Start Sonoma County Wine Weekend in style by joining us at the annual Russian River Valley Paulée Dinner at the Landmark Vineyards Hop Kiln Estate on Friday, September 1st, 5 to 8:30 pm. I’ll be there with a rocking group of talented winemakers, winery proprietors, star chefs, and some of the top offerings of Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc in the United States.
Only a few TICKETS left, get yours before they are gone!
And now for another extraordinary event originating in Oregon this week! Bounty of Yamhill County (BOYC) in the Willamette Valley is a three-day annual event that celebrates the vibrant community of famous wineries, celebrated chefs, and sustainable family farms. No other locally sourced food and wine event can boast such nationally-recognized participants.
Check the schedule of events and get tickets HERE!
Join us for this spectacular Zinfandel paired meal by myself and Executive Chef Bob Simontacchi at Gravenstein Grill in Sebastopol, Thursday, August 10th, at 6:30! To make reservations phone: (707) 634-6142 or email: email@example.com
Bing Cherry Salad
Local Pepper Cress, Fresh Shaved Corn, Torpedo Onion, Rice Wine Vinaigrette
ACORN 2012 Medley, Alegria Vineyard, Russian River Valley
Walnut Keep Pork Sugo
Local Pork Shoulder Slowly Braised with Tomatoes, Onions, Peppers, & Fennel over Crisped Yukon Gold Potato & Chive Gnocchi
Hartford Family 2015 Zinfandel, Russian River Valley
“BBQ” Duck Confit
Cured Duck Legs Pulled & Tossed in Honey-Bourbon BBQ Sauce over
Creamy White Cheddar & Scallion Polenta
Gordian Knot 2014 Old Vine Zinfandel, Winberrie Vineyard, Russian River Valley
Applewood Smoked Short Rib
Sugar & Salt Crusted Short Rib slow smoked, served with Heirloom Peppers in Creamed Corn with Crispy Shallots
Gamba 2014 Zinfandel, Family Ranches, Russian River Valley
Stone Fruit Galette
Organic Local Stone Fruit, Sweetened Whipped Mascarpone with Vanilla Bean
Gravenstein Grill, 8050 Bodega Avenue, Sebastopol, California 95472
But first, a little background. . . Chouriço is Portugal’s answer to the Spanish Chorizo. Typically cooked over a clay assador, a mini, portable indoor grill, chouriço is one of Portugal’s prized culinary specialties. It is often enjoyed sliced as an appetizer alongside bread, cheese and olives. Pair this delicacy with Dow’s 2015 Vale do Bomfim ($13 SRP), a product of the Symington Family Estate. The compelling aromas showcase rich black fruit, lending to flavors of blackberries and plums on the palate. Lively acidity and freshness help cut through the fat of the chouriço, making it a perfect pairing.
Don’t forget the veggies! Our family favorite of the past few years is grilled Caesar Salad. Yes, even the young lad goes for this one. A great way to round out the heartier sausage and cheeses, plus add a bowl of freshly picked blackberries to finish things off (found along innumerable rural roads in Sonoma & Napa Counties).
Happy grilling! The Sawyer Family
Robert Mondavi Winery is planning a very special dinner on Wednesday, July 26th: Their illustrious winery Chef Jeff Mosher will be collaborating with rising star culinarian, 23-year-old Chef Theo Friedman, to prepare a fabulous, one of a kind, wine pairing dinner.
Spotlight on Emerging Chef Series –
Dinner with Chef Theo Friedman
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
6:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Theo has taken the NY culinary scene by storm with his inventive cuisine since recently graduating from Tufts University. Theory Kitchen, featuring his recurring pop up dinners have been dubbed among “The 5 Most Amazing Underground Dining Experiences in America” by Vogue Magazine and his talents have been chronicled in publications such as the Village Voice, The Boston Globe and TimeOut, among others.
Purchase your tickets online or call (888) 766-6328, ext. 2
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.
Keep it cool! Christopher
Sorry about the scheduling confusion! We have set the new date for this dinner as Thursday August 10th. It will feature fabulous zinfandels from ACORN Winery, Hartford Court Family Winery, Gamba Vineyards & Winery and more! I will be there again as your happy Sommelier Chris Sawyer. Stay tuned for the menu details at the Gravenstein Grill Facebook page and call 707-634-6142 to make your reservations! See you there! ~Christopher
Gravenstein Grill is located at
8050 Bodega Ave, Sebastopol, CA 95472
A perfect pairing! After you join us for the movie night showing of Grease on 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
Grilled Peaches | Charred Cippolini Onions | Mustard Greens
2014 Zinfandel, Montecillo Vineyard, Sonoma Valley
Bacon Banana Bread
Salted Caramel Ice Cream | Banana-Walnut Fritters
2014 Port, Sonoma County
More appreciation goes out to those that made this event work for me and the wineries involved. Cannot overlook the amazing food, Sommelier experts Wayne and Nadia, plus my team of Deborah, Teale, Simone and even my son Rupert (who helped deliver ice & water at the Grand Tasting)! I could not have done it without them. Besides this view of the Sunday Brunch along the main street of Telluride, here are some more great pix to share from behind the scenes.
Left to Right: Selfie with my Somms, Wayne Belding & Nadia Pavlevska; A delicious salad from the Precious Bites picnic; Busy chefs prepare a gourmet meal
Clockwise: A cake by Fig & Bloom at the Grand Tasting; The gondola view from above Telluride; Special course from guest star chef Dean Max at The Calling dinner; With my team, Deborah and Teale, surrounded by oodles of wine talent!
Clockwise: Telluride main street; Delectible snacks at the Grand Tasting; The crowds gather around the Sommelier Selection table at the Grand Tasting
Heads up for this weeks premiere of the St. Francis Outdoor Film Festival: July 6th is The Breakfast Club! Plus the special pre-show concert will be Band Camp.
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.
Also mark your calendar for the upcoming shows:
- Grease on July 13
- Some Like It Hot on July 20
- Good Will Hunting on July 27
See you there! Christopher