Hey everybody, as the state, and eventually nation, slowly closed their doors to group endeavors, we were finishing up judging at the fabulous 3rd Annual Sonoma International Film Festival Wine Competition.
With the film festival on hold until July 30-August 2, we are going to give a sneak preview of the wine award winners for your drinking pleasure! Follow me at Christopher Sawyer Sommelier to watch my LIVE Facebook unveiling of the winners for 2020 on Friday, April 17th at NOON.
Then mark your calendars for SIFF this summer to celebrate!
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!
For those not in the know (yet), here is a trailer for the much anticipated artsploitation film by my friends Daedalus Howell and Karen Hess. Read more about the project at the Pill Head: The Website. Set for an early-fall release date! Be sure to catch the suave fellow who portrays The Sommelier. Keep posted here or at the Pill Head Facebook Page.
It’s not just for movies anymore! NVFF is the ultimate celebration of film, food and wine, throughout the vibrant Napa Valley. Attendees enjoy cooking demonstrations, afternoon wine tastings, winemaker dinners and more, as well as an amazing selection of films!
This year the Caldwell Vineyards Maverick Tribute will be given to Will Ferrell.
The new Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch Humanitarian Tribute will be presented to actors Nikki Reed and Ian Somerhalder of the Ian Somerhalder Foundation.
Other actors receiving recognition in 2017 are Nancy Meyers (“It’s Complicated,” “The Intern”), Michael Shannon (“The Shape of Water,” “The Current War”), and Michael Stuhlbarg (“Call Me By Your Name,” “The Shape of Water”) at various scheduled events.
It is time for the Vampyre Sommelier to make his seasonal appearance! He has been keeping busy this year, with a jaunt in Pill Head, an upcoming Artsploitation film with some of the same folks. Scroll down to see the V.S. in action!
This is an amazing opportunity, not only to view The Duel of Wine, an Internationally recognized film, but also to join me with the star, Charlie Arturaola, world-famous sommelier for the tasting and screening. Check out the film preview below!
Both events take place on Saturday September 23rd, at Quarryhill Botanical Garden in Glen Ellen, a gorgeous setting to enjoy fine wines.
The Tasting Seminar begins at 2pm with Charlie, myself and Michael Traverso, a representative of the Italian Estates of Wilson Daniels. Film screening of The Duel of Wine begins at 7:45, Italian wines will be available for purchase as well as the evening menu, Chicken Cacciatore and Baked Penne with Roasted Vegetables. (Please no outside wine or food.)
Some of you know I have had film cameos and numerous interviews throughout the digital and audio realms. Well Pill Head is my newest adventure, making my big screen debut as The Sommelier in the new feature film being made by our friends Karen Hess and Daedalus Howell. Not so much of a stretch theatrically for me but more a case of perfect casting! Filming begins September 30th, so please contribute toward the production with plans to witness the final product in the near future: http://igg.me/at/pillhead
The Pill Head kick-off reception last month at La Dolce Vita Wine Lounge in Petaluma was a hoot, and yielded a spirited original interview with Writer-Director Daedalus and Assistant Director Ben Staub. Enjoy this discussion as a primer for what may (or may not be) to come!
(originally aired on The Morning Show, KSVY, 91.3 FM, Sonoma)
An aptly named film for this week of record breaking temperatures! Join me at the St. Francis Outdoor Film Festival on Thursday July 20th at 7pm, for the classic comedy Some Like It Hot starring Jack Lemon, Tony Curtis and, of course, Marilyn Monroe. Come early to enjoy the pre-show concert by the Carlos Herrera Band.
A perfect pairing! After you join us for the movie night showing of Greaseon Thursday July 13th, plan to return for the weekend’s 6th Ever Luxury Bacon Dinner at the St. Francis Winery & Vineyard dining room, 6:30 pm on July 15th.Procure your tickets!
Mini Quiche Lorraine
Pancetta Wrapped Shrimp with Saba Glaze
Bacon Burger Sliders
2015 Chardonnay, Wild Oak Vineyard, Sonoma Valley 2014 Cabernet Franc, Wild Oak Vineyard, Sonoma Valley
Smoked Trout, Egg & Potato Salad
Herb Salad | House Cured Bacon | Salmon Roe 2015 Chardonnay, Martinelli Vineyard, Russian River Valley
BBQ Pork Belly
Chipotle Glaze | Corn Purée | Fried Green Tomatoes
Pickled Green Tomatoes | Piquillo Pepper Relish 2014 Malbec, Wild Oak Vineyard, Sonoma Valley
Stars Under the Stars Outdoor Film Festival takes place every Thursday night at the Winery from July 6 to July 27. Seating on the lawn begins at 7pm with a pre-show concert and wine reception. El Coyote Food Truck will be serving delicious Mexican food available for purchase. Feature film begins at dusk. I will be there to pair St. Francis’ world class wines with world class films.