Category Archives: Holidays

Stoller & THE VARIETAL SHOW Wishing You HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!

With a nod to Thanksgiving week, THE VARIETAL SHOW returns to Stoller Family Estate, that was originally home to a turkey farm! Here I met with Karl Weichold, Production Winemaker, in the vineyard to discuss weather patterns in Willamette Valley, winemaking techniques and his status as Vigneron. Taste along with us the 2021 Chardonnay, Rose and Pinot Noir Dundee Hills.

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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.

There’s No One Like SOMMS For The Holidays!

Now is the time to plan your family gathering or company event and add a Sommelier to bring a little extra sparkle. Please inquire with Sawyer Somm to find out how he can enliven your holiday celebration, or how his other Wine Consulting Skills might serve your needs! Email wine(at)sawyersomm.com for more information (& be a little patient while he hosts a pre-holiday Celebrity wine education cruise to Mexico, returning October 9.) CHEERS!

The Varietal Show: Valentines Delight with Wine & Chocolate!

Kicking off the 2022 season with a double header, just in time for Valentines Day: The Varietal Show is joined by Diana Schweiger of Acumen Wines and chocolatier Phillip Ashley. So sit down for a delicious pairing with us, wine and Phillip Ashley Chocolates!

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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.

Sparkling To Enjoy All Year in 2022!

Happy New Year! Here is a list of sparkling wines to consider as your celebrations continue throughout 2022, derived from my radio chat with Kim McCallister on KGO 810 AM a few weeks back. CHEERS! Christopher

KGO Exclusive: SawyerSomm’s Sophisticated Sparkling Wine Picks for the New Year, Valentine’s Day & beyond!

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BRUTS

The classic style of sparkling wines crafted with Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes, using the traditional methode champenoise techniques in the cellar.

SawyerSomm Picks (local):

  • Flaunt 2017 Brut, Russian River Valley $48
  • J Vineyard 2014 Brut, Russian River Valley – $60
  • Iron Horse 2017 Winters Cuvee, Green Valley of Russian River Valley – $70
  • Roederer Estate 2004 L’Ermitage Brut LD, Anderson Valley – $120

SawyerSomm Picks (imports):

Pairings  Tips: Raw oysters; chips with creamy dips; brie and young cheeses; gourmet soups and salads; fresh seafood, sushi; spicy pasta dishes;  chicken, pork, and stews. Delicious way to create smiles and open up the palates at great gatherings.

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BLANC DE BLANCS

In French, the fanciful term blanc de blancs literally means ‘white of whites’. In France’s famous region of Champagne and top winegrowing regions in Northern California, it refers to sophisticated sparkling wines that are made exclusively with high-quality Chardonnay grapes.

SawyerSomm Picks (local & imports):

  • Idle Hour NV Blanc de Blancs, Clements Hills – $38
  • Frank Family Vineyards 2015 Blanc de Blancs, Carneros – $55
  • Michel Turgy NV Les Mesnil Reserve Brut Blanc de Blancs, Champagne, France –  $60
  • Ruinart NV Blanc de Blancs, Champagne, France – $90

Pairings  Tips: Oyster with shallot-bases mignonette; rich, earthy cheeses; appetizers with tangy aioli; creamy soups or seasonal bisques; fresh Dungeness crab; pasta dishes with wild mushrooms; grilled fish; roasted chicken; pork stew; grilled meats.

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BRUT ROSES

As the flavorful counterpoint to blanc de blancs. The French term blanc de noirs means ‘white of blacks’, referring to elegant sparkling wines with translucent white or slightly pink hues made exclusively with the black-skinned grapes Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. These special grape varieties are also used to craft styles of Brut Roses.

SawyerSomm Picks (local & imports):

CHEERS & HAPPY NEW YEAR from the Sawyer-Casale champagne tasting in December 2021!

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.

Leave it to Glen Lyon: A Creative Reminder

Ready to move beyond the challenges of a pandemic year? Well, it is not quite over yet, so hopefully this video, featuring Suzy Fridell of Glen Lyon Winery, will give you one last push to make it through!

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Celebrate The New Year With This Breathless Sparkling Show!

Taking a step back to April, when I joined this Inaugural Zoom “Virtual Tasting” of the Breathless Blanc de Blancs with Winemaker Penny and the Breathless Sisters: Penny shares recipes to pair, plus trivia. A perfect way to get your sparkling fix with me for the transition to 2021! CHEERS & HAPPY NEW YEAR from SAWYER SOMM!

Spread Holiday Cheer With This Special CellarPass TV Episode!

On-site and socially distanced at Spottswoode with Lindy Novak & Beth Novak-Milliken!

If you missed our live air date, never fret, I have it for you here! The special holiday inspired episode with Spottswoode Winery is linked here for your viewing convenience. So grab yourself a bottle to enjoy with some favorite holiday snacks and tunes, then follow this link below to join me for our titillating conversation.

CellarPassTV: Happy Holidays with Spottswoode Estate and Chris Sawyer Sommelier!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS! Christopher

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