWe will talk you through these cool climate and warm climate Syrahs from California, Washington State and Australia. Each exhibiting unique profiles and unexpected depth:


  • Failla 2013 Syrah, Failla Estate Vineyard, Fort Ross-Seaview
  • Aril 2014 Syrah, Kick Ranch, Sonoma County
  • Qupe 2012 Syarh, Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard, Edna Valley
  • Peter Lehmann Portrait Shiraz, Southeastern Australia


My Wine Seminars at the Telluride Wine Festival, June 23-25!

Telluride Wine Seminars are coming together and you are invited to partake in the mountain adventure! Join me and other educated panelists to learn more about:

  • The Saveur Pass Luncheon & Sparkling Wines
  • Mountain-to-Mountain: High Elevation Wines
  • Que Syrah Shiraz with winemaker Ehren Jordan of Failla and Aril Wines
  • Extraordinary Tuscan Experience with Banfi Wines
  • The Tales of Two Valleys: Interview and Tasting with Jeff Boyer of Ramey Wines
  • Napa Valley, Living on the Edge of Reality: Exploring the Flavor Profiles of Coastal Pinot Noirs
  • Taste Elite Wines at the Reserve Tasting & Grand Tasting
  • And more . . .

Go to Telluride Wine Festival for ticketing info!

To get your wines involved either in a seminar or the Grand Tasting, or any questions, send me an email:

Bubbles & Blooms at Gloria Ferrer on Sat, April 9th!

A Festival of Spring at this amazing House of Bubbly, Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards, on Saturday from 12-4pm!

gf_bloomsBubbles & Blooms brings professionals from Flower Magazine to teach creative floral arranging, displays, wreaths, and more! See colorful flower art installations perfect for special occasions.

Peruse the on-site garden market for plants and fresh arrangements to get you started enhancing your home. Test your luck winning raffle prizes ranging from floral arrangements to garden equipment!

See you there! Christopher

Sonoma International Film Festival: March 30-April 3

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