Join me at Gravenstein Grillfor a very special evening featuring local winemaking legend Merry Edwards as she guides you through a lineup of fantastic Russian River wines produced right here in Sebastopol. Chef Simontacchi has created a dish to pair with each, designed to bring out the flavors of both the wines and the incredible foods available here in West Sonoma.
Check out the five course wine-paired menu below and call 707-634-6142 to make your reservations!
You know where I will be! Enjoy a little bubbly from MY WINE LIST to pair with the amazing menu by Chef Bob Simontacchi. Make your reservations by calling (707) 634-6142. (Then walk it off with a refreshing visit to Ragle Ranch, just down the road.)
Follow this LINK to view the special Easter Brunch menu!
An easy way to impress, make your reservations at Gravenstein Grillfor this fabulous Pre-Fix Dinner for Valentines Day, next Wednesday, February 14th! Reservation required so please call 707.634.6142: Be sure to peruse the detailed menu options following!
Psst! If you cannot make it that night then plan to try Chef Simontacchi’s Signature Tasting Menu on any weeknight for $30 featuring signature & seasonal dishes using local ingredients. (See delicious examples way below!)
Valentine’s Day Menu
A morsel from Chef Simontacchi to whet your appetite
Soup or Salad Choices
Organic Local Mixed Baby Lettuce Salad with Pt. Reyes Blue Cheese Vinaigrette, Orange Segments, Almonds
Lobster Bisque with Meyer Lemon Creme Fraiche
Dungeness Crab Salad with Grapefruit & Avocado
Braised Wild Mushrooms with Creamy Mascarpone & Chive Polenta
Sesame Crusted Ahi Tuna with Soba Noodle Salad & Citrus Soy Broth
Main Course Choices
Grilled Filet Mignon with Asparagus, Potato Gratin & Chimichurri Sauce
Swiss Chard, Caramelized Shallot & Pine Nut Ravioli with Meyer Lemon & Bellwether Farm’s Ricotta Buerre Blanc, Fennel Pollen
Seared Dayboat Scallop Saffron Risotto with Smoked Tomato Coulis
Assortment of Mini-Cookies
from Pastry Chef Hannah Meeker
This just in!SawyerSomm lamb and wine pairing featured in the Robb Report. Check out my selection below and see all the featured wines in the article 5 Wines to Pair with Lamb. Happy holidays and enjoy all those delicious meals (with good wine, of course)!
Failla 2015 Syrah Hudson Vineyard
The 2015 Syrah Hudson Vineyard ($56), a new release from Failla’s gifted winemaker Ehren Jordan, hails from the celebrated Hudson Vineyard in Carneros, an appellation that will celebrate its 35-year anniversary in 2018. Fittingly, before becoming a prominent winegrowing region, this area between Napa and Sonoma was well known for the young lambs that frolicked in the pastures. “Lofty scents of dark fruits, fresh violets, and roasted meats lead to concentrated flavors of dark cherry, wild berry, fresh truffle, black olives and layers of spice,” says Chris Sawyer, sommelier at Gravenstein Grill and founder of SawyerSomm.com. “It’s got fabulous texture, and a deep, rich, and rewarding finish that is a perfect match for lamb.”
Here is your second chance to experience the best of art, poetry, food, and wine all in one place! Pairings for the Senses is a Sonoma Valley Museum of Art concept inspired by the long-running event Flight of Poets, organized by Bay Area poets Hollie Hardy and Tess Taylor, and myself (Sonoma Sommelier Christopher Sawyer), where live poetry readings are paired with the perfect Sonoma County wines.
Get yourTICKETS to join us Saturday December 2nd, 5:30-7:30: I will be the MC for the evening, with another amazing line up of Poets, Chefs, and Vintners sharing how it all comes together in a set of dynamic pairings to delight all our senses.
The POETS: Introduction by Tess Taylor, Hollie Hardy, Iris Jamahl Dunkle, Tongo Eisen-Martin
The CHEFS & WINES: Armando Navarro of El Dorado Kitchen, Bryan Jones of St. Francis Winery & Vineyards, Carlo Cavallo of B&V Whiskey Bar and Grille, Jeff Tyler of Palooza Gastropub, Muscardini Cellars, Gloria Ferrer, La Rochelle Winery
Top to bottom: Poet Iris Jamahl Dunkle, Muscardini Cellars selection: Chef Armando Navarro preps at EDK (PD photo); Gorgeous view of La Rochelle Winery
Just one week away! At Gravenstein Grill the food will be taken care of, then top it off with some tastes from my wine list. Call (707) 634-6142 to make your reservations. Enjoy the feast! ~Christopher
Get your warm beverage, set at the desk and prepare to peruse the Sonoma County list of categories! I am hoping to retain my incumbency for the fifth year: I humbly request your vote. Please fill in the following, then join me at the Gravenstein Grill some night to toast our win!
Best Sommelier Christopher Sawyer Best New Restaurant Gravenstein Grill
Another fabulous way to support your community! Join me and Ziggy the Wine Gal at this Superstar event to raise funds for theNorth Bay Fire Relief, an incredible effort to help our neighbors rise from the ashes.
Gravenstein Grill 8050 Bodega Avenue Sebastopl, CA 95472 6pm to close $100 suggested donation
There will be an amazing selection of wines, many from Russian River Winegrowers and the Coffey Park areas, being poured and up for auction! Cocktails and appetizers to enjoy while perusing the silent auction, then get ready for live bidding at 7pm.
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.
The Sonoma Valley Museum of Art is thrilled to announce our Fall 2017 season of Pairings for the Senses. I will be your MC for the evening festivities, introducing our visiting poets, vintners, and chefs, and talking with the audience about how each taste component complements one another and pairs with the selected artwork.
November 4, 5:30-7:30pm POETS: Introduction by Hollie Hardy, Tess Taylor, Bruce Snider,
CHEFS: Sheana Davis–The Epicurean Connection, Ed Metcalfe–Shiso Modern Asian Kitchen, David Bush–Oso Sonoma, Matthew Nagan–Schellville Grill
WINERIES: Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards, Anaba Wines, Jeff Cohn Cellars, and Gundlach Bundschu Winery
ART: David Ligare: Magna Fide (The Great Belief) and Forge and Stone: Contemporary California Women Sculptors
Don’t wait to purchase tickets—seating is limited to just 75 people each night. Tickets (per night): $35 SVMA members and $40 general public