Category Archives: Food

In The Cellar At Joel Palmer House Restaurant On THE VARIETAL SHOW

Levi Seed is the Sommelier extraordinaire at the amazing Joel Palmer House Restaurant! THE VARIETAL SHOW huddles with him in the wine cellar to discuss the history of this mushroom centric eatery in the Willamette Valley of Oregon, as well as the ‘Omakase’ Experience, and the largest selection of Pinot Noir in the country: We celebrate with some Ribbon RidgeRR‘ Reisling & Authentique Pinot Noir!

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Enjoy Thanksgiving At Gravenstein Grill!

Chef Simontacchi’s yearly Thanksgiving Feast is not to be missed!

Gravenstein Grill is once again serving up an annual Willie Bird Turkey Two Ways – juicy roasted breast & confit leg, along with traditional sides like local butternut squash soup, herb focaccia stuffing, caramelized brussels sprouts & more! They will also be serving a delicious vegan harvest stew for those who want to skip the meat

To see the menu, click here! This Thanksgiving Lunch & Dinner always sells out fast, so don’t wait until the last minute to book a table!

RESERVE your Thanksgiving Feast: $84 per adult and $32 per child.

Chef Laura Pauli Shares The Love On THE VARIETAL SHOW!

THE VARIETAL SHOW has a great visit with one of our favorite chefs, Laura Pauli, fresh off her volunteer work in Ukraine. There she helped World Central Kitchen for a few months serving the citizens with love & dignity! She treats us to an 1875 Angelica Wine, and we also share some Cain Rose OTO & Cirq Pinot Noir.

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Pinot Paradise On Thursday August 18th At Gravenstein Grill!

Join Gravenstein Grill & Sawyer Somm on the patio to enjoy wine tastings with 15+ top Pinot Noir producers! Talk to winemakers & growers while enjoying paired hors d’oeuvres from Chefs Bob Simontacchi & Makana Colunga.

Guest wineries include: Marimar Estate, Scherrer Winery, Anaba Wines, Davis Bynum, Calstar Cellars, Dutton-Goldfield, Keller Estate, Bacigalupi, Ancien, Radio-Coteau, Benovia Winery, Kobler Estate, Bucher Wines, Papapietro-Perry, Lombardi Wines, Porter Creek Vineyards, Freeman Winery, Kanzler Vineyards, Balletto Vineyards, Purple Pacyderm & More!

TICKETS are $50 preorder and $60 at the door, and includes tastings with ALL of the guest wineries as well as light seasonal appetizers.

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Rosé & Aromatic White Wine Tasting – July 21st At Gravenstein Grill!

Enjoy the Gravenstein Grill Summer Wine Series, with Sawyer Somm on the patio and enjoy wine tastings with 15+ top Rosé & Aromatic White Wine producers Thursday July 21, 5:30-7pm! Talk to winemakers and growers while enjoying paired hors d’oeuvres from Chefs Bob Simontacchi & Makana Colunga.

Guest wineries include: Acumen, Paradise Ridge, Acorn Winery, Flanagan Wine, Carol Shelton Winery, Radio Coteau, Red Car Wine, Talisman Wine, Trecini Winery, Marimar Estate, Balletto Vineyards, Bucher Wines, Vine Wrangler, Chenoweth Wines, Cornerstone Cellars, J. Cage Cellars, Kobler Estate Winery, Claypool Cellars, Crux Winery, Viszlay Vineyards & More!

TICKETS are $40 pre-order and $50 at the door, and includes tastings with ALL of the guest wineries as well as light seasonal appetizers.

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Rhone Rendezvous Is Back! At Gravenstein Grill on Thursday May 12th

Join me at Gravenstein Grill for the 3rd Annual Rhone Rendezvous! We will be featuring incredible wines from some of the best wineries in Sonoma County, along with small bites by Chef Simontacchi, hosted on our spacious outdoor patio.

Get your TICKETS, which include a tasting with ALL of the guest wineries, including Acorn, Anaba, Bee Hunter, Crux, Donelan, Enkidu, Jeff Cohn Cellars, Longboard, Miner Wines, Ramey, Ram’s Gate, Scherrer, Trentadue & Truchard!

See you there! Christopher

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Telluride Wine Festival 2022: Time to register!

Plan to join me at the Telluride Wine Festival, on June 23-26, 2022!  If your winery has participated before then you already know it is a great event in one of the most beautiful mountain towns, where you meet high-end clientele from across the United States. 

I am hoping you are interested in showcasing your wines in one of my educational seminars, for tasting, learning and greeting an ever receptive audience.

Sign up at the REGISTRATION LINK now, and put in the code: SAWYER to get on my seminar A-list!  Please let us know if you have any questions: wine(at)sawyersomm.com

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Announcing . . . Best of Bohemian 2022!

Some exciting news! Announcing BEST SOMMELIER Christopher Sawyer for the ninth year as well as some other nods for some of my buds.

Read about more winners at North Bay Bohemian!

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Celebrate LOVE at Gravenstein Grill!

Enjoy a romantic three course dinner, all weekend long! To celebrate Valentine’s Day this year, Chef Simontacchi & Chef Garcia worked together to create a fantastic meal full of locally sourced meat, fish, & produce.

Gravenstein Grill menu items include locally sourced NY Strip Steak, Foraged Mushrooms, & Pacific Halibut: To see the menu, click here!

Make Reservations for dinner 4:30pm-9pm Friday, Saturday & Sunday (February 11-13) in either the spacious dining room or the open air patio. The cost of the dinner is $80/person.

Holiday Dining At Gravenstein Grill!

Chef Simontacchi is preparing an elegant dinner for Christmas Eve & New Year’s Eve!

You won’t want to miss what he is cooking up this month at Gravenstein Grill, with the best local meats, foraged mushrooms, & seasonal vegetables and turning them into a holiday feast.

Reservations are required and seating is limited, make ONLINE or call 707-634-6142. Check the Xmas menu below or NYE menu here. Dinner is $150/person + tax & gratuity.